Survey: Hearing about layoffs would make 44% of Americans look elsewhere

“The good news is that this and the top frustrations that job seekers have with the recruitment process can all be improved by any employer of any size.”

Research has found that 67% of hiring managers say Facebook has ‘the most incriminating information’ on candidates, but it turns out that these decision makers don’t always hold all the cards. In fact, new data from Glassdoor shows that hearing about company layoffs would make 44% of employees and job seekers exit “a recruitment process.”

But on the other hand, the employer also has opportunities to get things right — for instance, 58% surveyed said that having a company be in contact “with them clearly and regularly” would be “a positive job application experience.”

In terms of how the research was carried out, The Harris Poll surveyed 1,151 American adults who were either working or not, but searching for employment.

What Americans like about hiring

A whopping 82% of those surveyed also said they wished the hiring process would be complete in “less than a month.”

Here’s what respondents like companies to do when hiring:

  • “a company communicating with them clearly and regularly:” 58%
  • “set out clear expectations for them so that they could prepare well:” 53%
  • “getting feedback from the company, even if they were not successful:” 51%
  • “a company explaining how many interviews candidates might need to go through and who those interviews might be with:” 45%
  • “a simple and efficient online job application process:” 43%

What Americans don’t like about hiring

Here’s how respondents think employers get things wrong when hiring:

  • “a lack of information about a job’s total compensation package, including pay and benefits:” 50% (57% women and 44% of men felt this way)
  • “potential employers canceling or postponing interviews:” 50% (a tie)
  • “potential employers not responding in a timely manner:” 47%

Julie Coucoules, Glassdoor’s Global Head of Talent Acquisition, commented on the research in a statement:

“Recruiters have a challenging task of coordinating multiple interviews in addition to ensuring each candidate receives the necessary information to evaluate an opportunity. Job seekers clearly feel that understanding the total compensation package, including pay and benefits, is absolutely essential to fully evaluate a job opportunity,” she said. “The good news is that this and the top frustrations that job seekers have with the recruitment process can all be improved by any employer of any size. Recruiters that want to create an informative and organized process can use this feedback to make their interview process more effective and positive.”

Keeping this in mind, here’s what respondents say would make them leave “a recruitment process:”

  • “the employer announcing layoffs:” 44%
  • “a poor first interaction with a recruiter or hiring manager:” 40%
  • “reading negative reviews from employees:” 35%
  • “hearing about employee or leadership scandals:” 33%
  • “reading negative news coverage about the company:” 32%

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.