Making a job offer to a candidate is not just about giving the person a new job and a salary, that is something that many other companies offer as well. It’s about sharing the same vision, making a good culture fit, letting them know what benefit they get from working for your company and in what way this new job will benefit their career. If your company has jobs which have room for negotiation regarding certain aspects try to avoid the following eight no-no’s:
# 1 - Sounding desperate to hire a hard-to-find candidate
I remember receiving once a call on a Sunday evening around 9pm from a CEO of a college in London ten years ago who was looking for a Business Lecturer. The day and time of his call made me realise that he was in urgent need to fill this vacancy. I got invited for an interview two days later and when I got a better understanding about the college and their staff (which this CEO was treating rudely and making them feel embarrassed in front of me) I understood why it would be difficult to find someone who would feel proud to work for his college.
# 2 – Not telling the candidate that the salary is not negotiable.
For low skilled jobs or if your company is facing an economical tough time it is common that salaries might not be negotiable.
# 3 - Changing important terms and conditions in the last minute which differ from your initial promise.
For example, by offering a lower salary, by reducing the number of entitled days of holidays, by including “flexible working hours” rather than the agreed 9-5 working hours etc.
# 4 – Don’t just discuss the salary, think of all the other perks that your company can offer.
# 5 - Rushing a candidate into accepting the job offer straight away or without allowing them to take any further time to think about the offer being made.
A candidate might have also had other job interviews in the past days and might be interested in receiving those feedbacks too. Furthermore, often jobseekers (who are married and have a family) would want to discuss their potential new job move also with other family members in order to make sure that they are happy about it and agree with the decision as well.
# 6 - Telling a candidate all the terms and details of the job verbally but without issuing a written letter of employment.
# 7 – Don’t try to cut out the third party.
In case you hired a recruitment agency to help you find the right candidate don’t try to cut out this third party by hiring the candidate directly without paying the agency their fees.
# 8 - Not engaging at all with the new hire during the notice period.
If you follow these tips jobseekers will realise that they are dealing with a reliable, honest, trustworthy and professional individual as well as a company that they can trust.