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3 Ways You’re Making A Bad Impression On Top Talent

During the interview process, most hiring managers are evaluating candidates and determining if they are a fit for the job or not.  Many times, candidates can do something to make a bad impression on the hiring manager, causing them to be passed over for the job.  However, one thing that hiring managers tend to forget is the fact that candidates are also evaluating the manager and company, in order to make sure it is the right fit for them as well. 

There are many things that companies and managers do that can leave top talent with a bad impression, causing them to lose interest or turn down the job if made an offer.  Three common mistakes that companies typically make deal with their application process, timeliness and organization, as well as interview attitude.

1. Application Process

What does your company’s application process look like?  Hopefully, it is quick and to the point, allowing potential candidates to easily submit their resume and credentials for a position without having to jump through hoops.

Oftentimes, a company’s application process can quickly discourage and prevent top talent from even getting to the beginning stages of the consideration process.  Make sure that you know and understand your company’s application process.  If it is long and drawn out with many different questions asked, it needs to be simplified for the candidate to apply to a job.  As Intuit mentions, you do not want to miss out on top talent just because they grew impatient when trying to apply to your job.

2. Timeliness and Organization

Intuit points out that when a candidate shows up for an interview 30 minutes late, it can immediately disqualify them from further consideration.  Why would it be any different for the candidate when the hiring manager appears for the scheduled interview late?

Likewise, when you schedule an interview, do your best to stick to the scheduled time.  Rescheduling once is understandable, but rescheduling multiple times can appear flakey and disrespectful.

It is also important to keep timeline in mind throughout the interview process.  Are you waiting months to make a final decision on candidates?  Do your best to shorten this timeline.  Top talent will not wait long for you to make a decision and rest assured that you are not the only opportunity they are considering.

3. Interview Attitude

Some managers prefer to keep the first interview so professional, that they can come off as disinterested.  This can be a put off to top talent and lead them to believe that they don’t have a chance at the job.  If you are truly interested in the candidate, take Intuit’s advice and keep a friendly and welcoming attitude throughout the interview.  Rather than maintaining a cold and fire drill style interview setting, be open and conversational, while still asking questions during conversation.  This will go a long way in leaving a lasting impression on top talent.

What are some ways you try to make a good impression on top talent?  Please share your tips in the comments below. 

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Julia Weeks

Julia is a skilled Recruiter with over 8 years of experience in sourcing, interviewing, and hiring within many industries globally. She works closely with hiring managers and job seekers to understand needs and desires, while offering guidance and ensuring the right fit. When not recruiting or writing, Julia enjoys spending time outside cycling, taking her dog for walks, or honing her sailing skills.