As a hiring manager, you know that the recruitment process can be tedious and time-consuming. On average, it takes about 42 days to hire a new employee when you hire the traditional way. And up to double that time should candidates not accept the offer.

Why would a candidate not accept your offer?

It may be them, but it also may be you. Even though the job market is still in the gutter, it’s picking up slowly and job seekers aren’t as quick to accept a job offer as they may have been before. Here are four reasons why job seekers may be refusing your job offer.

The Position
You may think this position is awesome, but the candidate may not think so. If the job doesn’t offer the employee a chance to learn, grow or use their skills in some way then it’s likely that no one is going to want this position. It may also be the way you are presenting the position in a job description or in the interview. Are the guidelines and responsibilities of this position clear? Make sure that candidates understand what their role would be and what their day to day responsibilities will entail.

Your Strategy
How are you offering this position to your chosen candidate? Are you emailing them or are you calling them? If you are offering a job to a candidate over email then it’s time for you to change your strategy. Emailing someone is very impersonal. If you truly want this candidate to work for you, then take the time out of your day to call them directly and offer them the position. Starting your working relationship off with an email isn’t the way to go.
You Took Too Long
Yes, it’s very difficult to decide which candidate is best for the position- that’s a given. However, if you leave a candidate waiting for weeks they will likely think that you found someone else and they will move on. If they are looking for a job then chances are they have had other interviews as well. If they were the best for your position, then they may be the best candidate for someone else as well. If you know that this is the candidate you want to have on your team, then move fast. If you know this is that candidate for you then offer them the position the day of their last interview. Deciding between two candidates? Take a day after the last interviews to decide. Don’t wait much longer.
Move fast and snag that stellar candidate before someone else does.

Compensation
Are you offering fair compensation for this position? If your offer is lower than the average for the position, then candidates are going to turn you down. And why not? If they can receive better pay for doing the same job elsewhere, then why take your position at a lower pay? Make sure you are offering a competitive salary and one that is on par with the average.

 

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