Belfast Telegraph

Many candidates get bad impression at interview

By Staff Reporter

Nearly two-thirds of job applicants have said they have been put off joining a new employer by a bad experience at interview.

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And nearly half of staff surveyed by recruitment firm Hays said a bad first impression had put them off an organisation.

Hays said employers needed to make a good first impression on interviewees, and present their companies in the best possible light.

The Hays What Workers Want 2018 report surveyed 766 professionals and employers in Northern Ireland.

Just under 60% said they had been put off a company at interview stage, with 43% finding fault with a lack of structure to the interview process or interviewers being poorly prepared.

Over one-third had said they had found out at interview that a role was substantially different to the position advertised.

And 63% also said they were put off by an unwelcoming office environment.

Hays NI managing director John Moore said: "Our findings show that many organisations are letting future talent slip through their fingers as applicants experience frustrations and delays throughout the process, or leave the role early in their employment."

Belfast Telegraph