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Employees and companies unhappy with hiring decisions

Posted on March 4th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

The majority of people who started jobs in 2012 were unhappy about their employment situation in December, according to a new report by Development Dimensions International.

The HR administration consulting company surveyed 250 staffing directors and 2,000 new hires from around the world to determine worker confidence and happiness levels.

Roughly half of new employees reported experiencing buyer's remorse after taking a job while one in eight new workers over the course of 2012 were failures.

"There is a great paradox in that both unemployment and the number of open positions hover at uncomfortably high levels," said Scott Erker, senior vice president of DDI's Select Solution and the study's co-a​uthor. "Simultaneously, organizations and candidates are shaky about the decisions they made in staffing and accepting roles this year."

When asked why hiring mistakes occurred, nearly one-third of staffing professionals attributed failure to relying too heavily on hiring manager evaluations and 21 percent blamed candidates who oversold their skills during the application process.

Meanwhile, only 5 percent of employees surveyed planned to stay in their current positions long term. In an interview with Workforce magazine, Erker said companies aren't providing potential new hires with an accurate perception of the expectations and responsibilities of the position.

The survey findings shed light on the importance of honestly and accuracy during the recruiting process.

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