I recently read an article about Ten Secrets of a Hiring Manager. Little about what I read was a surprise to me; much of it confirmed what I already knew or suspected about hiring managers.
As that article was written more from a hiring manager’s point of view, I pondered on it from an employment’s counselor’s standpoint and put together a wish list for job seekers.
I realize it’s not like I expect any employer to read this and decide to be nicer to job seekers, but I imagine many of my jobseekers will feel like their voices are finally being heard a little.
- A job (I have to list the obvious first choice; I’d be laughed off the page if I didn’t)
- Is it too hard to send back a quick confirmation that my application was received? There is such a thing as an auto reply, and if you’re getting enough applications that it takes too long to say, “Your application was received and we’ll take a look at it shortly,” it would be worth your time to create a new email location specifically for sending in applications.
- If you know how much you’re going to pay me, why on earth do you want me to name a salary and botch it up for myself? Ok I know the answer to that question, but does this have to turn into a game of hit and miss?
- If I ask you why you chose not to hire me, please answer honestly! If I can take the rejection in the first place, I can definitely take the reason why. Maybe I can learn from your response and do better next time.
- Don’t try to placate me with things you don’t mean—like “we’ll call you” or, “we’ll keep your resume on file.” I think it might even be refreshing to hear an employer say, “Thanks for the application; you’ll never hear from us again!” At least then we’ll have no expectations.
- If an employer says they’ll have a decision next Tuesday, can they PLEASE have a decision next Tuesday? If things need to be done before the decision can be made, can the employer please come up with a more realistic expectation for a decision timeline?
- If you took the time to interview me, is it too much to ask to take a couple extra moments to email me a note saying I was not chosen? If I had a dime for all the times I didn’t hear anything at all back from a hiring manager, I might not need to file for Unemployment!
This wish list might be a little irreverent but I understand the frustrations that jobseekers have in the job search these days. I always welcome other additions to this wish list, but perhaps the best way to sum it up might be:
- I wish the hiring manager was on MY side of the interview table!
- The 5 Smartest Things People Can Do To Get Hired (prnewswire.com)