Businesses ‘taking the piss’ when recruiting new staff should be made to reimburse candidates for lost wages, My Business has been told.
Employees are complaining of being subjected to ridiculous investigations during the recruitment process, which is causing them to lose many hours at work and jeopardise their existing employment should their application be unsuccessful.
One such employee, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of harming their future job prospects, suggested that employers making unreasonable demands of job candidates should reimburse these candidates for associated costs.
Such payments could cover “the hours spent attending multiple interviews, sample work provided to demonstrate skills or even the cost of travel” to in-person meetings where free options, such as the use of Skype, are not permitted.
“Some businesses are just taking the piss with the level of investigation they subject job candidates to, and it’s an unfair burden to put on jobseekers,” the job hunter said.
It follows a prominent homewares retailer being criticised for having an “over-the-top” hiring process that is causing candidates to walk away.
However, David Cawley, regional director at recruitment firm Hays Retail, says reimbursing candidates for their time is unnecessary.
“If someone is looking for another role, it is in their interest to obtain the role they’re applying for. Although it may be inconvenient to do multiple interviews, it’s their choice to attend and success will benefit them in the long run,” he says.
“For those who are unsuccessful, any interview experience is valuable and will help prepare you for your next one.”
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.