One thing that I do my best to do it to let every candidate know where they are in the selection process as soon as I know. On the surface that sounds good but I am amazed by the amount of people that get very, very angry when I email them to let them know we are not moving them forward in the interview process. I think many people feel that we should interview EVERYONE that applies. That would be like saying you have to go on at least one date with EVERYONE that wants to go on a date with you and guess what, you get to pay. Yep, even that creepy person who has been staring at you in line at Starbucks. Oh, you didn’t notice them since you were on your phone the whole time but the are there. I know what you think, that is not that many people. Really? I receive anywhere from 5 to 100 applicants a day.
So how would you handle it if it was just five people that asked you out every day? You would probably tell a lot of the no, correct? So, assuming that you would not take five people out on a date everyday, how would you decide who to take on a date and who not to take on a date? Here are some possible things you would look at along with comments that candidates say when recruiters use similar criteria in the selection process.
- What they are wearing. How shallow of you, what I wear has no bearing on who I am as a person.
- What they do for a job. Just because I do that to pay the bills, that should not affect how you judge me.
- How many people they have dated and how long they date each of them. It really wasn’t my fault, they were all jerks.
- How they speak to you, are the nice or not. Hey, that is just who I am, you judgemental jerk.
- Do they bad-mouth all of their ex’s? You will be saying the same things about me soon and you are very hard to please.
- If you set a time a place to meet them, are they late? It was not my fault, traffic sucks.
So, at this point unless you are a duller you are starting to see what I am getting at. I am not even getting into whether or not you meet the minimum criteria. I will cover that in another post.
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