We recruiters are pretty quick to point out mistakes candidates make during job searches. We talk about common resume errors, we roll our eyes and relate tales of candidates who answer cell phone calls during interviews, and we complain about the ones who apply for every position posted – even when they clearly don’t have the required background or experience to get the job done.
Let’s turn the tables and think about the things we can do to keep job seekers happy and engaged throughout the process. What got me thinking about this today? An article I read in Forbes, entitled A Job-Hunter’s Bill Of Rights. I suffered a few pangs of guilt as I read Lydia O’Connor’s account of unprepared interviewers, hiring managers showing up in sweat pants, and — the big one — no follow up. Go ahead and take a few minutes to read it. See if you can relate.
I know lots of recruiters. For the most part, we’re an empathetic lot who would never knowingly irritate or pain applicants. Let’s take Lydia’s story as a warning of what could happen if we ever forget that candidates are every bit as much our clients as are the companies who pay our fees.