What can be a deal breaker for landing a new job? What do employers expect from candidates? A new study from CareerBuilder answers these questions, providing insights for job candidates.
Be ready to speak with the top brass. Prepare for every job interview as if you'll be speaking with the CEO or other senior leader, because that may very well be the reality for some workers.
• 38 percent of employers reported that job candidates are required to interview with a C-level executive within their organization (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.).
Make sure your online persona is free of digital dirt. A significant number of employers will use the Internet to discover additional information about a job candidate.
• 48 percent of employers will use Google or other search engines to research candidates.
• 44 percent will research the candidate on Facebook.
• 27 percent will monitor the candidate's activity on Twitter.
• 23 percent will review the candidate's posts or comments on Yelp, Glassdoor or other rating sites.
Some of the search activity happens before candidates are even called for a job interview.
Know your audience. A lack of skills is the primary reason that many employers will dismiss a job candidate from consideration, but two other factors can knock you out of the running. Look for companies that are aligned with your work values.
• 23 percent of employers will dismiss a candidate who is not a good fit for their company culture.
• 18 percent will eliminate candidates whose salary expectations are too high.
Proper etiquette is required. Not only do you need to make a good impression during the interview, you need to reinforce it afterward.
• 58 percent of employers said it's important to send a thank you after an interview; 24 percent said it's very important.