According to a recent study, the top three reasons for not selecting a job applicant for an interview are:
- a lack of job-related skills;
- a lack of technical skills and experience
- spelling/grammatical errors
Furthermore, the survey revealed, when it comes to the job interview, the biggest mistakes made by candidates are: failing to research the company, not asking smart questions, and talking too much.
Rob Pollitt, Branch Manager at Performance Staffing Solutions, said: “Delivering what a recruiter is looking for at both the resume submission and interview stage is crucial to securing that great new job. The good news for job seekers is that the main weaknesses highlighted by hiring managers are easily rectified, so it’s important those currently job hunting, or looking to do so in the near future, take note of these insights and use them to improve their chance of landing the job they really want.”
“The most common missing ingredient reported by hiring managers at the application stage was job-related skills. This can be partially attributed to candidates misusing online job boards – applying with little strategic intent or alignment – and that approach is simply not working. The proliferation of online job boards featuring millions of open jobs seems to have lured candidates into applying for positions for which they are not really qualified. This may seem harmless, but it does more to frustrate hiring managers than impress them. Applicants should instead be focusing on those jobs where they meet most of the requirements or they’ll forever be knocking at a closed door.”
Meanwhile, where candidates do actually have the right skills for the job, badly constructed resumes seem to be at play. Our research shows many job hunters fall victim to focusing on recording general tasks they have completed in their career to date, but not using such experience to illustrate achievements and results.
At the interview stage, hiring managers say they continue to see far too many candidates underprepared and as a result display surprising – and avoidable – gaps in their interviewing skills.
Pollitt adds, “A job interview is a watershed moment in the life of any job seeker. Nail the interview, and a door will be open to their next career big break. Bomb and job seekers could find themselves constantly on the outside of opportunity, looking in and wondering what went wrong.”
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