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Poor job interviews hit graduates hard

Published: Friday, 05 October 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Over a third of job applicants leave interviews with a poor impression of their potential employer, a study has shown.

With an ever-growing number of graduates contributing to a boom in graduate recruitment, those leaving university are particularly likely to suffer from a bad interview experience.

The survey by Ipsos Mori, on behalf of T-Mobile, revealed that applicants, including graduates, judged a potential employer on their impressions of the working environment and the people who worked there.

"Interviewees are always under pressure to create a good first impression, but it seems that businesses need to feel a bit of that pressure as well," said Mark Martin, human resources director at T-Mobile UK.

Criticisms ranged from complaints over interviewer's lateness, through to more than one report of an employer conducting an interview while drunk.

Graduate recruitment is an increasingly large sector of the jobs market with this summer seeing a ten per cent growth in the number of graduate vacancies.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18306392-ADNFCR

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