Think you know candidates? What we learnt in 2018
1. Can you really ask that?
38% of candidates have been asked an illegal interview question. Amongst those who have, 89% answered the question they were asked.
2. Anything but the truth
37% of candidates believe that telling a lie is acceptable during an interview, with the most commonly accepted lie being the reason they are looking for a new job. This lie was considered acceptable to more than one in 10 (16%) job seekers.
3. The robots are coming
It appears artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will have a more positive impact on the workforce as they become more understood. In fact, the reason one in five candidates say they don’t like AI is because they don’t understand it well. But, whilst candidates see the potential upside of AI, 57% think it’s important to limit how far we go with advances in AI at work.
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4. Great (salary) expectations
17% of candidates expect to earn more than $70,000 in their first career job and 42% expect to earn $50,000 or more. This indicates that there may be some disconnect between actual entry role salaries and expectations of career income starting points.
5. Money talks
52% of candidates have never directly asked an employer for a pay rise and 31% indicate that they are unlikely to ask for one in the future. This may come as a surprise as 58% of candidates believe they are underpaid - indicating that the discomfort of having a conversation about salary may be a strong barrier to doing anything about it.
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6. The value of flexibility
Aside from salary, flexible working hours is the top non-financial benefit (42%) that appeals to candidates. Conversely, a lack of work-life balance is the second more popular reason why employees may leave their current role.
7. Pay cuts for work-life balance
Many candidates have taken pay cuts in the past, and most would consider it in the future. Interestingly, 61% of Kiwis who voluntarily took a pay cut did so for improved work-life balance.
8. Is your job ad in the ‘too hard’ basket?
Two in three candidates (68%) have gotten to the stage where they see a job they want to apply for, but have not gone through with applying. The most common reason for this were a lack of clarity in the job description (including missing salary details) and uncertainty in being able to meet skills/experience requirements.
9. The feedback loop
Only 45% of candidates are confident applying for a job. Just one in five are confident monitoring the status of their application (22%), and only a third know what happens to their job application after they’ve applied online (34%). Importantly, 54% of candidates suggest that a key pain point is ‘not hearing back from employers’ regarding a job application.
10. Wellness at work
More than half of candidates have felt the need to take a mental health day, but haven’t actually done so. Two in five (44%) have lied when taking a day off for their own mental health, despite most (84%) agreeing that their colleagues should be allowed mental health days.
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Source: Independent research conducted by Nature on behalf of SEEK. Interviewing 4,000 New Zealanders annually