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Employers Often Misread Job Applicants

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It's not always easy finding a work environment that's the right fit, a new survey shows.

Out of 300 administrative professionals surveyed, 46 percent said they have misread a work environment in the past, according to OfficeTeam, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based staffing firm.

Similarly, out of 400 human resource managers polled, 59 percent said they have misjudged an applicant as being a good fit for the company, while 85 percent said they had lost an employee that simply wasn't suited to the firm's work environment, the survey found.

According to Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam, the interview is a prime opportunity for job seekers to assess the organization. "The interview is a two-way street," Domeyer said in a statement. "Employers are looking for clues to an applicant's work ethic and personality, and job seekers want to learn more about the company culture."

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Last updated: May 23, 2007




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