27 June 2017
Interview bugbears revealed by recruiters

Latest research from the UK’s giant job board, CV-Library has found that nearly three quarters (74.5%) of recruiters say that there are certain areas that would put them off a candidate, which crop up during the interview process.

The research, which surveyed over 800 recruitment professionals across in-house and agency positions, discovered that certain interview behaviour is a deal breaker for them and would lead to them not being successful.

As recruiters ourselves, we endeavour to prepare our candidates for the interview ahead. However, nerves can get the better of people during the minefield that is that interview leading people to flounder and make mistakes that can cost them the job.

Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library Lee Biggins commented:

“It goes without saying that coming across well in an interview is a must and it’s no wonder that recruiters are growing tired of candidates that are unprepared, dress inappropriately and don’t come across well in person.”

Below are the 5 worst interview bugbears, revealed by UK recruiters:

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%)

It seems that candidates are unaware of how to follow up correctly as according to the new research 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.

Lee Biggins continues:

“No-one wants to be pestered, but to prevent this from happening, try to give your candidates a clear timeline of when they should expect to hear back from you!”


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