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The No. 1 Reason Candidates Decline Job Offers Is…

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According to the most recent Staffing & Recruiting Pulse Survey, 46 percent of recruiters say the top reason candidates decline a job offer is because they received another offer. The second biggest reason? Thirty percent of recruiters said compensation and benefits offered were not in line with the candidate’s expectations. The good news is that, according to 77 percent of recruiters, candidates decline a job offer less than 10 percent of the time; however, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when they do.

While you can’t control what candidates do, you can have a backup plan.  Maintaining an active Talent Network can increase your chances of getting those desirable candidates to say “yes.”  A Talent Network not only enables you to keep candidates interested and engaged in your opportunities, it also helps ensure you always have a pipeline of relevant candidates from which to choose – and (almost) never have to start your recruiting efforts from scratch.

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Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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