What Makes Candidates Decline Job Offers?

It can be extremely disheartening to lose your first-choice candidate at the job offer stage, especially if you’ve dedicated a lot of time to the recruitment process. However, the good news is that you have the power to reduce the chances of this happening. Discover why candidates are turning down job offers below.

No progression opportunities

No matter what level of role a candidate is considering, they will want to see that there will be opportunities to progress within the business. It’s important for candidates to know how they can develop and improve professionally with you, otherwise they will look elsewhere. Who wants to move to a dead-end job?

Ensure that you highlight training, development and progression opportunities when you interview candidates. This will show them that you are willing to invest in their future and help them grow.

Unsure about the company culture

A good company culture and clear company values are becoming increasingly important and it is especially important for attracting millennials (our future leaders). Candidates are now looking for a working environment where they will enjoy their day and they want to work for companies that share their values.

The interview stage of the process is the perfect time to ensure you sell your company to the candidate, as opposed to conducting an interrogation. Being honest about your company culture and delivering it in a positive light will help candidates to be more excited and keener to work for you. If you can introduce them to any team members they would be working with, this can also be beneficial as they will get a better idea of what it’s like to work at your company.

A poor rewards package

Candidates want good financial rewards, but the extra benefits can also help to sway top talent towards your company. Consider how your current benefits offering can be improved to entice talent to choose your company over your competitors. A comprehensive, yet flexible benefits package is an easy solution to winning the best talent.

A slow recruitment process

There are more jobs available than there are good candidates, which means they have plenty of choice. If you like a candidate, you should do everything you can to get them through the recruitment process quickly. If they are offered a role elsewhere first, you may not get an opportunity to win them.

A lower than average salary

An overwhelming 81.6% of professionals say salary is the most important factor when it comes to finding a new role, and this isn’t particularly surprising. If you have a role to recruit for, it’s important to get the salary right from the very first job advert. Do your research in order to ensure you are offering a fair and competitive amount that will attract the calibre of candidate you are looking for.

No flexibility

Today’s workforce and especially millennials are looking for opportunities that can offer them flexible working. This benefit can help to create a better work-life balance and a more enjoyable culture for your employees. Being able to work from home, or adapt working hours with approval can have a big impact on the happiness and productivity of your team.

If you need help recruiting talent for your business, find out more about the recruitment services we offer.

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