WSJ: 60% of HR managers say cards and balloons after an interview are all overboard

Posted by Kathleen Smith

Wall Street Journal (WSJ) shares inteviewing tips and how to *wow* recruiters

WSJ’s Diana Middleton reports today:

With so much competition for every job listing out there — there are more than 6.1 job seekers for every job opening, according to the latest job-opening and turnover data from the U.S. Department of Labor — wowing a recruiter during a job interview is even more crucial. According to a new survey of nearly 500 human-resources professionals released by the Society for Human Resource Management, there are plenty of ways to derail a job interview — and some of them may surprise you.

This article, entiled “Avoid These Interview Killers,” is full of interesting survey finds. Some of the survey findings include:

  • 67% of hiring managers say dressing provocatively is a major deal breaker —even more significant than having a typo in your application materials (58% found this to be an interview killer)
  • 39% of hiring managers surveyed said applicants shouldn’t bring up salary at all—unless the interviewer brings it up first
  • Although social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are rife with clues about job candidates’ private lives, 75% of HR managers surveyed don’t bother to check them

There are some great anecdotal stories in this article and it’s definitely worth a read if you are actively in the job market and gearing up to interview with recruiters and hiring managers in the near future.


This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 4:38 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of updates to this conversation