Hiring managers often complain about the way job candidates act — and candidates do the same thing with hiring managers. And that can result in the loss of some good hires.
Here are five hiring manager behaviors job candidates don’t appreciate, according to Alison Green of U.S. News & World Report:
- Disregarding candidates’ time — Applying for jobs requires a lot of time away from a current position, so applicants hope managers will respect their time by sticking to scheduled appointments, or at least apologizing and giving plenty of notice if things are shuffled. Also, candidates normally spend time researching the company before the interview, so they expect everyone in the interview to be familiar with their resume.
- Not explaining a time line — Another thing candidates hate is having no idea when they’re going to hear back about a job. Of course, that’s always a little up in the air. But any kind of reasonable estimate shows the candidate you’re organized.
- Misrepresenting the job — This is one candidates probably won’t realize until after they’re hired — but when they do find out, it’s doubtful they’ll stay very long. Honesty always works best when the manager wants to find the closest fit.
- Being coy about money — It’s best to be upfront about this, especially if the company knows the candidate’s range and is willing to continue.
- Not telling candidates they’re out of the running — At this point, you don’t have to worry about driving anyone away, but it’s just common courtesy.