Hiring Managers Reveal The Biggest Modern Day Job Interview Faux Pas

Job seekers have been forced to adapt over the past year, with most people interviewing for jobs virtually. But it seems a lot of folks aren’t realizing that they are making some huge mistakes during their virtual interviews that are likely costing the job they want.

A new UK poll, which could easily translate here, finds:

  • 56% of hiring manager say they now do the majority of their job interviews via video calls.
  • 42% believe such virtual interviews will continue even after COVID restrictions are lifted.
  • So, what are some of the biggest mistakes job seekers are making?
  • Some of the most common virtual interview faux pas include:
  • Unexpected guests, like animals, or partners, joining the call
  • Applicant stopping an interview to answer the door
  • Bad audio
  • 13% of interviewers say they’ve had a candidate stand up during the interview to reveal they were wearing sweat pants on their lower half.
  • 10% have stopped an interview because of an inappropriate video call background.
  • In fact, 28% of hiring managers say they’ve passed on someone because they were turned off by their video background.
  • And you may want to clean up before that interview, because 58% have passed on someone because of a messy room in the background.
  • Overall, 48% of hiring managers say they’d still hire an applicant if their backdrop was bad as lon as they were perfect for the job.
  • 67% of hiring managers don’t think candidates consider what is in their background when on a video call.
  • But that may not be totally true, with 30% of job applicants admitting they place an “object of interest” in view because it could be a talking point. 

Source:SWNS Digital

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