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Some job applicants not showing up for interviews as businesses need positions filled

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 6:24 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Businesses struggling to find workers are also facing the challenge of applicants not showing up for job interviews.

Ron Corbett, with the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Economic Alliance, said that his organization has heard of incidents where applicants fail to show up to interviews when a business is able to get people applying.

Corbett theorized that the state’s rules for unemployment might explain the no-shows. Iowa requires people receiving unemployment benefits to seek at least 2 jobs per week. Applicants must accept reasonable job offers, which is based on a comparison of the salary offered versus the average salary in the state. Corbett said people may be applying for jobs just to meet that requirement and don’t show up for the interview because they don’t really want that job.

“And people as they are out job-seeking sometimes they are looking for a job but they don’t always like the job that they are applying for sometimes they check the box for their two applications they do per week,” Corbett said.

Corbett said the best way the state and area can fix the workforce shortage is to focus on growing the population and keeping younger workers from moving away. He pointed to the recent 2020 census that showed Iowa growing but not as fast as most other states.

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