Staff in the IT industry are some of the worst-performing in the country when it comes to job interviews.
New research shows that tech staff make a flurry of embarrassing basic mistakes during the recruitment process, despite having more interviews than those in other industries.
Ranstad Technologies said nearly half (48 per cent) of IT professionals admitted that their "mind went blank" during an interview at least once – compared with a national average of 41 per cent – and a quarter (26 per cent) confessed to not preparing adequately, compared with a UK average of 21 per cent.
On top of that, 12 per cent of tech professionals admitted to turning up to a job interview "inadequately dressed", compared with a national average of just five per cent, and 18 per cent of tech workers turned up to an interview late, double the national average of nine per cent.
The IT industry has the longest interview process in the country, Ranstad said. Sixty per cent of IT and tech staff it surveyed said they had more than one interview before being offered their current job – a figure which topped that of doctors and nurses (54 per cent) and those working in social care (50 per cent).
Ranstad's managing director Mike Beresford said the complex nature of the IT industry is reflected in the recruitment process.
"The most successful tech workers are masters of a broad range of skills, meaning they often have to jump through more hoops in the interview process before getting a job offer," he said.
"As technology evolves, so does the range of expertise needed to match – from cybersecurity to big data analytics to app development. The technology sector encompasses so much more than in the past and taking advantage of the opportunities it opens is becoming increasingly crucial to a company's success, meaning experienced IT professionals are highly sought after."
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