Job candidates are not always forgiving

June 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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CHICAGO, June 20 (UPI) -- Poor experiences among job seekers can backfire on a recruiting company, a survey of U.S. companies found.

More than three out of four job candidates, 78 percent, indicated they would discuss with family members and friends a negative experience in applying for a job, human resources firm CareerBuilder said Wednesday.

Seventeen percent indicated they would post something on a social media Web site concerning a negative experience with a company where they were applying for work. Six percent indicated they would describe the negative experience in a blog, CareerBuilder said.

If a company did not get back to a job applicant, 32 percent of job applicants indicated they would be less inclined to buy a product from that company. Forty-four percent indicated their opinion of that company would decline.

Fifteen percent of job applicants indicated their opinion of a company declined after they were contacted for an interview.

Fifty-six percent of companies responding to the survey indicated a job applicant had turned down a job offer from the company in the past 12 months.

The No. 1 reason people indicated they applied for specific job, named by 45 percent of job applicants, is location, not money, CareerBuilder said. The No. 2 reason is also not money -- 33 percent of job applicants indicated the desirable industry was the reason they applied for a job.

Twenty-five percent indicated the company's reputation was the reason they applied for a specific job.

Competitive compensation was considered "critical," but it still came in as the sixth most-common reason applicants indicated they were applying for a job -- after location, desirable industry, company reputation, interesting assignments and advancement opportunity.

The survey involved 800,000 job applicants was conducted June 1, 2011, through April 30, 2012, on behalf of 1,500 companies, CareerBuilder said.

The figures have a 95 percent probability of being accurate within a range of plus and minus 0.11 percentage points, CareerBuilder said.

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