Job candidates need to feel plugged in to the hiring process and want the interview process to be "meaningful and considerate," not opaque and disconnected.

That advice comes from ManpowerGroup Solutions, where folks know a thing or two about job candidates. The firm surveyed a couple hundred people looking for work to see how things were going in the super-charged talent acquisition market.

What came back was that more than a third of respondents "want organizations to initiate more frequent conversations in all phases of the hiring process. This includes status updates at key stages, such as completion of background checks, and even feedback on why the candidate didn't get the position, if that is the outcome."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.