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One in three UK professionals approached for the wrong job, says LinkedIn

Global survey of 32,000 professionals reveals recruiters risk damaging employer brand by not researching candidates.

UK professionals are more than twice as likely to get approached about ill-suited jobs than their international counterparts, according to a new study released today by LinkedIn.

Recruiters risk turning off prospective candidates by not doing enough research, with more than a third (36 per cent) of UK professionals claiming that they have been put off by being contacted about unsuitable jobs, compared to a global average of 15 per cent.

LinkedIn’s 2016 Talent Trends report reveals that, although fewer UK professionals are looking for a new role compared to their European neighbours, over four-fifths of UK professionals (86 per cent) are interested in hearing about new job opportunities.

Dan Dackombe, EMEA Director, LinkedIn Talent Solutions, said: “The UK recruitment industry is one of the most advanced in the world, but recruiters risk shooting themselves in the foot by not making use of the information that’s out there. Social media has made it possible for recruiters to identify potential candidates who may not be actively looking for a new role, but the rules of engagement are different. Gaining a better understanding of what makes your candidate tick will help you build the relationship, and help you attract the best talent into your organisation.”

The global annual report, which surveyed more than 32,000 professionals to understand how candidates want to be recruited, also found common stumbling blocks that could put candidates off:

  • 44 per cent of Brits cited a lack of information about what it’s really like to work at a company as a turn-off
  • One in three (33 per cent) said that a lack of understanding about what will be expected of them in a new role would put them off

The data also shows what information candidates are most interested in hearing about:

  • Seventy two per cent cited information about culture and values as important
  • More than half (56 per cent) want to see perspectives of existing employees
  • Almost the same amount (54 per cent) rate the company’s mission and vision as a deciding factor