Having worked in recruitment for the past ten years even I was shocked by some of these feedback statistics however small the scope of those surveyed. It raises some really important questions that need answers. Debut, the award-winning student and graduate careers app has launched a national petition on Monday, as part of its #FightForFeedback campaign, which will also include a white paper being submitted to government, to request new rules whereby employers are required to share feedback with candidates after a face-to-face interview. With the words required being used, I anticipate they’re asking for it to be included in recruitment legislation and enforceable or penalised.
Debut asked 1000 18-23 year olds how they felt about feedback post-interview, and 77% agreed it should be a legal requirement.Debut is a student and graduate careers app that connects young talent with leading employers – it aims to become the global app for student careers. I can see why they are looking to make a name for themselves by pushing for the change especially after being listed as one of the UK’s most exciting, fast-growing companies, as part of City AM’s Annual Leap 100 list. They’ve also won the Google Developers Launchpad in April 2015. They want to make a name for themselves and become credible in the marketplace but are they fighting for a cause for their own gain or an actual problem? I think they’ve got a massive point and there is a problem. Looking at some of the interesting statistics coming out of the various surveys it does make you think:
- Four out of five candidates claim to have never received feedback after a face to face interview (83%)
- Over half (51%) of candidates have taken a day of annual leave for an interview (worth £117.46*)
- The average cost of attending an interview is £41 – equivalent of 8% of the typical family household weekly spend
- 77% of 1000 people aged 18-23 in UK think it should be a legal requirement for employers to share feedback after a face to face interview.