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3 Reasons Why Candidates Aren’t Accepting Your Job Offer

3 reasons why candidates aren’t accepting your job offer

Candidates can be equally as picky as the employer. Most presume the employer holds all the cards – since they’re the ones with the potential job on offer! But it’s worthwhile taking into consideration why candidates could possibly reject a job offer.

1. Failed to impress

Simply put, they weren’t impressed by the interview and nothing, in particular, WOWed them. This is pretty important, for a candidate to be able to envisage themselves working for a company and get a better sense of whether the job role is right for them. Failing to impress the candidate can mean damaging implications for the company brand as well as its reputation. A less than satisfied candidate will be unlikely to apply again for a future role within the same employer and might advise others to do the same.

A successful interview not only depends on the employer determining the best candidate fit. But from the job seekers perspective, it’s important for them to receive a positive candidate experience that will encourage them to accept a job offer.

To impress the candidate the interviewer should make a conscious effort to be organised, on time and have a genuine interest in the answers the candidate provides. These are small steps that could make a huge difference to a candidates interview performance. Build a rapport and have a conversational style interview without trying to ‘catch’ the interviewee out. This will be far more effective than coming across as stand-offish and cold.

2. A poor candidate experience

Candidate experience can be the difference between accepting and rejecting a job offer. This can depend on how they react to the various different stages throughout the hiring process, including the interview. This is formed through candidate opinion, thoughts and feelings regarding their experience.

If emotions are negative and they feel dissatisfied, frustrated or even annoyed with their interview experience they could be reluctant to accept a job offer. This may occur when an employer or recruiter takes too long to get back to a candidate regarding the status of their application. Keeping a candidate waiting for an excessively long time without any updates; looks unprofessional, bad-mannered and often could encourage candidates to look elsewhere. Be aware that in the meantime, they could have attended a separate interview and even accepted a job offer if one employer takes TOO long to respond. Candidates don’t hang around and unless they have their heart set on one job, some will keep looking for a job until their receive their offer.

3. Lack of growth

Career growth and progression are important requirements for many job seekers. When a candidate learns more about the role in the interview, they want to feel the potential job and the company can provide them with the tools and foundation to grow within their career. If the interviewer fails to communicate this, it can result in the loss of hiring high-quality talent.

Hiring teams should attempt to ask questions about the candidate’s future career plans and where do they see themselves in 5 years. This will provide them with an indication of their current situation and where they want to be. Making it easier for the employer to decide how the job seekers long-term plan will align with the companies.

In your experience what have been the main reasons, candidates don’t accept a job offer? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs

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