76% of Candidates Want to Know About Day-to-Day Responsibilities

June 13, 2016 Matt Tarpey

Recruitment and hiring can be a complicated business, so CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior Study took a look at it in simple terms: What do candidates want to know?

According to the study, the question on 76% of job seekers’ minds is “What would my day-to-day job be?” Fifty-seven percent are wondering what skill sets employers consider negotiable versus non-negotiable skills.

These may sound like pretty basic queries, but employers who fail to address these questions in job postings or in the interview process are going to have a hard time finding interested candidates.

What does this mean for you?

Even if you’re a relatively young company or the open position is still brand new, it’s important to have a clear definition of what responsibilities the role will entail. Great job candidates may not want to just be another cog in the machine, but they also don’t want to be given no direction whatsoever. So whether your filling a recently vacated position or creating an entirely new role from scratch, make sure you understand what the role will start out as – and look for a candidate who will be able to help it grow from there.


Learn more about how to give candidates the kind of experience that will make them want to work for you with in-depth insights from CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior Study.

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