Once you have found the perfect candidate for a job, it would be nice to assume that the candidate also believes the position at your company to be a perfect fit for them, but this isn’t always the case.



Some reasons a candidate may not accept your offer could be the salary you have offered them, or perhaps they received a better offer somewhere else, etc. Companies should not expect to have every offer accepted, but they should aim for around 90 percent. If they can’t reach this goal, they may need to look more closely at the reasons behind the declined offers.


Some things your organization can do to improve your offer acceptance rate are:

• Compare your salary offers to industry averages and adjust accordingly

• Try including a signing bonus for high-level positions

• Include salary requirements in the screening questionnaire to fast-fail candidates who will not match your offer


Typically, if the offer acceptance rate is low, it means the company may need to have more realistic expectations for their open positions.

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