Employers vs. Candidates: Who Is Interviewing Who? (Part I)

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For candidates, the interview process can be pretty nerve-racking. They have to prepare themselves for what they’re going to say, whether they’re too dressed up or underdressed, whether their qualifications and characteristics meet the requirements of the job, and more.

And, on top of all that, there’s the possibility that they’ll go through multiple interviews and still not get the job. All in all, being a job seeker can be a pretty tough position to be in.

But believe it or not, candidates shouldn’t be the only ones worried about the interview process. As a company, you are not only in the business of selling goods and services to customers or clients. You’re also in the business of selling your brand and company to the workforce, because without employees, the range of your success would be limited, to say the least.

As such, it is important to not take the hiring process for granted. Here are a few reasons why you, as an employer, should feel like you are being interviewed too. Take a look below:

    • Candidates have options. As much as you’d like to think you are the only company in the world, that isn’t the case. Just like you, candidates have plenty of options when it comes to picking and choosing where they want to work, and chances are, they are weighing the pros and cons of each one. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by making the wrong first impression; when you do, you give your competitors a better opportunity to snatch up your top talent.

 

  • The candidate experience is essential. Above all, you always need to be thinking about the candidate experience. While some candidates might put up with all of the waiting or lack of acknowledgement from the hiring manager and recruiter, the ones who don’t have the potential to have a large impact when they speak up to their friends. In turn, a few bad candidate experiences can compromise your employer brand and end up narrowing your talent pool—a less than desirable position to be in.

Check back tomorrow when we continue our discussion on employers being interviewed by candidates. In the meantime, what do you think? Do employers need to treat candidates like an interviewer? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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