Do You Take It Too Personally When Job Candidates Have Questions?

Do You Take It Too Personally When Job Candidates Have Questions?
Awkward Interview

Hiring is an exercise in risk management. Hiring managers want the best hire possible; candidates want the best job possible.

But hiring managers, and employers in general, routinely forget the candidate's perspective.

For a candidate, the decision to take a job is somewhere between buying a car and buying a house in importance. They (understandably) want to kick the tires. You would never sign a contract without reading it, and neither would a good candidate. Would you expect them not to? Would you even want to hire someone who wouldn't do due diligence on a massively important decision? Taking a job is a legal agreement with huge ramifications.

But too many hiring managers take it personally when candidates have real questions and want to know real things about the company. They start to shut down if the client hits too close to home. They feel like the questioning candidate is overly intrusive.

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Bob Corlett is the founder and President of Staffing Advisors. He’s been named as one of the 100 most influential people in staffing, is a nationally syndicated weekly writer for the American Cities Business Journals and is a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The HR Examiner. Bob is a frequent speaker at meetings of the Society for Human Resources Management. Thousands of hiring executives read his monthly newsletter, and the Resource Center on this site contains hundreds of his articles on innovation, staffing, leadership and performance management. Bob has worked in the staffing industry since 1989, starting Staffing Advisors in 2002.