Do you know why candidates turn down your job offers?

September 28, 2012 at 11:47 am 1 comment

With the average length of unemployment in America continuing to hover around 40 weeks, you might expect job hunters to jump at any offer. Hiring managers and HR reps can attest, however, that that’s not always the case.

When a strong candidate turns down an offer from your organization, do you know why? Maybe the person got a more lucrative offer from one of your competitors. Or maybe the candidate decided that the commute was too long and relocation wasn’t an option. Those are certainly possibilities, but a new study conducted by recruitment firm Hays of over 870 Australian employers and job hunters indicates that other factors prompt more candidates than you might expect to refuse job offers.

For example, one in five candidates will turn down an offer if they feel the job’s social media policies aren’t open enough. Nearly 20% said they wouldn’t accept a job in an organization that didn’t allow employees “a reasonable level of access to social media at work.” Those findings should encourage you to review your organization’s social media policies.

Another big factor for many job hunters: telecommuting options. Almost a quarter of the respondents (23.8%) said that they would not accept a job if it didn’t allow employees to work from home at least occasionally. That strikes me as a huge percentage—and a good reason to consider offering telecommuting options.

What factors do you find are most important to your new hires? Any surprises?



Entry filed under: Benefits, Company Culture, Management, Recruiting, Social media. Tags: , , , , .

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