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Hiring Managers Versus Aretha Franklin Who Has Respect

For those too young to know who Aretha Franklin is, she was one of the top recording artists in the 60’s and 70’s. One of her all time best selling records (i.e. CD, iTunes, digital recording, etc. in today’s world) was a song called, “RESPECT.”

All Aretha wanted was, ” to give me just a little, just a little, R. E. S. P. E. C. T. when I come home.” (Author’s comment, I think it was this song that taught most kids in the 60’s how to spell “respect.”)

All most candidates want is, “to give me just a little, just a little, R. E .S. P. E.C. T. when I come in for an interview.”

Not a big request, considering it’s “just a little” respect, not a lot.

Here is one simple example of, “just a little” respect.

I have asked thousands of candidates in over 25 years of recruiting, ‘How long did you wait in the lobby before the hiring manager came to greet you?” The average is between 10 and 15 minutes late. That is not respect.

Think about it for just a minute. The candidate leaves work early, drives for sometimes up to an hour, often in snow or rain, fights traffic, gets all dressed up and makes sure they arrive on-time. After all, what happens if the candidate is even a minute late? Now that is RESPECT for the hiring manager and their time.

But the hiring manager can’t even walk down a clear hallway, in a perfectly air conditioned building, in casual business attire to meet the candidate on-time. This is NOT respect for all the candidate went through.

Simple question, “How long would you keep a multi-million dollar customer waiting in the lobby?” I bet they would get your respect.

Candidate’s desire your respect as much as you desire theirs. If you want to hire top talent, respecting them from the first impression is absolutely critical.

Is your culture one that respects everyone? Is this respect practiced by everyone? Does everyone know, “how to” show the proper respect for anyone visiting your facilities? Does everyone treat candidates the way they want to be treated if they were the candidate? (CLICK HERE to get a free cultural assessment)

Granted, in today’s market conditions, the candidates are more flexible. However, when the market changes to what it was two years ago candidates will walk out.

Respect should not be related to the economy. Consider bringing, “just a little, just a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T” to all candidates when they come in.

Retention of top talent is a critical issue for most companies. Top talent only have two choicesFind Article, they either work for your company or your competitor’s. (CLICK HERE if you would like a free retention check-up)

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