Job Candidates Are Often Kept in the Dark

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-10-2015 Email

The majority of job seekers expect to hear back from employers after they apply-but most employers typically don't respond to candidates' applications, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The findings reveal a significant gap between what potential recruits expect from a company, and what hirers are actually willing to do. As a result, talented applicants are walking away from these experiences with negative impressions of the targeted organization. And that often leads to long-term, reputational issues for that company. "Today's candidates expect ongoing communications from companies during the application process, and when companies fail to meet this expectation, it can be bad for business," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder. "Candidates remember when companies don't respond to them, fail to update them on the status of their application or don't follow up after an interview." More than 5,000 workers and 2,000 hiring managers took part in the research, which was conducted in partnership with Inavero.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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