In the last 2 years I received e-mail from recruiters who wants offer me a job position. Unfortunately I did reject almost 90% of them before begin the interview phase and I want to explain here why I did that.
Wrong match profile
If you contact me by e-mail or worst by phone saying “I saw your profile on Linkedin, or your resume on your site, and it is perfect for this position…” and the 70% (or none, it is happened) of required skills do not match my profile… well you’re wasting my time.
If you’re an external recruiter (or head hunter) and you do this you’re loosing credibility and probably I will be more prepared to reject you in the future. I understand that more candidates you give to the company higher is the probability that one of them will be hired but if I was the company who ask you to find some candidates and you give me these kind of candidates well I will no happy too.
Required skills in everything
One of the last positions was for a web developer. The required skills begin well each of them was about the field, but after a while starts to compare:
- experience with app mobile
- machine learning
- SDK social network (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) and Google Services
- configuration and maintenance of server Linux
To me it seems a quite wide required skills for a “web developer” position. Please specify a set of skill which match the position you’re looking for.
Choose carefully third party recruiting web service
Some platforms for recruiting are bad, really bad or may happens that they are used in a wrong way. I’m registered in some of them and may happens that the procedure of selecting is disputable and discouraging. In the last 3 months from one of them I received about 4 application’s request, the procedure consist about a set of few questions like “Set below your Python level” and 3 radio button with “low, medium, high” or “Do you know Django? [Y/N]” and even worst questions. For each “correct” answer you gain 1 point and for wrong one you loose a point. Please do not use them or at least try to write some good question, not generic ones.
These too are the main reasons which cause my reject, there are others but I’d like to put them as list of advices about what and how write in a job announce.
1 – Please write the range of salary for the position, specially if you’re looking for an employee with high skills level.
2 – Avoid to say “Fresh new super tech ninja startup” and try to describes the company.
3 – Write a typical day of work for the position.
4 – Avoid to say “If you have a great passion for new technologies and looking for place where you can use them” if the required skills are PHP 5.X, CSS, HTML.
5 – The fact you have videogames, bowling, free beer, barbecue on the beach during weekend etc do not convince me.
6 – Saying “We’re looking for person who sacrifices his life to the company, like work overtime etc” means you’re looking for slaves not employees.
7 – Write the technologies used in the company.
8 – Do not hide the company name.
These are just some advices, please feel free to use them.