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Just because it is a candidate driven market, with people shopping around for their next role, doesn't mean we can let our personal standards slip!!

Here is a list (yes another list) of hirers top reasons for not offering the role.

Seems to us here at ATB that way too many are prejudices and not valid reasons.

​A handful of the reasons are easy to rectify but most, to be honest, shocked and appalled us.

There are even prejudices within the prejudices with more hirers being put off by a female applying for a male dominated role than by males applying for female dominated roles!

Top factors that would put a hiring manager off placing a candidate

  • ​Poor personal hygiene – 39%
  • Cocky attitude – 36%
  • Has big gaps in their CV – 23%
  • Dressed too casually in the interview – 20%
  • Pregnancy – 18%
  • Too young – 18%
  • Not very confident -17%
  • Extremely timid -17%
  • Old/nearing retirement -16%
  • Married female likely to go on maternity leave soon -11%
  • Hard to understand accent -11%
  • Female applying for a male-dominated role – 10%
  • Attended state school -10%
  • Male applying for a female-dominated role - 9%
  • Attended private school – 8%
  • Holds a degree in a non-traditional subject – 8%
  • Overweight/obese - 7%
  • Didn’t attend a ‘red brick’ university – 5%
  • Has a name that is hard to pronounce – 4%
  • Of ethnic origin – 4%
  • Underweight – 2%
  • Physically attractive – 1%

Here at ATB we only work with equal opportunity employers, most of our clients can easily demonstrate their diversity, the others will prove it as they grow.

OK we should all scrub up and dress as best we can for an interview, finances permitting. We are probably aware that being too cocky, or too timid, is likely to put off the hirer and we can work on our presentation. We all know that gaps in the CV are viewed with suspicion, there is no reason not to put explanations for any gaps in your CV.

But, to be honest, if you think you have been overlooked for any of the other reasons on this list, maybe you should put it down to experience and be thankful that you didn't get hired by an employer with those attitudes, or who employs people with those attitudes.

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It's important when hiring to complete your team, replace a leaver or fill a temporary gap that you get the right person.

How do we do this? 

We meet with you, or, if that's not possible, ask the right questions,  to understand your business needs and to get a full understanding of the skills, capabilities and personal attributes that you are looking for. We meet/interview our candidates to understand their career aspirations and goals.

Put the two together and you get the right person, one who will thrive in your environment and add real value to your business. We won't send you CV's of unsuitable candidates for the sake of it! We will only send CV's of candidates that have given us their express permission to do so in relation to your role. 

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That's why at Across-the-Board we like to meet with our candidates so that we can get to know you and understand exactly what it is you are looking for. Of course if meeting isn't possible we will get to know you on a call.

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Whether you are a job hunter searching job sites for your dream role or a company looking for a reliable recruitment agency to find you the ideal candidate to complete your team, we are here to help.

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