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Top 3 Reasons Why Candidates Decline Job Offers

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Wendy Eastwood

​Even with a slightly softer economy, good people across all sectors and at all levels remain in high demand.

The facts remain the same, too few people with right attributes and skills, for too many vacancies, and more skills leaving than joining the job market each year due to demographics.

People are your competitive advantage.

As the Chairman of one of our clients says:

“Without the right people, with the right skills, we’re nothing!”

​Securing your candidate of choice continues to remain the number one issue for businesses who are:

  • Trying to grow

  • Recovering from lost talent

  • Succession planning

And the top 3 reasons candidates are currently declining job offers are:

  • Taking too long to make an offer.
    o Either a protracted recruitment process.
    o Delays between offer and paperwork being sent out.

  • Failing to sell the wider business.
    o Not effectively communicating prospects.
    o Missing unique ‘soft’ reasons why people choose to be an employee.
    o Not demonstrating progression of other people like them.

  • Under-offering.
    o Counteroffers are still a dominant feature of the recruiting landscape and whilst slightly tempered, they are still above an average of 20%.
    o Adding up the full cost of a job move is part of the decision-making process of candidates, including commuting costs and relocation costs. Offers need to both compensate for this and provide a sufficient uplift to avoid candidate loss.

Helping clients to build a high performing team with the right competences, values and cultural fit is what we do.

If you would like to work with a true recruiting partner, who acts as your consultant throughout the entire recruitment process, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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