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Why Job Seekers Would Reject a Job Offer

2016-05-02 09:00:00 +0100 by Kellie-Anne Molloy

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With many employers seeing the end of the economic downturn that we all know too well – it is certainly clear that this is no longer an employer’s market. Jobseekers hold the majority of the power and the thing is… they know they do, especially multilingual jobseekers.

Employers today now have to put more on the table with a language job offer to entice the perfect multilingual candidate.

Money can be a big deciding factor – with more experience and skills comes more money and that’s expected – but what is it that makes multilingual jobseekers gear more towards certain employers over another?

Well with being in the multilingual recruitment business 6 years now we’ve heard it all and the same reasons pop up every now and then, read below to see why you could be missing out on some amazing multilingual jobseekers:

  • The Interviewer:

You could be ticking all the right boxes for being a great employer but if you have an interviewer sitting the interview that isn’t exactly a great selling point you could lose some great multilingual jobseekers. If the jobseeker is treated poorly during the interview, i.e. last minute cancelations, the interviewer being late, or even if they answer their phone during the interview this can all give off a bad impression, making the jobseeker feel that they wouldn’t be treated all that well in the language job abroad.

  • The Hiring Process:

As we work in multilingual recruitment, we have seen that different countries have slightly different hiring processes. For instance, in Germany the hiring process could take much longer than it does here in Ireland and jobseekers can either feel frustrated or short sighted by the length of the hiring process.

If you take too long the jobseeker may feel like you have lost interest and look elsewere but if the hiring is too short they may feel like you made a quick decision and feel uneasy about the company.

  • Online Reviews:

No one likes bad reviews and Glassdoor is the place where they live and breathe. Of course there are positive reviews too but no one seems to talk about them. If you have bad reviews jobseekers could feel that their time working with you could be troublesome and negative – one way to sort this would be to increase the number of positive reviews on your account. A way to do so could be to read the reviews yourself and try to improve upon them.

  • Work -Life Balance:

Obviously we would all like to have equal amounts of time at home and at work – to give 100% to both. Sometimes this just isn’t possible. Those who are new to a company – usually work more hours and feel the need to prove themselves so they have less time at home. Those who are mid-career who may have young children want to be there for their children and need less time at work etc. Jobseekers will always look for the language job with the best work life balance. Wouldn’t you?

  • Culture Fit:

You may be wondering how any non-employee can possibly see into the working and office culture of the company when they don’t work there. Well they can see it via your social media profiles and your website. The way things are written on your website can tell a lot about how your company and employees operate. Language Jobseekers have been known to reject a language job offer if the company culture didn’t feel like the right fit for them.

  • The Location:

Location can be a big factor (especially when looking to work abroad) and can tie in with the work life balance. You could be based in a great location but it could be hard to get to, accommodation could only be available further away, making the commute longer than expected. With us working in helping those to work abroad – Location is a huge factor, if a country has bad climate, public transport, rent fees etc. it’s even harder to get jobseekers on board. Unless you take this into consideration when setting up the company there is very little you can do about this except trying to make it easier for jobseekers to get to you, for example. Work Bus, travel compensation etc.

  • Another Offer:

It’s heart breaking sometimes in this business that we lose a multilingual jobseeker to another job offer. These things happen and in the end it comes down to a popularity contest between you and the other company – whoever they liked more is the winner.


There you have it; some rather popular reasons multilingual jobseekers have rejected a job offer. Why are we telling you this? Well simply because we hope that you are in the know and ultimately reduce the rate of rejected job offers out there.




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