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Jobseekers could lose dream job due to untidy rooms

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Almost a third (28%) of interviewers have admitted to not hiring someone based on what they see in the background of the candidate’s video call.

The majority (58%) also said that a messy backdrop would deter them from hiring an otherwise perfect candidate.

A new study by BT has highlighted modern day job interview faux pas and found the COVID-19 pandemic has made a lasting impact on the recruitment process.


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Due to the pandemic, job seekers have had, on average, three virtual interviews during lockdown, with most interviews now conducted via video (56%).  

However, remote interviews are reportedly likely to remain the new normal, as 42% of interviewers said they want to continue this way after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Hannah Cornick, head of digital impact, consumer, at BT 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.”

Cornick said 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.

BT has established BT Skills for Tomorrow, a collection of free resources and advice support that aims to help UK job seekers prepare for digital recruitment.

“This is the time to show the interviewer your strengths and how you stand out from the crowd, without any distractions from your surroundings,” said Cornick.