Survey: Applicant quality continues to plague employers
- New research from Allegis Group reports that 83% of 1,400 employers surveyed believe attracting and retaining talent is a growing challenge, and on top of that, 80% cite applicant quality as main stumbling block in their talent strategy, with 40% reporting it as a "significant" issue.
- In addition, 51% of employers have open positions for which they can't find quality candidates. But while 72% of hiring managers say they provide clear job descriptions, only 36% of candidates say they are provided with clear job descriptions
- Finally, 85% of the 13,000 job seekers surveyed from North America, EMEA and APAC regions say consistent communication throughout the process as the top driver of satisfaction with the recruitment experience.
The study offers employers a quantitative effort to evaluate what separates the best talent acquisition strategies from the rest, according to Allegis. With this data, employers can establish a benchmark, understand stakeholder groups and their perspectives (hiring manager, talent acquisition, and candidate), know what’s working well, identify problem areas and finally, decide which factors matter most. In this case, crafting clearer job descriptions seems to be a solid place to start.
The talent challenge is ever-evolving, and it has stunted some companies' moves to a digital culture. Either way, research like this can help employers make better decisions now.