Arrogance is the biggest turnoff for recruiters when interviewing candidates

Candidates on the hunt for new jobs are being warned by recruiters not to cross the line from confidence to arrogance in their interviews.

A survey of recruiters and employers in the UK, conducted by cloud-based online meeting platform, LyteSpark, finds that over two thirds (67 per cent) find arrogance the biggest turn off when interviewing, while almost six in ten (58 per cent) are most impressed by a candidate’s ability to interact naturally.

The bespoke data reveals that preparation (50 per cent) and eloquence (42 per cent) are the other qualities that impressed recruiters and employers the most.

The survey also finds that there is still some reluctance to adopt video interviews: 41 per cent of recruiters and employers do not conduct any interviews online, of which 28per cent say they had never considered it. Other reasons for not using video interviews include the hassle of setting up the software and the fact that recruiters still feel awkward talking to potential candidates online.

With the survey identifying that recruiters spend, on average, £200 per month on travel for meetings, almost a quarter of recruiters (23 per cent) believe that up to four in ten interviews could be moved online.

Alex Hunte, co-founder of online meeting platform, LyteSpark says, ‘Arrogance is clearly an unbecoming quality when interviewing for a new job.

‘It is, of course, important to show confidence and charisma, but there is a very fine line and once you cross it, your chances of progressing are clearly going to be hampered.’

The fact that recruiters admit that a significant proportion of their interviews and meetings can move online is a sign that online meetings can undoubtedly play a vital role in attracting the best talent to the right places, and in saving time and costs, Hunte adds.

‘Forget the days of video conferencing as an unreliable chore: simple platforms with high levels of functionality mean online meetings have the potential to be more efficient than meetings in person.’

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Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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