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Why was my job offer rejected?

The recruitment process can be a time consuming and intensive process, so when you think you’ve found the perfect person for the role only for them to reject your job offer it’s natural to be disappointed.

There are several factors and reasons why your job offer may have been rejected, but instead of becoming frustrated at the loss of a good candidate, reassess what might have been the issue so you can take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future.

Here are just a few reasons why your job offer was rejected:

Candidates playing the field
It’s not uncommon for candidates to apply for several jobs at the same time, even after they’ve been offered a role. With the skills shortage still very much apparent in the UK, jobseekers have the ability to shop around for the best packages as there’s far more job vacancies than skilled candidates to fill them.

If your job offers are being rejected on a regular basis, perhaps take the time to revisit the salary and perks you’ve been offering and compare them against those of your competitors to see how your package measures up.

Poor interview performance
Interviews go two ways, and if the people managing the interview stage fail to make the candidate feel comfortable and get across why your company is such an attractive prospect then you’ll find that the candidate will walk away feeling disinterested in the position.

Another reason why things can go horribly wrong is that the staff members carrying out the interview aren’t properly trained or skilled in legal and effective interview techniques. If this is the case, it’s essential that you ensure that everyone involved receives interview training to safeguard against legislative implications and a negative experience for your candidates.

When a candidate has taken the time and effort to apply for your position, the least you can do is keep them informed on the progress of their application. Too many employers conduct interviews and then expect the candidate to still be available more than two weeks after their initial meeting.

Good quality candidates reject job offers as they’ve gotten fed up of waiting to hear back from an employer. Many jobseekers submit several job applications at any one time so keeping them in the loop with regular communications and timely job offers is essential if you want to engage the best quality candidates.

For more information on interview training or salary and benefits packages, speak to the knowledgeable team at Appointments today on 01782 338787

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 19 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.

Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.