4 Ways Employers Can Provide Realistic Expectations Of Job Openings

By Heather R. Huhman | Small Business

Job seekers want to know the type of job they’re applying for and how it will affect their career and life outside of work. According to a survey by Glassdoor, six out of 10 job seekers who accepted a job discovered it was different than they expected when starting the position.

As the hiring manager of your company, you need to provide realistic expectations for job seekers. They want to know the best and most challenging aspects of the job. Additionally, you should share with them how their role as an employee contributes to the success of the company.

Instead of creating a false reality for job candidates, make sure you provide clear expectations of the position and what you expect from the candidate during the interview process. Here are four ways you can provide realistic expectations:

1. Be honest during the interview. As the hiring manager, it’s important for you to provide an honest description of the job opening and your company’s culture. Job candidates need to feel confident during their interview that your job opening is the right opportunity for them. Make sure you provide clear explanations the office environment, management, salaries, and benefits. The last thing you want is to lose a new employee because they didn’t understand the reality of the job and culture of your company.

2. Clearly explain your company mission. Candidates want to know the purpose of the company and its values. Before any job seeker accepts a new position, they need to be able to understand the mission of your company. While the candidate will have researched your company prior to the interview, be prepared to answer questions about your company’s beliefs and mission statement. Candidates want to feel comfortable in their job and know they are working for a company with strong values they support.

3. Keep the lines of communication open. As the hiring manager, it’s important for you to reach out to candidates and follow-up with them after the interview. Don’t leave them wondering how their interview went or the next time you will be in contact with them. If you are interested in a candidate, make sure you provide timely responses to their questions. Even if you are overwhelmed with hundreds of applications, your priority should be keeping the lines of communication open with candidates. By doing this, they will feel positive about the job opening and the communication throughout your company.

4. Tell candidates about challenges of the job. During the interview process, it’s important to mentally prepare candidates for the position. Not only should you tell them about the best parts of the job and the perks of working for the company, but you should also explain to them some of the most challenging aspects of the position. This way, when you hire them, they will know what to expect when they are faced with challenges on the job.

In order to provide realistic expectations of your job openings, make it your mission to inform job seekers and to promote transparency in the interview process. Be very specific in your job postings and during interviews. When you do this, candidates will be prepared for the position and you will prevent misconceptions about your company.

What ways to do you think employers can provide realistic expectations for job seekers?

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