I thought a lot about the title for this article before writing it, but I was so determined to use this comparison for I am unhappy by how often I see job seekers being treated as beggars! Yes you read that right! And if you are not a recruiter or involved in the recruitment process by many companies, or if you haven’t been in a situation where you were a mistreated job seeker, then this should open up your eyes to this sad fact.
Mistreating job seekers seems to have become a trend for many¬†recruiters, hiring managers, or company owners. What these people forget is that most of them were job seekers themselves before, and even might be ones in the future. And these job seekers have feelings, emotions, they have their pride, which they are not willing to lose or is not to be mistreated or taken for granted.
Even if the situation of the economy is not at its best, even if your company is so selective and might be one of the top companies sought by job seekers, and even if you think you are THE BIG SHOT, you are only human, and so are they, and only deserve to be treated “humanly”.
I cannot count how many times I saw candidates just sitting and waiting for a long time for their interview, even though the interviewer is just sitting there doing nothing, or keeping them waiting for the sake of a silly thing or two. You invited this candidate to an interview at this time, respect it, and respect him/her.
You don’t need to be frowning to show you’re a tough guy, smiling to a job seeker every now and then would make the tremendous stress he has for attending the interview a little bit easier, and might even show you how good of a candidate he is. You want to test his stress compliance? give him a test, put him in a stressful situation, but don’t be plain arrogant.
Not giving the job seeker the appropriate attention during the interview is another sad sad thing. Are you interested in hiring for this position? are you really? if you were, you would have given the candidate the proper attention; he might be your long-sought top employee.
And so many more and more of disrespectful actions that make job seekers feel as beggars.. Even beggars need to be well-treated!
Not all job seekers would match your job opening, this is a fact. Not all candidates would be up to your standards, that’s another fact. But the most important fact is treat job seekers the way you want to be treated, and if you don’t want to be treated well, seek psychiatric advice..
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