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As UK job vacancies soar to record levels, survey reveals what’s stopping job seekers from accepting roles

The latest survey from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library (@CVLibrary), reveals that poor interviewer behaviour is stopping job seekers from accepting new roles. With the UK experiencing its highest ever number of job postings and staff shortages, these findings offer guidance to businesses by delving into the types of behaviour that are most off-putting for job seekers. 

The study, which surveyed more than 1,500 UK professionals, show that the following behaviours are the most likely to prevent candidates from accepting a new role:  

  1. Arrogant or unfriendly interviewer (76.8%) 

  1. The interviewer hasn’t looked thoroughly at your application/doesn’t know much about you (49.5%) 

  1. The interviewer is distracted and doesn’t pay full attention during the interview (45.7%) 

  1. Too many interview stages (30.9%) 

  1. Lengthy assessment tasks (23.2%)  

The survey also went on to reveal that 4 in 10 (39.9%) applicants would be discouraged from applying for a job with a lengthy interview process. In fact, a whopping 53% of candidates feel the interview process should last no longer than 1 to 2 weeks.  

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library. comments:

“With 1.2m positions currently on offer to UK job seekers, the candidate experience is more important than ever before. It’s vital that hiring professionals heed the results of this survey and make any necessary changes to their recruitment strategy, now. If not, they simply won’t fill job vacancies and will drive top talent to key competitors.” 

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