7 Real-Life Bad Candidate Experiences

June 20, 2017 CareerBuilder

There are some things you simply can’t predict — such as how the series finale of “Scandal” will go down or what Kanye West will say next. But lucky for you, candidate behavior doesn’t need to be one of them.

CareerBuilder surveyed job seekers as well as 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 2017 Candidate Behavior study.

Here, in random order, are some key findings.

Nearly half of candidates (45 percent) agree that they can typically tell what it would be like to work for a company based on their career site.

Only 1 in 3 employers have applied to one of their companies’ jobs to see what the process is like. Of those, nearly half (46 percent) say the process was “very good.”

Compare that to the mere 32 percent of candidates who rate their most recent experience as “very good.”

Forty-seven percent of candidates say employers do a good job of setting expectations in terms of communication at the beginning of a potential hiring interaction.

While 78 percent of employers feel they do a good job setting expectations upfront and communicating throughout the process.

Nearly half of candidates (48 percent) say the employment screening experience has an impact on how favorably they view a potential employer.

Seventy-three percent of candidates say the job-search process is one of the most stressful things in life.

Get more tips on how to attract top candidates — and keep them engaged during the hiring process: See more findings from CareerBuilder’s 2017 Candidate Behavior Study.

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