Why Job Applicants Say No to New Jobs

More Job Offers Turned Down Now Than One Year Ago

Right Fit, Competitive Pay, Quick Start Time are Key Factors

Thanks to a tight labor market and low unemployment rate, employers in America are facing yet another challenge: an increasing number of applicants who are turning down job offers.

In a survey of businesses from Express Employment Professionals, 40% of respondents said applicants choose not to accept a job offer because the company was “no the perfect fit.”  28% said low pay was a factor, while 16% said both “lack of transportation” and “lack of advancement” were key factors.


What can employers do to avoid being turned down?

Quote from Greg Schulten, franchise owner of Express Employment Professionals – Evansville, and GLS Management Services: “Employers need to show the same level of excitement and commitment in hiring as they want to see from applicants.  It is like dating.  If a guy doesn’t feel a girl is excited about going out with him, he looses interest in going out with the girl.  It is the same with the employee / employer relationship. We are seeing an increase in direct hire solutions that a year or more would have been contract to hire. Professional and Skilled candidates just don’t want to accept a position when they feel the company is not as equally excited and committed to bringing them on.

“Employers may be frustrated now, but as long as the economy stays on its course, they will continue to see applicants turn down job offers, believing they can easily find ‘something better,’” said Bill Stoller, CEO of Express. “What once may have seemed like an enticing offer may now appear average, so employers should not be afraid to rethink their practices. It’s a job seeker’s market, and they have to adapt.”

The survey of 439 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in May 2018 to gauge respondents’ expectations for the third quarter of 2018.


If you would like to arrange for an interview with Greg Schulten, call (812) 401-5454.

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.4 billion in sales and employed a record 540,000 people in 2017. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.

About GSL Management Services
GLS Management Services is our professional services corporation with a network of certified professional search recruiters offering customized search services in the areas of Executive (C-Suite), Accounting, Engineering & Manufacturing, Healthcare and Information Technology.

The partnership of Express Employment & GLS Management offers our clients the professional and customizable solutions to our clients in a vast array of human resource, recruiting and staffing needs.