Hiring manager confessions: Six things they probably don’t want you to know

A recent survey of hiring managers reveals the dark side of recruiting that they rarely let candidates know about. It turns out, they often don’t prepare for interviews in advance or do their follow-ups afterward.

netQuote spoke to over 800 hiring managers about the recruiting habits, and the results are telling. You know that you have to prepare for a big interview, so you probably assume that the employer has reviewed your application, studied your resume and prepared smart questions to ask you. It turns out 40 per cent of hiring managers admit to not even reading candidate resumes before meeting them. Less than a quarter say that they always call applicants references before making their hiring decision.

Six things hiring managers don’t tell candidates

They don’t always do their homework. Only 60 per cent of employers say that they always read resumes before interviewing a job applicant. Nearly 20 per cent say they only sometimes or rarely read a candidate’s resume before meeting them.

They don’t necessarily follow-up. Less than a quarter, 21 per cent of hiring managers surveyed say that they always check references. Fully 50 per cent admit that they only sometimes or rarely call references. (Five per cent of employers admit that they never check references before hiring.)
Here is the truth about your references.

They were never going to hire you. This may be the most frustrating confession of all. The majority, 71 per cent of hiring managers admit that they have interviewed a candidate with no intention of hiring them. Nearly one-tenth of those surveyed say that they often do this. (There are various reasons for this: they may already have a candidate in mind, company policy may stipulate that a certain number of applicants be compared, for example.) Whatever the reason, unfortunate candidates have invested their time, energy, and hopes in an interview for a job they had no chance of being hired for.

“You’ll absolutely love it here!” they assure you. It turns out that 59 per cent of hiring managers admit to exaggerating the positive aspects of their company in order to entice candidates to take the job.

They make it up as they go along. On a similar note, even more of them, 61 per cent say that they have altered the responsibilities of the position in a job interview in an attempt to convince a desired candidate to accept the offer.

They’re making a hiring decision based on the first impression. Finally, despite all of your practiced job interview answers and your polished resume, sometimes it just comes down to how you look. 62 per cent of hiring managers surveyed say that they have rejected a job applicant solely based on their appearance. Only 36 per cent say that they never do this.

How you present yourself matters. Here’s what to wear to a job interview.

You can read more of the results of this illuminating study of hiring managers by the team at netQuote here.

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