Job-Seeking Deal Breakers: Top Talent and Hiring Managers Weigh In

Job-Seeking Deal Breakers: Top Talent and Hiring Managers Weigh In

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A new study from CareerBuilder explores deal breakers for job candidates and employers,  providing unique insights for top talent and the companies that want to hire them.

The survey, which included more than 5,500 job seekers and 2,700 hiring managers, was conducted online within the U.S. and Canada.

“There can sometimes be a disconnect between what employers and job seekers expect in the hiring process,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Our study evaluates how different perceptions and behaviors have evolved among these two groups, and what can help or hinder the recruitment and job search experience.”


For job seekers:

58 percent Employers said it’s important to send a thank you after an interview
38 percent: Said candidates are required to interview with a C-level executive within their organization (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.).
48 percent: Use Google or other search engines to research candidates, with 44 percent particularly using Facebook.
23 percent Dismiss a candidate who is not a good fit for their company culture
18 percent Eliminate candidates whose salary expectations are too high.

For recruiters and hiring managers:
39 percent Employers who have jobs that stay open four months or longer due to the inability to find people with appropriate skills.
49 percent Job seekers who spend three hours or more looking for jobs via smart phones on smart phones and 59 percent on tablets).
65 percent Workers who search for jobs via mobile devices will leave a Website if it is not mobile-optimized, and 40 percent walk away with a more negative opinion of the company.
68 percent Would accept a lower salary if the employer created a great impression through the hiring process, and 67 percent would accept a lower salary if the company had exceptionally positive reviews online
46 percent of workers said a company’s employment brand plays a very big role in their decision to apply for a job within the organization