What Frustrates You As A Job Seeker? It’s Poll Time!

by Rich DeMatteo on May 17, 2010 · 35 comments

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Ok, so I haven’t ran a poll here in a while, and I think it’s time to start one up. A few job seekers have been ranting about their frustrations lately, and while we all have fun bitching and moaning about the job search process, we all hate one part of it more than others.  Fill in your answer in the poll below, and if you choose “other”, please jot down your “other” response in the comments sections.

Thanks, Corn Heads!


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31 comments
Rick Saia, CPRW
Rick Saia, CPRW

Definitely not hearing back after you submitted your resume or application. But if an employer receives, say, 200 resumes for a position and interviews only six, it may suck up a lot of time to contact the other 194, in spite of how courteous and professional the practice is to job seekers.

Karen
Karen

I've worked with a lot of recruiters over the years, most of them good, a few not so good. The bottom line is that if you don't hear back from a recruiter by the time they said they woyld contact you, it means the position went to someone else or the lead fell through. Recruiters simply don't have the time to call all candidates to tell them the bad news. It's not personal nor does it mean they're being discourteous or unprofessional. The candidate's responsible for touching base with the agency on a weekly basis to keep their name on the active list, which also helps the agency remember your name even more for job leads. And yes,when registering with a recruiter, it's normal for the application and testing process to take 4-8 hours depending on what technically can go wrong or malfunction on a computer. I've found great positions using recruiters and I've found a few jobs from hell. The overall experience has been good though.

Michelle Barbeau
Michelle Barbeau

The worst is when they never call to tell you you didn't get it! So unprofessional.

Emily
Emily

Recently I have been doing a lot of interviewing and the most annoy thing I have encountered is the rescheduling of my final interview. A certain company has canceled on me twice! It is really frustrating because it is my final interview with them and I really like the company and the position but I feel as though they are being unprofessional. I hope they aren't leading me on! Grrrr!

Bridget Forney
Bridget Forney

Can we get a "What annoys you most ABOUT job seekers?" POLL!!!???

Gina Cleo Bloome
Gina Cleo Bloome

As a Recruiting professional I am fed up with Recruiters or hiring managers who read your resume and say they don't think you are a fit because you don't have "X" when you have spent the last 14 years doing precisely "X". Did they even really read your resume or are they so limited in their thinking that unless your resume reads exactly like the job description, they can't make the connection. This has happened with 3 recent position I have applied to and it cracks me up because the jobs have been open for months - it is an old battle, managers will go 6 months waiting for the perfect candidate rather than take one that is 80% of the requirements when the reality is it will take ANY candidate 6 months to really get up to speed and start to make an impact. NO one really hits the ground running and most externally hied CEOs come from outside the industry yet still seem to catch on.

Nancy C
Nancy C

I am not bothered by submitted a resume and not receiving a reply. I submit an application to one company, then move on to the next. When someone gets back in touch with me that is when the game really begins. This is why I find it frustrating to spend valuable time and energy answering inane questions from immature interviewers. My biggest peeve question is "how do you keep your work station?" Is this really the determining factor as to whether of not I will be the best office manager? I've heard this question at 4 different interviews (private co., non-profits) and a range of jobs. I must agree with Rob who said: "What frustrates me the most is when recruiters or hiring managers renege on their promises. If you say you will let me know either way by Friday, don’t leave me hanging! If you say you are going to call at a certain time during the day, don’t flake out." If you don't want to hire me, that is fine. Just call me the next day to let me know. Nancy

JB
JB

Two things are the most frustrating: No follow-up from hiring managers after one or more interviews. The laundry list -- need to match the list 100% to be considered for an interview, because 99.9% isn't enough.

Sheana
Sheana

I was just about to write a blog post about this. All of those things frustrate me. Long applications don't bother me unless they don't have status bars. I hate not knowing how many more pages I have to fill out and what the sections contain. The following-up part bothers me the most. I just learned that I should keep interviewing even while I'm waiting because I don't have a job until an offer is on the table. It sounds like common sense but I wasn't doing that until recently.

Jen
Jen

The poorly written job descriptions thing really gets me. I just interviewed for a job that specifically stated "will supervise staff... “, but when I got to the interview, it was for a cashier position. What on earth makes this person think I want to be a cashier? I have been a retail buyer for 5 years and a contract negotiator for 2 years, yet somehow cashier jumps out at you??? Of course during this same interview, the hiring manager kept waving at people on the other side of the glass. Needless to say, when I left I made it perfectly clear that I was no longer interested in the position but thanked him for his time. This has been happening a lot lately though, it seems like they want highly qualified people to do menial tasks, so they pump up the job description so people like me will apply. That is the same as lying on a resume in my opinion. I don't bother sitting around and waiting for anyone to call me. I always call them if I really want the job. Likely, they are waiting on you to call and prove that you want the job, or that you can take initiative.

