“A disconnect between what employers and job seekers expect in the hiring process,” can be the deal breaker for landing a new job, according to Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.
Improper social media postings, company culture mismatch, salary expectations above employer’s pay range, failing CEO interview and failing to send a thank you letter are the five biggest reasons for not getting an offer according to CareerBuilder in a recent study released October 17, 2013.
Improper social media postings
Employers look at candidates’ online postings. Some even look before candidates are called for a job interview. They found:
- 48 percent of employers will use Google or other search engines to research candidates.
- 44 percent will research the candidate on Facebook.
- 27 percent will monitor the candidate’s activity on Twitter.
- 23 percent will review the candidate’s posts or comments on Yelp.com, Glassdoor.com or other rating sites.
Alcohol, drugs and badmouthing
Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) agree. They found the following as most likely to cause problems:
- Photos and text-based references to alcohol and drug use, and
- Criticisms of superiors and peers (so-called “badmouthing” behavior)
Company culture mismatch
The survey shows that “23 percent of employers will dismiss a candidate who is not a good fit for their company culture.” Don’t just apply to any job. Look at where you have done best and try to find similar situations. Research your companies thoroughly and go for the right fit.
Salary expectations too high
Surprisingly, the survey found 18 percent of employers will “eliminate candidates whose salary expectations are too high.” If you are truly flexible in this troubled economy, don’t commit to high salary expectations before you get the offer. Companies must match your pay to be internally equitable. They are not going to upset current employees with a higher paid new employee.
Casual approach to interviewing
Over a third of employers surveyed (38 percent) require candidates to interview with top leaders in their organization. Put your management hat on and get ready to shine.
Forgot to send thank you letter
Don’t overlook the importance of follow-up. It’s important to send a thank you after an interview, said 58 percent of employers. Another 24 percent said it’s very important. Failing to thank every person, whether by email or on paper can knock you down to the number two candidate.
Is it fair to reject applicants because of social media posts?
Yes and no, say the NCSU researchers. They tested job applicants to see if social media postings reveal true attributes related to job performance. Social media postings offer an opportunity for employers to see their candidates “unfiltered” for employer consumption. Psychologists generally accept extraversion and agreeableness as personality traits positively correlated to job performance.
Results indicated that extraverted candidates more likely talked about alcohol and drugs in social media. They believe employers who automatically reject applicants for these reasons may be overlooking the kind of candidates needed for sales and marketing.
Applicants who scored low in agreeableness also badmouthed other people or employers online. Saying negative things about others and especially past employers in interviews is typically a red flag. The same applies to social media because lack of agreeableness can indicate poor performance in most jobs.
CareerBuilder’s findings were results of a survey of 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers conducted online between May 20 and July 2013. CareerBuilder helps match employers with applicants with more than 24 million unique job searcher visits, 1 million jobs and 50 million resumes online.
The NCSU study was based on testing 175 active Facebook users for psychological characteristics. See Big Five Personality Traits Reflected in Job Applicants' Social Media Postings by J. William Stoughton, Lori Foster Thompson, and Adam W. Meade. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.