If you are or have recently been a job seeker, you know how much the hiring process sucks. That’s right, I said it: some companies have gotten their acts together, but for the most part, navigating the process can be confusing, convoluted, time-consuming, and ineffective.
You’re not alone. Software Advice, a company that reviews HR & applicant tracking software, has found that one-third of job applicants had bad candidate experiences with potential employers. They performed some in-depth research on the subject, and came up with the top four obstacles you’ll face when you’re in the hiring process:
1. Lack of clarity on application instructions.
This is a big one. It’s very rare that an application contains all the information that you need to accurately fill it out. What does this mean for you? First, try to fill it out to the best of your ability. If you’re really unclear on something, know that many other candidates probably also are. Consider reaching out the the job posting’s point of contact to ensure that you’re on the right track
2. Lack of clarity about the hiring process timelines.
One of the most inconvenient elements of the hiring process that all candidates face is an uncertainty about how long the timeline is going to take, when major milestones are going to happen, and even if they’re still in the running. Many companies don’t send rejection letters to candidates they screen out in the first round, which can lead to anxiety. Make sure you’re aware of this going in, and keep in close contact with your recruiters so that you’re the first to know when things change.
3. Unclear job description.
This has the most negative impact on candidates. Not knowing exactly what you’re applying for or submitting your resume for a misleading posting from your potential employer is a lose-lose situation. Again, I want to stress how important it is to get in contact with HR or your recruiter to hash out key details. It’s their job to answer questions about the position and you could learn valuable information that you can use in your interview.
4. Unsophisticated hiring process.
A survey of recruiters at a variety of organizations revealed that one of the major obstacles both employers and candidates face is the unsophisticated nature of the hiring process. This is because hiring processes are not using the efficient software they need to maintain timelines and make sound decisions. When large-scale processes like these are manually performed, things slip through the cracks.
So, what does this all mean for you? Check out the graph on the left. First, know that you’re not alone in you concerns. Here’s my top tip: acknowledge that there will be flaws in the hiring process, prevent yourself from getting frustrated, and actively reach out to your recruiter or HR contact to get answers.
Want to learn more? Check out Software Advice’s full report here.