Where did all the candidates go?
At the same time nearly every employer is scrambling to attract more candidates, many organizations chase the good ones away without even realizing it. Here are 7 reasons why quality candidates may not apply at your company.
- Credential creep. Application requirements go beyond what is truly necessary to do the job. For example, these issues can discourage applicants:
- X years of experience. Few companies have any evidence that more years equals better performance. Maybe it does. Maybe it doesn’t. But having excessive experience requirements in the Age of Googlization is a sure-fire reason why you’re not attracting candidates.
- Industry experience required. Really? Have you never heard about transferrable skills such as problem solving, persuasiveness, drive, communication, team leadership?
- Specific degree required. So a college degree or MBA is worth more than 10 years’ of experience? Unless a degree is required for licensure, consider all forms of education including on-the-job training or life experience.
- Requiring experience and education in order that a company can forego training is a bad idea, especially in this tight labor market.
2. Application abandonment. The application should be a tool to gather basic information to qualify (or disqualify) a candidate. Lengthy and cumbersome applications are one of the biggest reasons candidates don’t apply for jobs. Use our candidate experience survey to get an outsider’s perspective on your application.
6. Ban the box. Integrity is important but don’t be too quick to dismiss a good candidate who has blemish on his or her criminal history, especially if not relevant to the job or it was committed in well in the past.