Job Interview Feedback Is Practically Nonexistent

By Donald Sears  |  Posted 2010-11-05

Ever have an interview or series of interviews and never hear back from human resources or hiring managers when you do not get the job?

You are not alone. Over half--52 percent-- of respondents on an October Dice survey said they'd love to receive feedback from companies they have interviewed with for positive and negative information, but never get a call returned. Some are so frustrated by the experience their response is "who cares?". Roughly 30 percent of technology workers do not see the value in the feedback at all.

Granted everyone has work to do, but a little humanity and feedback can go along way for the future . How many times have recruiters and HR people come back to you months and years after when they haven;t found what they needed yet?

It may sound too ideal to put in practice, but the reputation sting it leaves in candidates is lasting. You never know when that company may need to interview someone again for a different position or reach out to that rejected candidate for contacts with the candidate's peers, managers and references.

Tom Silver of Dice put it this way in the latest monthly report on technology hiring trends.

There needs to be a mutual give and take of information between hiring managers and candidates. The benefits of returned calls are an improved company reputation, as well as an improved hiring manager reputation. These benefits outweigh the time and legal restraints it takes to address the tech professional's questions.

With an unemployment rate among tech professionals of 4.3 percent, it's only getting more challenging to find the three c's - capability, credibility and culture fit. In a networked community like technology, putting your company at the top of best practices pays off.

Amen to that, brother.

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