Personality flaws that could cost you your dream job

While your skills and experience are key areas companies look at when hiring, a new survey from independent jobs board CV-Library and CV-writing firm TopCV reveals that 92.7% of employers in the finance industry believe personality is the most important factor when considering someone for a job; more so than your skillset (87.8%) or experience (78%).

The survey quizzed nearly 200 employers on what they look for in a candidate. When it comes to personality the top 10 turn-offs are:

  1. Unreliability (72.5%)
  2. Arrogance (70%)
  3. Dishonesty (67.5%)
  4. Being a ‘know-it-all’ (42.5%)
  5. Having a closed mind (35%)
  6. Ignorance (30%)
  7. Immoral behaviour (25%)
  8. Entitlement (17.5%)
  9. Cruelty (17.5%)
  10. Being annoying (15%)

Lee Biggins, the founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “In the current market, where skills shortages are making it harder for companies to find the right finance professionals, employers are increasingly opting to recruit on potential rather than experience. So if you’re looking for a new job right now you’re in a good position; as long as you impress with the right personality traits.

“Our research shows that there are a few key areas that could jeopardise your chances of securing a job. From being unreliable when it comes to your interviews, to being too arrogant when talking about yourself; these are traits that we as humans seek to avoid. So, make sure you portray the best version of yourself when meeting with potential employers.”

Interestingly, when asked to choose between experience, education and potential, employers in the finance industry believe potential (73.2%) is more important than experience (22%); while only 4.9% say education is the most important factor.

What’s more, when asked about the traits that impress them the most when hiring, employers in the finance industry cite being reliable (61%), honest (58.5%), confident (56.1%), having integrity (51.25), perseverance (41.5%), authentic (36.6%), friendly (29.3%), loyal (26.8%) and polite as their top choices.

Amanda Augustine, careers expert at TopCV, added: “Our new survey reveals that more intangible qualities, such as personality, are determining which candidates rise to the top.

“Today’s hiring managers are tasked with assessing whether a candidate will fit in with the company culture, and this determination is primarily based on how the candidate behaves during an interview. The fine line between ‘confidence’ and ‘arrogance’ when making that first impression is everything.”

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