An untidy room could cost you your dream job, new research finds
13 April 2021
New research from BT Skills for Tomorrow found almost a third (28%) of interviewers admit to not hiring someone based on something they have seen in a candidate’s video backdrop, with a further 58% saying a messy room in the background could cost someone the job.
Modern day interview mistakes
BT’s poll of 500 recruitment decision-makers reveals modern day interview faux pas:
The research also polled 500 people who have taken part in a video interview over the last 12 months:
Video interviewing part of new normal
Hannah Cornick, Head of Digital Impact, Consumer said: “Video calls are going to remain part of the hiring process well into the future, and there is an opportunity for candidates to use this to their advantage.
“Being in control of your environment and in a familiar space can help reduce nerves and allow you to showcase your personality. While you can’t always plan for unexpected interruptions, there are things you can do when preparing for a video interview to ensure you come across professionally and set yourself up for success.
“This is the time to show the interviewer your strengths and how you stand out from the crowd, without any distractions from your surroundings.”