Candid Candidate Survey Results

We wanted to allow Canadian Job Seekers a chance to speak out to potential Canadian Employers. We chose the questions based on our feedback forum and current trends. The questions fell under 2 categories: Internet Job Searching and Recruitment Experiences. The results were quite surprising! The survey was filled out based on the fact that all answers would remain completely confidential.

We hope that our survey will inspire Canadian Companies to further develop recruitment and retention strategies that are “outside the box”, but that also adhere to the roots of Human Resources and its commitment to people.

JOB SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET
   
A company has posted their job anonymously. The job sounds perfect for you. Do you?
39%
14%
47%
1. Try to find out who the company is before you send your resume.
2. Not send your resume as you are very particular on whom you work for.
3. Send your resume and see what happens.
   
When you feel it is time to look for a new opportunity would you be more likely to?
4%
8%
16%
56%
13%
3%
1. Contact human resources and let them know you are looking for new opportunities within the company.
2. Tell friends and family you are looking for new opportunities.
3. Apply to the Career web-sites of specific companies.
4. Start looking on internet job sites.
5. Register with employment agencies.
6. Check the newspaper.
   
You are searching on-line job sites. You identify a position of interest and click on APPLY. You are immediately forward to the company’s Career Web-site and asked to go through their application process. Do you?
31%
69%
1. Click back and go on to the next opportunity.
2. Go through the process and then try to return to the job-site.
   
When looking for a job would you prefer a job web-site..
31%
60%
1%
8%
1. That has a multitude of jobs in all industry sectors and categories.
2. That focuses specifically on your industry and job sector.
3. One that has funny sayings and cartoon drawings.
4. One that has an abundance of information on how to find a job and resume tips.
   
When you identify jobs that have been posted by an employment agency and not a direct employer do you..
34%
66%
1. Avoid applying for these jobs.
2. Apply to them like any other job.
   
Do you find the career sections of company web-sites?
51%
26%
23%
1. Overall fairly well designed.
2. Too detailed and time-consuming.
3. Hard to navigate.
   

Would you attend a resume workshop in the downtown core, where you could have your resume evaluated?

64%
36%
Yes
No
   
When you apply on-line to specific jobs how good has the response been?
14%
54%
32%
1. Good, I get calls back on most of them.
2. I get very little response.
3. OK, I get a few calls.
   
Would you like to receive instant job alerts on your cell phone?
75%
25%
Yes
No
   
Did you know that the majority of employers monitor all email especially as it concerns job searching?
48%
40%
12%
Yes
No
Don’t care wouldn't give my work email anyway
 
 
EXPERIENCES IN RECRUITMENT
 
How do you feel about your human resources department?
29%
27%
27%
17%
1. I never bother with them as I rarely get a response.
2. I feel they keep me from getting in front of the right people.
3. They say they will look into things and never call back.
4. I love my human resources department, they are efficient and courteous.
 
If you felt you were being treated unfairly would you?
9%
44%
47%
1. Go to human resources.
2. Go directly to your supervisor.
3. Find a new job.
   
Your number one reason for leaving a job:
13%
25%
4%
55%
2%
1. Not enough money.
2. Too many office politics.
3. Too much overtime.
4. Better opportunity or advancement.
5. Shorter Commute.
   
Would you rather have:
33%
67%
1. More free time.
2. Higher Salary.
   
Do you feel that your current employer has enough incentives and programs to retain you as an employee?
18%
82%
Yes
No
   
Have you ever felt that an interviewer was condescending?
68%
32%
Yes
No
   
Have you ever felt sexually harassed during the interview process?
8%
92%
Yes
No
   
Have you ever felt that you were being given a “drive-by”. Meaning the company brought you in to see how you looked?
56%
44%
Yes
No
   
Have you ever felt so uncomfortable in an interview that you got up and left?
14%
86%
Yes
No
   
When you arrive to your interview, the receptionist is very rude and sharp with you. Being that this person is supposed to be the manager of “first impressions” would this affect your decision to work for this company?
67%
33%
Yes
No
   
Your potential boss asks you inappropriate questions in your interview about your plans for having a family down the road do you?
33%
25%
13%
29%
1. Tell them that the question is not appropriate.
2. Tell them the truth that you are definitely going to have a family shortly.
3. Lie and say you have no plans to have children.
4. Avoid the question.
   
Do you feel that you have been discriminated against by a Canadian company?
49%
51%
Yes
No
   
If you show up on time for an interview and the interviewer keeps you waiting an extra 15 minutes, would that change your view of the company in a negative way?
52%
48%
Yes
No
   
If your interviewer takes a cell phone call, or reads their Blackberry in the middle of your interview would you?
11%
40%
42%
7%
1. Not care, things happen, they are busy.
2. Find it annoying but you’ll get over it.
3. That’s rude! I would feel disrespected.
4. Cut the interview short and walk out.

 

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