Recruitment is a Two-Way Street

29 januari 2018

Have you ever asked yourself what it is like to be on the candidate’s side of the table?

Many of the managers that I work with are successful, loyal people, who have worked with their company for over 15 years. They look at the recruitment process a little bit like granting an audience. They offer a job, and the candidate has to ‘fight’ for it. The candidate has to prove that they are really interested, the candidate has to convince the manager. At times they (almost) frighten the candidate away by their critical attitude during the interview.

Recruitment is a two-way street, and both sides have to do some of the ‘selling’. It’s not because someone came to the interview, that they will sign the contract.

Many candidates in this day and age have the luxury of choice, so they too have their selection criteria for a company.

The kinds of questions most candidates have (but not necessarily ask out loud) are:

  • Why should I choose this company over another one?
  • Why would it suit me better?
  • What is the culture like?
  • What do I like or dislike about it?
  • How does it feel? (the environment, the recruitment process, the contact with the people, …)
  • What does it say about me if I would work here?
  • What would make me regret this decision tomorrow/next week/next year?

Choosing a job is both a rational and an emotional process, often shared with family and friends, who in turn have a strong impact on the emotional part. The more information a candidate gets, the easier it is for them to make the right choice.

You don’t want the candidate who tries hardest, you want to the one who made a conscious choice. And you can help them do that.

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