NINETY per cent of jobseekers in their 20s have said their overall impression of an organisation has changed as a result of their interview experience. According to the survey of 305 young adults, more than 70 per cent claimed they would recommend a company to their friends as a result of their interview experience. The main things experienced by candidates during interviews were:
Professional interviewers 80%
Excellent questions 67%
Resume unread by interviewer prior to interview 20%
Furthermore, 12 per cent said the interviewer was distracted (answering the phone, leaving the room, and so on), while 10 per cent reported being asked inappropriate questions or hearing inappropriate comments.
Expatriates – the desirable candidates
A MASSIVE 91 per cent of international recruiters have said that executives with international experience are either extremely or somewhat desirable candidates. The survey of more than 140 international recruiters revealed the ideal length for expatriate assignments to be two and a half years. According to more than half (51 per cent) of recruiters, the most common reason for expatriate assignments to fail, is due to lack of cultural fit. This was followed by family or personal issues (23 per cent) and not enough direction or goal setting (12 per cent).
Employers to watch out for fake CVs
TWENTY per cent of CVs submitted for job applications contain lies regarding things such as not declaring directorships and disclosing inaccurate academic qualifications. A new study of more than 3,700 CVs submitted by job applicants in 2006 discovered that over 50 per cent of the CVs contained one or more inaccuracies. Discrepancies in employment, academic dates, bankruptcy and other credit infringements are more of the less than simple mistakes that have been revealed over the past year.
Source: The Risk Advisory Group
Rise in Aussie workplace racism
THIRTY-FOUR per cent of Australians have said there are racist undertones in workplaces. The survey of 1,960 Australian workers found Muslims, people of Middle-Eastern appearance, Asians, and Indigenous Australians bare the brunt of this trend. Up to 16 per cent of respondents claimed they witness regular incidents of racism at work. The ACT showed the least amount of racial workplace experiences (7 per cent). Alarmingly, figures have increased from last year as respondents then showed that only 9 per cent of Australians had experienced racial disharmony in their workplace.
UK youngsters see money in industry
A MASSIVE 79 per cent of 16-24 year old people in the UK believe that British industry is doing better than 30 years ago. According to the survey of 1000 people, the younger generation has a more positive attitude toward the opportunities that industry provides. Overall, the top word associations for ‘industry’ were:
Results showed that the older the respondent the less money tended to be associated with industry. In addition, among 16-24 year olds, 67 per cent said they think the quality of jobs in industry is very good, compared to a total of 42 per cent. Only 25 per cent rated them as poor quality.
Source: AMEC, The Sunday Times and The Work Foundation
Aussies want power naps
SIXTY-THREE per cent of Australian bosses have said they would allow staff to take a 20 minute power-nap during work hours if it made staff more productive and alert. The survey of 1,960 people found that 50 per cent of Australian employees believed taking nap at work would increase their productivity. However, female bosses proved more lenient on this with 72 per cent saying they would allow the midday siesta compared to 67 per cent of male bosses.