What puts hirers off candidates at interview

Nearly three quarters of hiring professionals say that there are certain areas that would put them off a candidate at interview, including rudeness, lateness and earliness, according to a survey.

The survey of 800 recruitment professionals across in-house and agency positions by CV-Library found that the following activity would result in the candidate not getting the desired job:

1. Having an arrogant or rude personality  (84.9%)

2. Not preparing efficiently for the interview  (73%)

3. Dressing inappropriately, for example, too casually  (52.6%)

4. Turning up too early or too late  (29.6%)

5. Being excessively shy  (13.2%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, says:  “It goes without saying that coming across well in an interview is a must if you want to bag yourself that dream job. So if you’re looking to make your next career move this summer, make sure you’ve done all the right preparation, know how to get to the interview (and on time) have got a smart outfit prepared and are able to confidently talk about yourself and your experience (without sounding too full of yourself!).”

The survey also shows there is a lack of consensus around how appropriate it is to send a follow-up note after an interview, with 6.6% revealing that candidates that follow up too frequently are a major turn-off, while 2% dislike it when candidates do not send a follow-up.

Biggins adds:  “It’s always worth dropping a short note after an interview, and to make sure that you don’t sound too keen, try and ask for a rough timescale during the meeting so you have an idea of when you’ll hear back by. Remember, pestering your potential employer will not boost your chances of getting the job!”

The research comes amid reports that getting a new job may be the best way to secure a pay rise at a time when employers are keeping wage rises low. The Bank of England’s regional agents have found that pay rises are increasingly focused on new staff, not the total workforce.

More than half of companies said they were finding it increasingly difficult to retain and recruit key employees. As a result several had increased the pay offered to new recruits or to key existing personnel.


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