Why an informed candidate is a preferred candidate

by | Sep 25, 2017

What makes an informed candidate ideal?

With the competition for jobs hotting up, it's hard for job seekers to know how to stay ahead of the pack and to pitch themselves as an ideal candidate.  

According to research from Glassdoor carried out in the U.K. and US among  750 hiring managers88 %  maintained that an informed candidate is the top quality they look for when they pass through the recruitment process.  As women tend to look at the outside job market less frequently than their male colleagues, they may not be as familiar with the requirements and impact of interview preparation, which puts them at a disadvantage.

The Glassdoor findings define an informed candidate as one that is:

"well-researched, engaged and has the right qualifications"

It's clear that you can't change your qualifications and experience at this point in the process, but there are 4 other key areas that candidates can brush up on to put them in the desirable position of being a well-informed candidate:
  1. They prepare for the interview and have relevant questions at the ready.
  2. They understand the job role.
  3. They have researched the organization's culture and values.
  4. They are knowledgable about salary and benefits.

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Research, research and research

An informed candidate is an easy hire. It helps everyone in the recruitment process feel comfortable and confident that the candidate can be seamlessly onboarded. This reduces time and hiring costs and means that the successful candidate will make an early contribution. It suggests that the candidate understands well the values of the company and the culture so that there will be no surprises further down the line. Surprises are costly and lead to early churn.

Worth a read: Women need to become more active passive candidates

 This means that in-depth research of the role pays dividends even though at the time it may seem unrewarding and time-consuming. Web sites, social media platforms and financial and business news are all valuable resources to give an up to date picture of an organisation including the all important mission statement that reflect culture and  values. Some companies such as Amazon post on their website the pillars of their company culture and structure interview around them. Known as "Leadership Principles" they can be brutal or challenging depending on your point of view.
It also requires becoming familiar with the job profile and all the terminology within in it. If there are any doubts ask within your network or look them up on-line. You can even drop a mail to the HR contact. Companies are advised not to use internal buzz words and acronyms but many still do and it can be confusing.

Know your worth

It's important to know your market value and have a firm idea of your salary expectations factoring in all benefits. You can ascertain this from sites such as Payscale.com and Glassdoor. If you are unsure ask in your network. Always give a range for your salary expectations and don't be afraid to negotiate. It's a process.
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If candidates are fully prepared before the interview it gives them an added advantage. It gives them time to focus on the sub-text and hidden messages on what's not being said.  It gives time to observe the surroundings and take time to answer any tricky questions.  So being an informed candidate doesn't just make you an ideal candidate from a company perspective, but you can also use it to your own advantage.

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