Recruitment has always been an exciting industry. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of helping someone make their next career move. Knowing that you have been a part of helping people achieve the challenge, the promotion, the pay increase, or the work/life balance they need, is immensely satisfying.
The current climate is definitely in the candidate’s favour. There are lots of job vacancies in Basingstoke and not enough relevant applicants. So, it won’t surprise you to hear that not all job offers are accepted or that not all those who accept actually start the role.
An abundance of roles is great news for the job seekers amongst you; having a choice of roles is a strong position to be in. However, please think of your personal brand when declining offers. Just as we advise employers to think of how their brand is perceived by potential employees (especially with web sites such as Glass Door offering a ‘warts-and-all’ insight to working conditions) think about how a refusal ,or worse still no communication at all, will be perceived by the company or recruiter making the offer. It’s a small world and you might cross paths with the person who’s hiring in future – so don’t burn any bridges with an impolite decline.
Open communication means your relationship with your recruiter will strengthen and when you come to look again, they will be eager to help you. Even if you are applying direct to companies, a last minute let down will be remembered and who knows when you may need to talk to that company again?
Now, we’re fully aware of how frustrating it is not to receive feedback from potential employers on applications or interviews, but at the risk of sounding like my mother, just because someone else does it, doesn’t make it right…
Regardless of whether you’ve had feedback from your interviewer, please let your recruitment consultant know how you got on during the interview stage. Finding the right job is so important and we understand you want to take time to make this very important decision,…but please do us a favour. Let your recruiter know your decision either way – and what it’s based on.
Here at Wote Street People, we’ve seen a huge increase in the last 12 months of roles being accepted and then candidates withdrawing at the last moment. Whilst this is completely within the yours rights as a candidate, we politely ask that you let us into your thought process. The insight this provides is so helpful to us, the businesses we work with, and your industry peers who may become future candidates for roles at that organisation.
Treating all people with respect is at the heart of our values. It’s not our role to talk you into a job, simply to offer up the facts to allow you to make that decision. If you have more than one offer on the table, or are holding out for that amazing job, just let us know. This way we can help manage everyone’s expectations in a fair way.
“I would like to say a big thank you for the hard work, efficiency and approach how you all communicated with me about the job, before and after the interview, giving me feedback, not pushing me to take a job and even advising me to carefully check the contract and to make sure that I am happy with everything before I sign it and give a resignation to my current job. Not every agency is looking through employees’ point of view. This is rare. I really appreciate that.”
Honesty, really is the best policy. So, for 2019 be nice, be kind – treat people as you would like to be treated. Communication is the name of the game.
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