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May 24, 2011 04:10 ET

Job Interview Nightmares for Employers Revealed

Not Dressing for the Occasion and Lateness are Among the Top No-No's for Employers When Interviewing for Jobs, According to Research From Leading Job Site, reed.co.uk.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - The survey of over 200 recruiters across the UK revealed some of the most off-putting actions interviewees can undertake to hinder their prospects when interviewing for jobs.

Amongst the interview clangers uncovered in the survey, was the story of the jobseeker who arrived at his interview ten minutes late 'wearing a Hawaiian shirt and trainers, having been instructed that the dress code was "smart". Halfway through the interview the interviewee's phone rang, completing a hat-trick of interview gaffes.

Other interview nightmares include candidates who haven't researched the jobs or the company or haven't even read their own application. In one interview, a jobseeker was unable to answer questions about his CV, revealing that he'd never read it 'because his sister had written it for him'.

Mark Rhodes, Head of Marketing for reed.co.uk, comments:

"In the current climate, employers need to ensure they are hiring the best candidates into their organisations."

"From dressing appropriately and turning up on time to researching the company and knowing about the career you are going after, if you don't pay attention to every detail at interview, you're giving yourself very little chance of success."

But it's not just dressing badly and being underprepared that can hamper interview success. Attitude is a big factor in any interview, regardless of if you are interviewing for jobs Devon or for jobs in London. Appearing overconfident, or even arrogant, can work against even the most accomplished of candidates. One senior manager recalls interviewing an older candidate who, when asked a question, responded: 'Come on, son, dig deep'.

Rhodes continues:

"Succeeding at interview is a balancing act. Whilst a professional, confident appearance is essential, it's equally as important to remain humble, inquisitive and appreciative of the opportunity you're being given. For those looking for some help, sources such as the BBC as well as the reed.co.uk site offer some great interview tips and hints."

Perhaps the ultimate interview nightmare is the one described by a recruiter from the South West, who told of the time an interview was interrupted, as the candidate had a visitor. Having argued with her partner beforehand, the interviewee's boyfriend decided that making up was more important than completing an interview. Needless to say, the candidate didn't progress any further.

About reed.co.uk:

reed.co.uk is the UK's leading online recruitment service. Owned by Reed Executive PLC, reed.co.uk enables jobseekers to search over 100,000 jobs from more than 8,000 recruiters across 42 industry sectors.

Registered jobseekers can receive email job alerts, save searches and make their details available to a range of recruiters, including Reed's network of trained recruitment consultants.

Recruiters of all types benefit from reed.co.uk's range of innovative online recruitment solutions, including: online job posting and applicant management; job posting with Guaranteed Response; CV Search; targeted branding and email services.

ABCe audited traffic figures for reed.co.uk (January 2011):
Unique Users/Browsers: 3,702,372
Page Impressions: 68,132,104
Online Job Applications: 2,229,410

For further information, please contact Mark Rhodes or Lynn Cahillane on 020 7067

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