Employers must impress at interview to land top candidates

Failing
to impress candidates at an interview is costing organisations two out of three
applicants, new research has found.

A
poll of more than 4,000 job hunters illustrated the importance of impressing
potential recruits at an interview.

It
seems that employers must try just as hard as the candidate to come across in
the right way, with 85 per cent of respondents pointing to the importance of
first impressions at the interview stage.

Many
firms are already getting it right, with 68 per cent of people accepting jobs
based on the good impression of an employer gleaned at interview.

Some
respondents even claimed to have taken a lower salary because they were so
impressed by an interview.

The
poll by recruitment firm Reed found the most common bone of contention was
being left hanging around in reception areas without an explanation.

By Ross Wigham

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