Job Seekers Also Report Surprising Employer Behavior
Comedians Tripp and Tyler Parody Best Practices
Unemployment may be low, but so, too, is the behavior of some job applicants. A new survey by Express Employment Professionals of business leaders reveals the shocking and bizarre behaviors witnessed during job interviews.
“On the way, without asking, he grabbed a donut, brought it into my office and proceeded to eat it during the interview.”
“A person wanted to show me they could do the splits and a back handspring.”
“A lady showed up wearing bunny slippers.”
Certainly, such behavior is the exception, not the rule. But there are plenty of unprofessional behaviors that interviewers witness regularly.
Express asked respondents, “Which of these behaviors have you witnessed from a job candidate during an interview?” Respondents were able to choose multiple answers.
Comedians Tripp and Tyler parody how to improve interviewing for jobs on behalf of Express, but these tips aren’t just applicable for job seekers. Shocking interview behavior is a two-way street. Express also surveyed job applicants, and they report some surprising behaviors from interviewers as well. Respondents were also able to choose multiple answers.
Express experts have witnessed many of these behaviors in their careers.
Express experts offer a few basic and simple rules for job applicants to present themselves professionally during a job interview, including: showing up early, dressing appropriately, doing some research on the employer and turning off your cell phone.
Also, a simple follow-up after an interview, whether an email or a call, can help a job applicant stand out and show an employer they really want the job. Further, preparing and tailoring answers for the specific job is important.
Job seekers need to be aware that the interview starts the minute you enter the building or call the office, so treat everyone professionally and with respect.
Job applicants—and interviewers—must remember that in an interview, everything will be scrutinized. Express provides Job Genius, a free video-based program for students, to help the future workforce with everything from interviewing etiquette to soft skills for career success.
“An interview is an opportunity to show your future employer your full potential,” said Bill Stoller, CEO of Express. “If you don’t show you care about the interview or respect the time and influence of the person who will hire you, no one will believe you’ll care about doing a good job. If you answer a phone call during an interview, you might as well tell the caller you didn’t get the job—because it’s a pretty safe bet you won’t. Interviewers need to be self-aware, too. In this tight labor market, the smallest thing could turn off a qualified candidate, and that’s not something you can afford.”
The survey of 310 business leaders and decision makers was conducted in June 2019 through the Express Refresh Leadership blog. The survey of 212 job seekers was conducted in June 2019 through the Express Job Journey blog.
The Durango Express office is located at 321 So Camino Del Rio and serves the Four Corners. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by, visit Expresspros.com or call (970) 403-8780.
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The talent shortage is affecting businesses across a variety of industries. As our world has moved firmly into the digital age, more and more businesses are looking to hire employees who have digital skills, including web design, digital marketing, social media and more. However, many businesses are finding that there just aren't enough job applicants who possess the required skills, resulting in a talent shortage.
It is not that recent graduates aren't getting quality educations, but rather that educational institutions have not yet incorporated the needs of today's job market into their curricula. The end result is that there are numerous jobs available in the digital areas of business, but those applying for the jobs don't have all of the skills required.
If you have children, of course you want them to have the best possible chance of success in their future careers. Particularly in the digital space, it is important not to rely solely on formal education to develop the skills needed to be successful in the modern business world. Until the world of education catches up with the rapid pace of growth in this area, students may need to take it upon themselves to learn these crucial skills.
Encourage your children to expand their knowledge outside of traditional outlets. The more experiences you can expose them to, the greater their chances of discovering where their passions lie. Take the time to sit down with each of your children individually to discuss their goals for the future. Then, you can advise them on which skills will be most desirable to employers.
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Talent shortages are not uncommon in the business world and most often occur after rapid advances in technology and techniques. The current workforce must act quickly to adjust to the latest trends, and those just entering the industry are in the best position to make the most of the latest developments. Because they won't be bogged down by the way things were done in the past, your children can focus on driving future development and growth.
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