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Things Candidates Hate

Things Candidates Hate

01/08/2017
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  • Having no idea who they are meeting, how long it will last and being kept waiting alone in in reception.
  • Taking a personal day off only to fall into the Black Hole of No Feedback and never to be spoken to again.
  • Interviewers not understanding your CV – thinking it showed too many positions when in fact you’ve worked for the same company for 10 years, but it changed names 10 times!
  • Navigating a ridiculous, invasive online application that does not save after each field, crashes unexpectedly, is hard to complete thoroughly, and yet is viewed as a negative if it is incomplete.
  • Walking in to an interview with a person more junior than you to discover they’re reading the CV for the first time and is asking inane questions such as, “So, why do you need a job with our company?” when you were headhunted.
  • Feeling like you’re the right person for the job but somehow can’t get an interview – whether that’s because of a CV, undeveloped communications skills, or not connecting at the right level.
  • Going through a more thorough interview process than is really appropriate for the role – be careful and don’t overdo it!
  • Background checks conducted by people who aren’t really qualified to do them – raising ‘red flags’ on degrees & qualifications by people who don’t understand them!
  • Enduring a formal interview process, complete with a one-hour phone screen with HR, a call with a junior team member asking basic questions, and then getting the green light to attend a cattle call. All of this when the candidate has only agreed to being “open to talking” and is NOT looking for a job.