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Final Hiring Decisions Based on “Chemistry” Say HR Managers
Hiring managers size up candidates in 5-15 minutes of meeting
Alexandria, Va. –A
new SHRM poll,
“Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts for Job Seekers,” shows that a majority of HR professionals — 54 percent — make their final decision to hire based on chemistry.
A closer look shows that 15 percent of HR professionals polled say
“chemistry” is 75 percent of the final hire decision while 39 percent of those polled report chemistry is 50 percent of the final decision.
Highlighting the importance of chemistry, 30 percent of HR professionals say the “not-to-hire decision” is made within 15 minutes of meeting the job candidate. Another 28 percent make the decision to not hire someone within five minutes of meeting.
o Typos or grammatical errors in cover letters and resumes – (58 percent say
“deal breaker” and 41 percent say
“somewhat of a problem”);
o Arriving late for the interview – (58 percent say
“deal breaker” and 39 percent say
“somewhat of a problem”); and
o Dressing too provocatively – (67 percent say
“deal breaker” and 28 percent say
“somewhat of a problem”).
Social Networking Don’ts
About the Poll,
“Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts for Job Seekers”
The SHRM poll highlighting interview strategies for job seekers surveyed 498 randomly selected SHRM members who are recruiting professionals.
Nearly 50 percent of the respondents work in
large companies (500 or more employees), while 28 percent work in
medium-size companies (100 to 499 employees), and 19 percent work in
small companies (fewer than 100 employees).
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