I have read many articles and blog postings about the candidate experience – hell I even wrote one myself bemoaning the bad service candidates get in terms of engagement and feedback.
However, as someone who has been involved in recruiting for our own organisation over the past few weeks, I have been quite literally gobsmacked at the poor level of effort, courtesy and basic communication skills displayed by applicants. We hear lots of stuff about how we need to really engage with Generation Y – but have we gone too far? Do Generation Y now feel that they have to make no real effort? And is that one of the reasons that graduate unemployment is currently so high? Are we creating a whole generation of people who think that they can just sit back and wait for the ever so eager employer to find them within their ‘talent communities’?
A few examples:
Am I just a grumpy old woman? Is there something I’m missing? Is it too much to expect applicants to make some effort to engage with ME? What do others think?