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Employers reveal off-putting interview habits

Filed under: Recruitment General — Stephanie on April 16, 2013

A recent survey that took in the opinions of 1,700 employers highlighted some of the more off-putting characteristics demonstrated by interview prospects, new recruits and job applicants. Topping the list of grievances was the use of abbreviated words in job applications, along with informal communication in general. Some candidates opted to use text slang with kisses at the end of the correspondence. If you are currently seeking information security vacancies, business continuity jobs or any other positions, don’t just mind your Ps and Qs – applicants are also advised to avoid their lols and btws.

More than 80% of employers surveyed felt that it was unacceptable to use any abbreviations at all in correspondence. Around a fifth find it off-putting to see job applicants ending communication with kisses and 18% found ‘lol’ inappropriate within a job application.

The director and co-founder of the firm conducting the survey said:

“Job applicants have a tough enough time gaining interviews and winning new roles. We hope that this snapshot of employers’ pet hates will help people to be more aware of how they present themselves online, on application forms and in person, so that they make the best impression with potential employers.”

Almost 75% of employers admitted to regularly checking social media profiles and pages of potential employers. More than a third verify any credentials through LinkedIn, while 31% check Facebook profiles. A mere 27% fail to check LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other such sites for details on prospective candidates.

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