If you’re a job seeker, then there’s a lot that you should be keeping track of during the interviewing and hiring process. In fact, it can sometimes feel like it’s overwhelming.
As a result, there are some things that you don’t readily notice. That’s unfortunate, since one of those things could ultimately represent an important factor in the decisions that you make regarding your job search, and by extension, your career.
That one thing is how a potential employer treats you during the recruiting and hiring process.
Usually, job seekers are so focused on what they must do to receive an offer of employment that they don’t notice this. That makes perfect sense, since the overriding goal of the hiring process is to receive an offer from the employer with which you’re interviewing.
However, the fact of the matter is this: how a potential employer treats you during the hiring process is an indication of how they will treat you if they hire you and you become an employee of the organization.
Perhaps you’ve never thought about it that way before, but it’s the truth. If an employer treats its job candidates well, then you can make the assumption that the employer will also treat those candidates well if they become employees. On the other hand, if an employer treats its job candidates poorly, then you can make the assumption that the employer will also treat those candidates poorly if they become employees.
In fact, when you think about it, doesn’t somebody treat you better when they’re trying to recruit you? Then, after they’ve successfully recruited you, you don’t receive quite the same treatment.
So what does that say about organizations that treat their job candidates poorly during the recruiting and hiring process? That they’re going to treat those candidates even more poorly once they become employees?
But how do you know if they’re treating you well or treating you poorly? Well, sometimes you can tell without a doubt and sometimes it’s not that evident. Below are five barometers for determining whether or not an employer is treating you well during the hiring process:
#1—If the employer respects the confidentiality of your search
#2—If the employer respects your time in regards to the scheduling of telephone and face-to-face interviews
#3—How often (and how well) the employer communicates with you
#4—How often the employer lets you know where you stand in the process
#5—If the employer lets you know what the next step of the process is
Keep in mind that although it is not always guaranteed, employers typically fare better with all five of these points if the candidate in question is presented by a recruiter or search consultant. Why is that? Because the employer has engaged the recruiter for their services and is prepared to pay that recruiter for their services if they present the right candidate.
Or to put it another way, if an employer trusts a recruiting firm enough to pay that firm, then the employer trusts that firm to present the highest quality candidates. And is the employer going to treat those candidates poorly?
If you’re not working with a recruiting firm to advance your job search, your career, or both, then consider The Doepker Group. We have extensive experience helping candidates just like you reach their professional goals.