the nice to haves

The “Nice to Haves”

On many job postings, straight after an often impossibly long ‘Required Experience’ list, you’ll often see another list of ‘Nice to Haves’.

What I think the ‘Nice to Have’ list does is put off potential candidates who met the criteria in the ‘Required Experience’ list but don’t have the ‘Nice to Haves’.

I can imagine some qualified people reading it and thinking, “So that’s what they’re really looking for. OK, I’m out”.

Why would anyone want to put off qualified people from responding? Especially in a candidate short market.

It’s almost like some companies are trying to do the 1st round of selection interviewing in the actual job posting. Madness.

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