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New CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Candidates Miffed With Employment Process

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Despite high unemployment rates, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than half (56 percent) of employers who recruited new employees in the last year reported that a candidate rejected their job offer. That’s right — rejected it.

Turns out, a candidate’s experience with the employer from start to finish during the recruitment process impacts their decision about whether or not to accept an offer.

Get this — about 15 percent of job seekers (800,000 candidates who applied to jobs from June 1, 2011 until April 30, 2012 were included in the survey) reported having a worse opinion of the employer after they were contacted by the company to start the interviewing process!

And what happens when job seekers submit their resume into a black hole, otherwise known as an applicant tracking system (ATS)? According to the CareerBuilder Applicant Experience study, 44 percent of job seekers who never heard back from the employer reported a worse opinion of that employer.

Not only that but once a negative opinion was formed, 78 percent had no problems talking about the bad experience with their family and friends. In addition, once recruiters contacted job seekers, if they were blase about the opportunity and/or company, about 20 percent of candidates didn’t think the recruiter was knowledgeable; 15 percent didn’t think the recruiter was professional.

So, keep in mind you’re not alone in the job search journey and recruiters need to hold up their end of the bargain if they want to attract solid talent and close the deal.

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