A recent survey carried out by Careerbuilder.co.uk found some very interesting findings when they questionned 100 UK businesses…
In a market which is so competitive employers are not only observing verbal communication of potential employees but behaviours and actions. Some of these will actually be considered when making a hiring decision.
Of the employers questioned, 83% said that lack of eye contact was an interview turnoff. This was followed by a weak handshake at 54%.
A real dislike from employers came when candidates crossed their arms over their chest. This was 41% of the employers thoughts followed by fidgeting with an object on a table which came in at 40%. Fidgeting with hair was 36%.
Additional feedback from employers which they considered a turnoff was bad posture, use of hand gestures and an overly strong handshake.
On a positive note if a potential employer had to compare candidates with similar skill-sets required for the role, then 34% said that they would chose the candidate with a sense of humour. This was considered a big factor. If you are well presented, then 28% of employer would offer you the job.
One final point to be aware of is dressing “too casual”. This is deemed a common complaint and tailoring yourself to the business you are interviewing for is a must.
The final research is summed up by Tony Roy – President of Career Builder EMEA “Employers are evaluating the whole package during job interviews and the non-verbal cues job candidates give can be very influential on the hiring decision”
If it has been some time since you have interviewed in the market or are considering another career avenue then perhaps ask trusted friends and family about your appearance and maybe run through some questions to gauge an opinion as to how you come across? Some honest and constructive feedback may help you get that job!
I couldn’t resist writing about the Government’s proposed changes to update workplace regulations – additional “flexibility”!. You may have sensed, this is quite close to my heart.
Firstly, I must highlight the groans which I can already hear quite loudly from “some” employers, not all may I add. And yes, I agree small businesses will feel the pinch, however in the grand scheme of the things I feel that additional flexibility sprinkled across our society is what we so need to bring us into the modern world we all want to be part of. Some concerns have already been echoed by The Federation of Small Businesses “warning of the rule changes which may complicate current rules and may be a burden to businesses wishing to expand in a tough economic climate”.
Now before we get too excited, the Government will begin consulting on “plans” to give both parents an extra month off during the first year of baby’s life. The proposed date for introducing this is 2015. They may not actually even happen?
If they do go ahead, the way in which I interpret this is that the new flexible working plans will not only support parents with young families but anyone with “caring” responsibilities outside of their job. This would be a huge benefit to many people and their families in this country if it does become policy.
Looking at this from an employer’s perspective, it needn’t be considered a complete disadvantage for them. An example of my own experience when returning to work from maternity leave very early, as this was mainly for reasons of not wanting to impact my own career aspirations, but actually support a small business during an economic downturn. At the time, this policy would have worked a treat! I was very aware that I needed to return to work and at that time I could have concentrated on a few essential inputs to support the business and then move back out of my role to continue with my maternity leave. Perhaps this is what some businesses would actually benefit from without panicking that the world will crumble if a key employee’s skills/knowledge is absent for a period of time? I appreciate not always ideal for some businesses.
I really do think life has moved forward in our society. So many women return to work after their maternity leave nowadays and fathers do play a part in caring for children and domestic duties more than they ever did. I think the additional flexibility for dad’s is positive, however, I believe this will be harder to implement as it may simply result in some damaging their career’s. This has been highlighted from many business experts and also men’s “ego’s” may get in the way! I am not sure all men (especially if the main breadwinner) are going to take advantage of this. Again, really will depend on the father’s career, company and I think the individual. A good benefit to have though..
The first year of a babies life changes almost daily and it is a time to be enjoyed and is very precious. I guess the reason I am in full support for more flexibility is that it can be achieved, sensibly and may in fact assist some families to keep their career responsibilities on track as it certainly doesn’t need to be a “knee jerk” reaction going back to work. This new policy may just help some, not all, however it’s a good step towards supporting their family in what is quite a hectic and pressurised world we live in today…..