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UK — Appearance is crucial to Britain's job seekers

27 May 2010

New research by specialist recruitment group Hays Plc among 1,068 professionals shows that Britain's jobseekers are just as conscious about appearance when going for a job interview as ever.

Almost a third of men and women spend between 1-2 hours getting ready for a job interview. Astonishingly, when asked how long jobseekers took getting dressed for an interview compared to a night out, sensible Brits opted for the interview, whopping 88% said that they spend more time looking the part for an interview. Over a third of respondents said they spend more time on appearance due to the added competition for jobs in the downturn.

Not only is looking good a priority. 60% of respondents feel it can actually tip the balance between two closely matched candidates. A huge 96% also felt that appearance indicated their commitment and attitude towards the role and 84% even gave consideration to the colours they wore at interviews.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays, commented "the added competition for jobs means that candidates need to pull out all the stops to secure a new position. Whilst appearance isn't the deciding factor, it can help to put a decision in your favour because it shows a certain level of professionalism and commitment to the role. In times like these jobseekers should be doing everything they can to put themselves at an advantage."



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