3 min read
Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of advice. Eat your vegetables. Make your bed every morning. Stop and smell the roses. (OK, I never listened to that last one.)
Whether we’re talking work or personal, you know what I’ve learned? Not all advice is good advice.
Especially career advice.
I recently read an article that named some "bad words" in interviewing, which made me stop in my tracks.
Here’s a hint: If you’re sharing these kinds of career advice articles, please stop.
By actively avoiding these “bad words,” candidates are wrecking their chances of finding a company that they’ll truly love and engage with. At Reward Gateway, I make sure our team knows to start with one of our core values: Speak Up.
If you (or your candidate) doesn’t Speak Up, you’re wasting your time to get to that offer stage. I always say that you should be 95% sure of an offer confirmation before you give one. And how can you do that? By starting with that "bad" word, the one everyone hates: Salary.
Salary is one of the first things I ask a prospective job candidate about. Compensation is part of what makes a company a company that your candidate will want to work for, and can be a driving factor in employee engagement. Of course we know by now that there are ways to provide benefits and “added salary” through creative perks. So why not open up the conversation, and engage your prospective employee from the get-go?
Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve had years in the business, try to be a little more transparent in your own hiring process. You’ll be surprised how the caliber of candidates goes from zeroes to heroes, using just one bad word.