Businesses and candidates fall short at interview

Job candidates and employers are failing to prepare adequately for job interviews, research finds.

According to a study by recruitment website Monster, 28 per cent of the 240 employers surveyed confess they have gone to interviews unprepared.

Additionally, almost a third (30 per cent) say they have forgotten a candidate’s name, and almost one in five admit that they have forgotten an interview entirely.

Among the 3,400 job seekers surveyed, 26 per cent think that researching the person interviewing them was the least important homework, 25 per cent admit arriving late to a job interview, and nearly half (45 per cent) of candidate respondents don’t think that looking for interview advice online is an important preparation task.

Monster spokesperson Isabelle Ratinaud says, ‘It is apparent that both candidates and interviewers are not putting in the necessary groundwork to ensure a smooth, productive interview process.

‘Unless an interviewer takes the time to absorb the candidate’s CV, they will find it hard to establish whether they are right for the role.’

See also: Zoom tips and techniques when doing video job interviews – Moving your job interviews to Zoom? Here are some tips to help you get the best from the video calling platform and hire the right candidate.

Ben Lobel

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Ben Lobel was the editor of from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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