Employers! Do you know what you want?

Some straight-up advice for employers today.

 

It’s a lesson in what not to do during the recruitment process.

 

It might sound a little “ranty”, but it’s not, I promise.

 

A few years ago I applied for a copywriting job at an ecommerce company.

 

I met all the criteria in the job description and person specification, and was invited for an interview.

 

It went great – I gave good, thorough answers to show I knew my stuff and felt I gave a good account of myself.

 

I also got on great with the interviewers, they were nice people.

 

But two whole weeks after the interview, I finally got an email telling me I hadn’t got the job.

 

Why?

 

Because I hadn’t had any previous experience at a marketing agency.

 

Normally I’d say “fair enough”, but it seemed especially annoying because that wasn’t in the job description or person specification.

 

If that was an essential requirement for getting the job, then perhaps they should have said.

 

What’s more, despite not having that particular quality I was invited to an interview.

 

Ultimately, it just made me feel like I’d wasted my time. What’s more, I’ll never understand why’d they’d waste their time on a candidate who didn’t have the required experience.

 

It’s that kind of thing that can damage a company’s reputation, and can make them seem amateur.

 

It’s easy to avoid though. Just think about what qualities and experience you need a potential employee to have, and then eliminate anyone who doesn’t match that.

 

Simple.

 

And you can learn how to do that and translate it into a job advert right here:

 

https://www.madenotborn.com/recruiting-your-first-employee/

 

It won’t waste your time, honest.

 

David

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