You have one chance to make a first impression. In hiring, as in anything, sometimes a first impression steers the direction of the interview. Much of the first impression you leave falls under your control. But, unbelievably, first impression bias based on factors you can’t control still exists. It’s always difficult to think that you left a bad impression. You always think you could have done more. Sometimes, however, it’s not your fault.
Contrary to the doom and gloom still shown on the evening news, there are jobs available. In some cases, many jobs. Good jobs. Many of these positions, however, remain open for extended periods of time… despite receiving many applicants. Why is it seemingly so hard for employers to find and hire good candidates? According to this infographic from our friends at SmartRecruiters, it seems that both candidates and employers share fault. For instance: 52% of employers state they can’t find candidates that are the right fit 47% of candidates found employers’ application processes too cumbersome to pursue Take a look at
When you see a job posting, ask this question: Why are they hiring? The hiring process is expensive in terms of money, resources, and time. And extending an offer comes with a certain amount of risk.
In our job search, we are focused on what we need. We need opportunities to work in our field, to support ourself financially, to secure benefits and to meet our goals.
While these are critical considerations, there’s a lot at stake on both sides. Preparing yourself for your next career move by taking a look at the process from the employer’s perspective will make you a stronger candidate!