Finding a great candidate can be a challenge. There is a lot of competition for top industry talent. So, if you make progress with an individual and think they would be a great fit, it’s essential that you make them a fair job offer. You don’t want to invest time and effort into a candidate only to have them decline your offer. But it happens and we know you don’t want to be in this type of situation.

So, we asked our private equity recruiters to provide you with some insights about the top reasons candidates choose to decline job offers. Here is what they have to say:

Private equity recruiters top reasons candidates decline job offers


A lowball offer is a top reason candidates decline job offers

It shouldn’t be a surprise that perhaps the most common reason candidates decline a job offer is over money, especially top performers. People know what they are worth. They know the compensation statistics and they have a certain expectation to be paid fairly based on their position, experience, and knowledge. If you try to save a few bucks by lowballing a candidate, it will likely backfire on you.

You don’t offer a lot of flexibility

Flexibility has become a priority for most candidates in the post covid work environment. Candidates want to work for companies that can offer flexible work arrangements. Remote work options have been a hot topic for the past couple of years and it may just be a key deciding factor if a candidate chooses to accept your offer or not. This is especially the case if they have a long commute. Seriously consider offering flexible scheduling to close the deal.

The job wasn’t what they expected

What you include in your job ads and communicate to candidates during the recruitment process is very important. It’s essential for you to be as upfront, honest, and transparent as possible. Avoid overselling the role. Be clear about duties, responsibilities, and the day-to-day tasks that are part of the job.

The candidate had a poor experience during the recruitment process

If a candidate has a poor experience during the hiring process, there is a good chance they will not accept an offer to work for your company. Every interaction reflects on your company culture and what they think the work environment could be if they take the job.

So, if you are not responsive to their communications, they see an interaction between workers they don’t like, or the interviewer says something that doesn’t resonate with them, they may choose to look elsewhere.

If you are having issues with candidates declining job offers, reach out to our recruitment team. We can work with you to help you attract and hire the best candidates in your industry.


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Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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