What do candidates really expect from you when it comes to the recruitment process however? Leading HR technology company, CareerArc surveyed more than 1,000 employees to find out exactly this.

Employers can no longer rely on simply providing candidates with a new job opportunity to get them through the door. If you want to attract the very best talent, the candidate experience you provide must be a positive one.

Failing to get this right can be very costly – recruitment is likely to take longer, you may lose preferred candidates to your competitors and you’re also far more likely to make the wrong hire.

What do candidates really expect from you when it comes to the recruitment process however? Leading HR technology company, CareerArc surveyed more than 1,000 employees to find out exactly this.

Before the application

Did you know that thanks to the Internet, before candidates even apply to your job, they’re doing their research about you?

  • 55% of the candidates who were surveyed said that they’ve abandoned a job application after reading a negative employer review.
  • Most of us will check out a company’s social media pages before going in for an interview but despite this, 55% of employers neither monitor nor address negative comments on their social media pages or review sites.
  • Job seekers rank current employees as the most trusted source of information about a company, followed by online reviews from job applicants and former employees. The least trusted source is CEOs and other company executives.

After the application

Whether an applicant gets invited in for an interview or not, the candidate experience you provide is crucial.

  • A third of job seekers say they have posted at least one negative review of a previous or prospective employer. Candidates who leave bad reviews are also 66% more likely to spread these opinions on social media and with friends and colleagues which can be very damaging to a company’s reputation.
  • Just one in three applicants say they’re been asked for their feedback about a company’s recruitment process.
  • When questioned about the part of the job search process most in need of improvement, job seekers say it’s the response time they have to wait when a hiring decision has been made. 

What does the future of recruitment look like?

The recruitment process has changed dramatically over the last decade and as it continues to evolve, it’s important that companies stay up-to-date with current trends. According to the results of CareerArc’s survey:

  • Social and professional networks are now the most common recruiting platforms. A whopping 91% of employers use social media to hire and job seekers also rank these platforms as the most useful resource in their job search.
  • The top technologies job seekers want to see more of by 2020 include virtual/augmented reality, predictive recruiting technology and gamification.
  • 99% of us believe that managing employer brand and reputation is a very important part of attracting top talent.
  • Nearly 70% of unemployed job seekers who were offered an outplacement service (when employers help staff they’ve let go find their next job quicker) said it improved their relationship and perception of their previous employer.

If you would like help attracting top talent or managing your candidate experience, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.