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The survey found 45pc of had been deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of an organisation. Picture posed

The survey found 45pc of had been deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of an organisation. Picture posed

The survey found 45pc of had been deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of an organisation. Picture posed

Almost half of all workers have at some stage left a job during their first year there, because the role wasn't what they'd expected, new research has found.

Almost half (47pc) of those who had left a job within 12 months of starting cited a lack of promised on-the-job coaching or training, 40pc said the actual job advertisement was misleading and 28pc said that they did not mesh with the organisation's culture.

Specialist recruitment firm Hays Ireland's 'What Workers Want Report 2018', which surveyed 1,800 employers and employees, found that a poor application process and interviewing experience harms employee attraction and retention. Hays Ireland managing director Simon Winfield said the findings show employers need to be more critical of their own hiring and integration processes.

"As Ireland nears full employment, the market is very much a candidate-driven one," said Mr Winfield.

He said candidates who may now be juggling multiple applications can be easily deterred.

"First impressions, trivial as they may seem, matter a great deal, and can be the difference between a candidate favouring one employer over another."

The survey found 45pc of had been deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of an organisation - including an internal working environment that appeared unwelcoming, and a receptionist or staff who were unwelcoming.

Interview techniques were also seen as wanting.

Overall, 82pc of applicants reported a negative experience during the interview stage - including lack of interviewer preparedness (39pc), overlong and cumbersome interview processes (34pc), and poor communication (33pc).

Candidates on the other hand found meeting prospective colleagues, including direct managers, important - but only a small number of employers facilitate this.

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