Want to Know What’s Really on Your Candidates’ Minds?

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Relax, it’s not all bad. Mostly, they’re curious. Well, maybe there are a few harsh words aimed at you, but mostly confusion and disappointment. But as they say, it’s all good.

Filtered Feedback

We found a little corner of the internet where real people share real concerns about job interviews, jobs they’ve gotten or lost and, questions they were afraid to ask you in person.

It’s quite possible that the things that are really on their minds, keeping them up at night, can provide a new perspective on how you interact with them.

You’re probably aware of Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com), a very popular website that not only offers companies a portal to reach out to candidates but offers employees and former employees of companies a forum to review their employers.

Job seekers can also research salaries (also available on Salary.com, Payscale.com, and Indeed.com), get advice on interviewing, and access a host of other advice from professionals.

Vault (www.vault.com) offers a similar experience, providing tools for companies to find candidates, and candidates to find jobs. It also offers a review section for employees to review their employers.

Unfiltered Feedback

But unlike these sites, there’s a page that’s essentially unmanaged by a corporate entity. Just questions from candidates with answers and/or advice from other candidates and employees. Unfiltered, unadulterated.

We found people there that had been through an interview plagued by doubt and full of questions:

  • Why did they ask “those questions” during an interview?
  • What’s the etiquette for responding to a job offer?
  • Why weren’t they asked this or that?
  • Will the company look them up on Facebook?
  • Why didn’t the recruiter call them back after the interview?
  • How can they negotiate the terms of their offer?
  • How long should they work for a company before they start looking for a new gig?

Were we poring over Facebook? No.

LinkedIn? Nope.

Where can these unfiltered, honest questions from candidates and employees be found? On reddit.com.

If you’re not familiar with it, Reddit is a user-generated website. It’s full of pages containing headlines with links to the latest U.S. news, world news, videos, “showerthoughts,” jokes, and more.

But Reddit also offers “sub-reddits” on more topics than you can imagine. That’s where we found one called: www.reddit.com/r/jobs.

One user asks why, after what seemed like a good interview and a promise from a recruiter that the candidate would hear back in two weeks, no call ever came. How long should he/she keep waiting?

Advice from others pitching in with answers included calling the employer for a definitive answer, keep waiting, and just move on.

Another candidate wants to know why salary wasn’t discussed during the interview or even when a verbal offer was extended.

And there’s quite a lively discussion on how to dress for an interview.

Another wants to know how to address being fired during an upcoming job interview. Should she be honest and explain the situation or lie and say she resigned? How can she avoid using her previous manager as a reference?

New questions are posed by members every minute, and it’s a very lively little virtual water cooler chock full of the kind of material that can not only reveal what’s on the minds of employees and people applying for jobs, but what information and misinformation is being provided by their peers.

Getting pure, unfiltered feedback from job candidates can provide HR professionals with practical information that may help them refine and enhance the hiring process.

Based on candidates’ actual concerns, questions that aren’t being addressed in the interview process, complaints and suggestions, an improved recruiting process may produce a more informative and rewarding experience for candidate and employer alike.

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Lewis Lustman

Lewis Lustman is a content marketer who enjoys developing materials that engage, inform, challenge, and hopefully entertain my audience. Lewis is a former journalist for Los Angeles Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and has worked for a number of leading advertising, marketing, technology, and PR firms over the years. Interested in a topic that he hasn't yet tackled? Drop him a line in the comments section!

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