IT employers ‘need to improve interviewing skills’


IT employers ‘need to improve interviewing skills’

Rebecca Thomson

Employers with bad interviewing skills must improve if they are to compete for talent in a competitive job market, a recruitment firm has said.

Gary Ashworth, chairman of Interquest, said a major issue for IT job candidates was the interviewing skills of potential employers, which often put them off.

"I wish line managers would spend more time skilling themselves in the interview procedure," he said. "Companies that are being more sophisticated about the recruitment process are having a better time."

Despite fears of a downturn, the IT job market is still buoyant and many companies have a shortage of skilled IT workers.

Ashworth said that although interviewing may appear to be a simple skill to master, managers who took some time to do it properly would help companies cope better with the pressures of the IT skills shortage.

"It is quite clear to some candidates that some companies don't really have any interviewing skills, and haven't received any training in simply asking people questions," he said.

"We're not manufacturers in the UK any more, and since human capital is such a big expense for companies, it's worth being more sophisticated in the way we are hiring people."

Poor management of staff wasn't confined to the recruitment process, said Ashworth, with some companies needing better appraisal processes.

"Many people I speak to left a job because they felt they weren't progressing enough. Companies need better reviews of how people are getting on."

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