Can-do attitude beats experience in securing jobs - survey

New study shows employers looking for more than just theoretical know-how

More than half of all Irish employers saying they like to throw curve balls during interviews by asking impossible to answer questions

More than half of all Irish employers saying they like to throw curve balls during interviews by asking impossible to answer questions

 

Attitude is increasingly more important than experience when it comes to landing a job, according to a new survey from listed recruitment firm CPL Resources.

The study, which reports a 15th consecutive quarter of growth in jobs postings relating to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)-sector positions, shows that with a skills shortage emerging, technology firms are increasingly opting for candidates with a can-do-attitude.

The survey reveals that 96 per cent of the nearly 500 employers who responded to the CPL Employment Market Monitor said they believe that employees with a great attitude can be taught the skills they need.

A similar percentage of employers said that having a degree or similar is no longer enough for graduates entering the workforce with practical experience now seen as essential as theoretical know-how.

“The days of classroom based learning are nearly gone. Companies want graduates who have practical knowledge of their chosen field. Universities are increasingly including placements and internships in their courses as a result,” said CPL director Peter Cosgrave.

CPL’s survey shows that 60 per cent of employers are willing to turn a blind eye to lies or embellishments on CVs providing a candidate performs well at interview. However, candidates should be prepared to deal with the unexpected with more than half of all Irish employers saying they like to throw curve balls during interviews by asking impossible to answer questions to assess individual’s reaction to challenges.

Lastly, the study indicates that 50 per cent of companies are now banning social media in the workplace due to a decline in productivity.