Why Job Offers are Rejected

The job market is definitely improving for job seekers: new positions are being added; positions left vacant for a year or longer are being filled; employees are resigning for new opportunities with other companies. A recent CareerBuilder forecast predicted that approximately half of the companies surveyed are planning to add employees during the second half of 2014.
A recent survey by MRI (Management Recruiters International) reported that almost a third of offers rejected are due to duplicate offers; approximately one fourth of offers rejected were because the compensation and benefits offered were less than expected.
At SLPS, too frequently, we find that our clients’ first choice for a new employee is no longer available because they have already secured another position. Sometimes, the preferred offer is the one which comes too late for consideration. We also find that entry-level positions are sometimes rejected because of the financial offer being $1 to $2 less an hour than desired. More frequently, the lack of available benefits brings a rejection.
For hiring companies, there are sometimes valid reasons for delaying a hiring decision: large number of applicants, time constraints for scheduling interviews; delays in receiving budget approval for the position and other priorities. The likelihood of an acceptance from your first choice of applicants is significantly higher when a decision is made quickly and the financial package for compensation and benefits is reasonable for the position offered.
Julia Aguilar