What Do Candidates Expect in the Recruiting Process?

A lot of focus is placed on the performance of the candidate in the job search process, but what about that of the hiring companies? In order to attract the top talent, businesses need to create a good experience for the applicants, but what exactly do talent want from their job hunt?

LinkedIn conducted a study of over 20,000 professionals around the world to find out what they look for and how they go about their job search.

1) Talent find their opportunities from connections.

When professionals begin their job search, they are most likely to ask around their existing contacts to find out if anyone they know can point them in the direction of any current vacancies. Social media is also a great place for seeking out opportunities from their networks, as well as company websites.

2) Candidates want recruiters to be clear.

80% of professionals are open to hearing from recruiters, even when not actively looking for a new role – as it is always good to know what opportunities are out there. However, when they are contacted about a role they want recruiters to cut to the chase, or they are likely to lose interest or trust. In the initial message they want to know what the role is, what the main responsibilities are, why they are right for the job and what the estimated salary for the role is.

3) Candidates make important judgements about a company in the interview.

A job interview is equally as important for the company as it is for the candidate, as 9 out of 10 professionals said a good interview could change their mind about a company they had doubts about before. The top factors that candidates care about in a job interview are getting specific questions about the business answered, having a conversation with the management of the company and receiving feedback.

4) It might surprise you what attracts talent to a role.

A job title is not the be all and end all when it comes to applying for or accepting a new job. In fact only 6% of professionals would take a job for a better job title. Factors such as a good company culture, room for professional development and finding a role that suits them as an individual are some of the most popular reasons for accepting a job – and of course a decent salary helps.

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By Sophie Deering