As much as HR professionals love their job, they do strictly hate some annoying things which come along with it. They don’t show you but inside they cringe, loath, and even curse when they unwillingly have to face these vexing situations. No, I’m not advocating the fact that the work of HR professionals is simply horrible. In fact, I adore their contributions in the organisation and love the way they enjoy their work with so much integrity. I can continue praising about their subscription to improve employee engagement, hiring process, and the list goes on. I’ll save your time here, as one of our authors has already written a post on it. Let’s take a bow to the HR professionals on this Thanksgiving
I have talked to numerous HR professionals and tried to understand the most frustrating things in the overall recruitment process. Almost all of them came up with these common annoying situations that they always want to avoid.
When candidates constantly call them
If you have seen this movie - “When a stranger calls”, then you could imagine the horror the HR professionals have to go through. It is so hard to cope up with the candidates who just love dialing the number again and again to know the status or result of their interview. This is rather a psycho mindset, “Let me call the HR billions of time so that the company would eventually hire me.”
Ideally, an email should be sufficient to let the candidates know about the tentative dates of their interview result. A feedback email should be sent after the interview for this very reason. It reduces the chances of HR professionals being harassed through unimaginable number of phone calls. Here, I have written a post that explicitly talks on the importance of feedback after the interview. Reasons to give feedback after interview
When they are forced to hire VIP candidates
Let me explain who VIP hires are. They have a very strong referral from a very senior positioned guy in the organisation. The problem starts when these hires do not qualify to be in the role they have been referred for. HR professionals would have to take the burn if the hiring goes wrong. No one would care to question the senior guy who gave the referral in the first place. This would be rather sad for the company, but since the contact point is HR professionals, all the load would eventually come on to their shoulders.
When the candidate leaves after accepting joining letter
We all know how much efforts it takes to close one single position. Umpteen number of hours spent on; sourcing candidates, creating job description, calling each candidate, scheduling the interview and taking interviews can go all downhill at one go if the selected candidate doesn’t join the organisation.
In fact, we have experienced some instances where the candidate calls the company on the joining date only to inform about the cancellation of the joining offer. I think nothing can be so frustrating than something you work for hours and days and nothing works out.
When negativity creeps in the organisation
The only way to enjoy your work is to believe what you do. Believe in the organisation and put your efforts to achieve results. There would be a huge problem if there is even a spark of negativity in the company. One of the responsible jobs of HR professionals is to weed out any type of negativity as soon as it enters the system. One must promote the positive attitude and culture, for they are the two pillars of any successful organisation.