The job hunt is often a tedious, depressing and demoralising process. You leave an interview feeling as if you’ve just come out of an interrogation agency meant for criminals of the highest order as you try to prove to the judges of your future that you should not be executed.
What’s worse is the wait between handing in a resume and getting a response, kinda like you’re stuck in limbo. It’s a daunting task to drop resumes to different companies as you wait impatiently for a response. Quit playing games with My Heart becomes the theme song of your life.
I sometimes wish the hiring process could be easier and stripped off its unnecessary pretence and ineffective processes. Thus, I shall put my life on the line by putting forth a few simple requests to employers and HR personnels out there.
- Say something, I’m giving up on you
Imagine being contacted by a headhunter, participating in several painful rounds of interviews, only to never hear back on a decision. You just need ONE call. Just give me some closure so I can move on!I can safely say that that is in fact one of the most painful part of the job search, as if your resume which you’ve spent hours or days perfecting seems to fall in to some sort of black hole. Honestly, a simple follow up would be nice. A company tardy on responses reflects back on to their culture, and more often than not, I wouldn’t want to reapply for a job there again, unless in dire situations.
- Less is more
Seriously, just how many rounds of interviews are necessary? There was a job I applied for 2 years ago that required me to attend a total of 4 interview sessions. FOUR! By the time I reached their second round of interview, (which asked almost similar questions to the first), I have gotten offers from other companies which took only one succinct session with me.I believe it doesn’t require much time to harness information and assessment from candidates. Perhaps what is missing is efficiency.
- Is honesty so hard to achieve?Recruiters have a bad reputation of selling counterfeits to candidates and being dishonest during the negotiation process by up-selling their company. Concealing the flaws of a company will only breed a resentful culture when these candidates are eventually hired.I mean, don’t promise me an array of training grounds when in fact there isn’t any or if the closest to training I’ll ever get is the occasional swaths of comment from a superior or two. If honestly is what you’re looking from candidates, I guess it’s safe to say that we want the same from employers too.
I guess what helps is for companies to ask for feedback on hiring processes once an interview is conducted. I mean, just because the ball is at your court doesn’t make what you do right all the time, right? Discourse is always a great way to get some gears running towards employing the best methods for employing. It’s a two way conversation between future employers and employees. So, let’s start talking.