Top 3 things candidates tell me..

Top 3 things candidates tell me..

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Posted-on March 2020 By Wallis Summers-Smith

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​Over the past 3 months, I have interviewed over 100 candidates. In every interview I have asked each candidate to tell me the top 3 things they are looking for in their next role.
Responses ranged from progression and growth, to one person honestly stating that they were open to anything and wanted what was available. Some mentioned location, others were looking for a role that could give them more of a sense of responsibility.
But there were 3 areas, that dominated the responses and here they are.
Culture
A whopping 93% of candidates mentioned that a great business culture was at the top of their list when it came to considering their next move.
It’s really interesting when you ask someone “but what does a good business culture mean to you?”
As fabulous as they are, hardly anyone spoke about the table tennis table or the Friday night drinks. Candidates are more interested in the support they receive from management and working in a people focused company with open and honest communication.
Progression and growth
71 of the 100 candidates I spoke to are looking for some form of progression or growth from their next position.
But what does that look like?
Digging a little deeper, not everyone wants to be the next Team Leader or Manager. Progression and growth mean different things to different people.
Whilst some were looking for that step into leadership, others were looking at expanding their skill set, industry experience or systems knowledge. Some were looking to move into a role that could give them more of a sense of accountability.
All of them opportunities, for personal and professional growth.
Training and development
Training and development was another big one.
1 in every 3 candidates mentioned that this was an area of importance to them when looking at their next step.
The opportunities for training and development stemmed from something as little (but still of great importance) as a structured onboarding program. Others were looking at the opportunity to further their studies through or up-skill on the job.
Did you know?
Out of this survey, only 1 in 10 said that their move was purely financially motivated and that a salary higher than their current was more of a “nice to have.”
What does that mean?
Now more than ever, businesses need to have a competitive edge in the market to not just engage but retain, high quality staff.
Is your business doing the best it can to engage and retain top talent?
Yes? Keep up the great work!
No? Let’s have a chat to see how we can work together to change that.
Author: Wallis Summers-Smithhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/wallissummerssmith/