Ryan Cooke
Ryan Cooke

Although tempted to vote for: Inexperienced Recruiter, Not Hearing Back After Interviews, or Phone Screens, recently I have been getting most frustrated by the Long Application Process. Most applications allow for you to upload a Word Doc Resume, but then the formatting is typically butchered, and you have to essentially re-format the whole thing. If you are detail oriented, this is an absolute nightmare, and can be very time consuming.

Erin Wiles
Erin Wiles

All of the above, but most of all - Asking for your Social Security number before you have even been considered as a candidate. I don't mind surrendering my SS# to an HR person I am speaking with, but not through a faceless web application. As a victim of identity theft, I refuse to apply to a business who asks me my SS# before I have even met someone face-to-face.

Rob
Rob

What frustrates me the most is when recruiters or hiring managers renege on their promises. If you say you will let me know either way by Friday, don’t leave me hanging! If you say you are going to call at a certain time during the day, don't flake out. I’ve stopped being a customer of a few companies because I feel like I was treated poorly during the hiring process. This is something that seems obvious but many businesses don't seem to understand? At a company that does business with many customers, many applicants for a particular job are going to be their customers, so there is a lot on the line when it comes down to how they feel like they’re treated when trying to land a job.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Rick - Good point, and that's something that many job seekers don't understand. Many of them do try to reach all, but they simply can't get to all of them when it's a high volume applicant position. Thanks for your comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Ben - C'mon man, which one REALLY gets you!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Karen - I agree with you. It isn't personal, but I think companies should invest in their hiring process, and that may mean another recruiter. While it's nothing personal, it does reflect poorly on the company when more serious things go wrong. I come from a recruiting background of "candidate first" and "treat the candidate like a customer". That's my philosophy, and while it doesn't make my job easy as a recruiter, it does help our employment brand tremendously. Thanks for your comments. I enjoyed reading your perspective.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Michelle - yes, definitely. That is a complete pain in the ass. I understand when companies can't get back after the resume submittal stage, but when you pick and choose candidates to interview and invest time in them, they deserve to hear back. Terrible.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Emily - I hope they aren't either. They probably aren't, but stand your ground. Tell them that this needs to take place soon. If you are their top candidate (or one of them), they will respect your wishes!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Good idea Bridget, how much do I owe you for this one? I'll do that next Monday... It's only fair to give the interviewers a chance to bitch a moan a bit as well...

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Gina - Ugh, yes I agree with you. The laundry list of requirements can be frustrating and is kind of a joke. I can understand the 1 or 2 "must haves", but not everything is really needed. It's hard to coach people to ease up on this, as I'm sure you know. Thanks for the comment and response.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Nancy - I kind of like where you are going with "the game really begins". Pretty sad questions that they ask sometimes. Maybe it's just protocol, but it's pretty dumb of them to ask that.. Thanks for your response and comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey JB - Ahhh good point on the laundry list. I didn't think of that when creating this poll! That is very frustrating, and even frustrating from the recruiters point of view. We all know each of those things aren't needed to be successful, but some managers want them all! Terrible.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Sheana - Yeah, keep interviewing for sure. Don't be hard on yourself. A lot of people do that, and I know I did that previously in the past. Thanks for your response, and your comment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Jen - I agree with you. That is basically lying, and it's cruel. They should be sent to jobby jail. And also, good for you to pick up the phone and call. That will always pay off (unless it's every day).

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Ryan - Terrible. That is just awful. I can totally understand the frustration there. Some ATS systems are great for the application process, and some make it a nightmare. Thanks for your comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Erin - Wow, yikes, yes that is understandable. I get that completely. With so much on today about identify theft, you'd think more companies would know to keep that info off until later in the process. Thanks for the comment and response.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Rob - Yes, I can see how frustrating that is. It happens so often where people will stop associating with a company for a poor interview process. I believe, and my personal hiring philosophy is to treat each candidate as a customer. So in the end, even if you don't the job, you still are a fan of the company.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

I've had this happen as well. I was amazed that they could so easily forget to call back like they said they would, until I realized that they probably have a few hundred candidates to go through. At that point, I realized the onus was on me to call them back.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Sean - Many job seekers should take your approach and be active in the process. Call. Call. Call. Email. Call. You'll get your answer finally. If they forget, shame on them, but don't hold back. Thanks for your response and comment.