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When Hiring Managers Have Unrealistic Expectations

Magazine article HRMagazine

When Hiring Managers Have Unrealistic Expectations

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"Progressive employer seeks Harvard-trained neuroscientist and beauty pageant winner. Must be fluent in Mandarin and skilled at tribal basket weaving. Minimum of 10 years of experience working for high-tech companies. Salary: mid-$30s."

That's a job description career coach Nancy Collamer humorously invented to illustrate what she calls "impossible job postings"-those that are incredibly demanding and offer little pay. These types of postings are more prevalent than ever, she says.

Many hiring managers have become irrational in their expectations when seeking a new hire.

So what's the best way for a recruiter to communicate to a hiring manager that the perfect candidate probably doesn't exist?

According to University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor Peter Cappelli, a recruiter may want to review the job posting to see if any current employees doing the same job could have met the ad's requirements when they were hired. …

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