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Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Employers Beware: Interviewing is a Two-way street

In a sign of the reversal of power roles in the job market, a new survey from shows that job seekers change their opinion of a prospective employer based on how good an impression the interviewer makes during the job interview.

According to a new survey from of job seekers and their interview experiences, 90% of 20-somethings surveyed said that their overall image of the organization changed as a result of a recent interview experience. Of those who had a good interview experience, 54% said their impression of the company, its products or services improved. Of those rating the interview as less than good, 22% said it worsened.

"If you want to attract and retain good employees, the people interviewing your candidates have to be prepared and engaged in job interviews," says Bill Beairsto, chief executive of, an Internet tool that helps job seekers manage their on-line job search. "Bad interviewers can turn off not just the person they interview, but everyone they know. Our survey shows that more than 70% of job seekers would recommend a company to their friends as a result of their interview experience."

Job seekers were asked about their interview experiences in the past two years. The results include: Companies also need to be wary of loyalty among their younger employees. 59% of respondents said they weren't currently looking for a job but were keeping their eyes open and would apply if the right job came along.


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