Do candidates need reasons when they are rejected for a job? A study says yes!
Rejections are never acceptable. But if the reasons behind it, are apt they helps the bearer to actually be aware of their own shortcomings. Rejections are not always BAD, yeah they sound disgusting but sometimes 'being rejected' drags you out, from your comfort zone and lets you improvise.
We all have faced rejections in our life and know how terrible and bewildered it made us feel every single time they encountered. There are situations when we give our best shot and just when we're sure of our success, something wrong eventually happens. And we actually wonder what the heck went wrong? Employers who leave rejected job candidates with a bad taste in their mouths may see the bottom line suffer for it, new research shows.
A research by an online job site found that candidates who had a terrible experience when applying for a position are less likely to seek employment at that same firm again. They are also more likely to discourage friends and family from applying or even purchasing products from that company.
Majority of job seekers expects responses from a company after an application, whether employer is interested or not. But almost 75% of applicants said they never heard back from a company they applied to in the last year.
The research shows that by simply not responding, employers run the risk of losing out not only on a future employee, but a customer as well. Nearly one-third of those surveyed would be less inclined to purchase products or services from a company that didn't respond to their application.
Several other actions also led to bad experiences for applicants, including: employers who didn't let candidates know the company's decision following an interview, job requirements that didn't match what was in the job posting or company representatives who didn't present a positive work experience or seem knowledgeable.
The study found that the effects of a job candidate's negative experience can lead to a broader impact on the employer's ability to recruit and sell products. Specifically, more than 20% of job candidates who have had bad experiences would tell others not to work at that company, while 9% would discourage family and friends from patronizing the business.
One bad applicant experience can have a ripple effect, with candidates not only vocalizing their dissatisfaction with how they were treated, but encouraging others not to apply or even buy products from that company. It's so critical that your employment brand effectively carries through at every touch point with candidates.
Just as bad experiences can carry long-term effects, so too can good applicant experiences, even if the candidate wasn't actually hired. Nearly 40 percent of candidates who were happy with the way an employer treated them after an application would recommend others to work at that business, while 23 percent would be more likely to purchase products or services from that company.