Recruiting Red Flags Candidates Don’t Like To See

Recruiting Red Flags Candidates Don't Like to See - Expert Staffing

It’s a competitive job market out there. While employers are beginning to regain some control after a couple of years, including the pandemic and the subsequent “Great Resignation,” they must be intentional in all their hiring practices to attract the best talent for their open positions.

Unfortunately, there are a few red flags that a recruiter may unknowingly be doing. These simple things might be why they’re having difficulty finding quality candidates to add to their team. 

Be Sure to Avoid These Recruiting Red Flags

Being Cryptic About Wages

These days, job seekers expect employers to post their salary and wage ranges in the job post itself. People understand how much they need to live and don’t want to waste their time. Even if it’s a great opportunity or in a field they love, job seekers are less likely to compromise on what they expect paid.

Some companies try to use the phrase “competitive wages,” but job seekers do not respond well to this.

Recruiting for the Same Position Often

If you continually post the same job opening, job seekers may be turned off and avoid your company altogether. Be upfront in your communication that your company is growing and needs several hires to accommodate. Otherwise, to candidates, it can seem like workers don’t enjoy the job or environment, so there’s a lot of turnover

Broad or Vague Job Descriptions

If an employer posts a job description that is too vague, unclear, or broad, job seekers are not quick to apply. Some job seekers may think this means that their role will be ill-defined, and they could fall victim to being overworked.

They could be worried about what they might be getting into or unsure if they would be a good fit. Remember, it’s time consuming for someone to apply to a job, so they want to make sure it’s worth their time – and yours to review their application!

BONUS Tips: Avoid These Phrases

The following phrases are often overused and misused. Job seekers have become well-aware that companies who say these phrases may mean something different. Take a look at this round-up.

“Work hard/play hard.” 

What it could mean: We expect much of our employees; our expectations are far out of line with our salaries.


What it could mean: Don’t expect a lot of training or support; you’re on your own.

“Great earning potential” 

What it could mean: We don’t pay a lot, but there’s always a chance we might someday.

“Like a family.” 

What it could mean: Most families are fairly dysfunctional, so it will also feel familiar here.

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