7 Real-Life Bad Candidate Experiences

May 13, 2016 Deanna Hartley

There are some things you simply can’t predict — such as how the season finale of “Scandal” will go down or what Kanye West will say when he goes up on stage to interrupt accept an award. But lucky for you, candidate behavior doesn’t need to be one of them.

CareerBuilder surveyed 4,505 U.S. job seekers and 505 Canadian job seekers, as well as 1,505 hiring managers and recruiters, about virtually every aspect of the recruitment process — and we found out a LOT of interesting information that we compiled in CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior study.

Here, in random order, are some key findings.

Hiring managers and recruiters use an average of 15 resources to find the right candidate. However, what you may not have realized is that today’s “consumer candidates” are savvy and do their homework before applying.

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The one area employers may be lacking in, however, is testing their own process to pinpoint frustrations and make necessary changes. Only 31 percent of employers claim to have tried applying to one of their company’s open jobs to see what the process is like.

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Fifty-five percent of job seekers say it’s also difficult to understand what it would be like to work at a particular organization prior to interviewing with them.

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The willingness of job seekers to endure a lengthy application process decreases the longer it goes on. However, nearly 1 out of 10 job seekers say a company completely drops out of consideration if they can’t apply via a mobile device.

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Can you guess what employers’ biggest frustration is? Nearly 2 in 5 (39 percent) say it’s candidates who apply for positions they’re not qualified for.

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In fact, 70 percent of employers feel it would be helpful if candidates could directly contact them with questions about their postings to assess whether or not they are they right fit before applying.

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Want to know what a job seeker’s biggest frustration is? Nearly half (45 percent) say it’s when employers don’t respond to them. In fact, job seekers say 4 out of 10 (38 percent) of their applications never receive a response or any type of communication. So if you want to stay a step ahead of your competition, do yourself a favor and avoid that dreaded black hole.

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Get more tips on how to attract top candidates — and keep them engaged during the hiring process: See more findings from CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior Study.

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