What Candidates Want To Know About Your Company
Hiring managers know that a lot of vital information is needed in their job descriptions and their marketing. Why? Because good candidates can be (understandably) very picky. What is the company really like? How will working there shape their future? Here are a few questions all candidates will surely want to know about your company:
Why is this position open?
Of course, this is hardly a questions many candidates will want to ask in an interview. However, the answer is always important. Is this position a vacancy, or is it a new position? If it is vacant, why? Did the previous employee feel they couldn’t grow in the company, or did they simply have their own personal reasons? In a big picture sense, how can you ensure employee satisfaction with each position in your company?
What is your turnover rate?
Now, many bold job candidates will want to ask this in an interview. And to be fair, it’s for good reason. Say you’re a relatively medium to small company, who frequently posts the same job openings. If a job candidate checks your job board frequently, this will surely beg the question, is there a high turnover rate? Or do they simply have many open positions in the same departments? If it is turnover, hiring managers should take the time to discuss their hiring strategy (and again, employee satisfaction).
How Strict Is The Management?
Most candidates, like hiring managers, will know what type of people you are when they first meet you. Do you give a false sense of inflexibility in your interview, due to professionalism? Or is the opposite true? Give a clear indication of your work environment in your interview. Not only does this help the candidate, but it also helps you further decide the candidate’s fit for your company. Does the candidate want an open, interactive office environment? Do they prefer something more traditional? Be clear about your environment.
How Is Your Company Doing?
This can be asked in a very many, sneaky ways by a candidate. “What was a recent success you’d like me to build on?” “What areas do you want to innovate in the most?” Either way, your answer gives an indication of your company’s current progress. If your company is in need of innovation, but not necessarily falling behind, make that clear. If your company is going through a tougher period, indicate your perseverance. Either way, all these questions are great to find your perfect candidate fit.
Do Their Qualifications Match Up?
Here’s the deal - every candidate should ask for an interview because of their resume alone. Their education, skills, experience - that’s already indicated for you before you meet them. You’re simply interviewing to see if their resume matches the person, and if the person matches your work environment. If you find their qualification don’t match up, ask yourself - was that fault of the candidate or your hiring strategy?