One in ten graduates would sleep their way to the top

09-01-2007

One in ten graduates would sleep their way to the top
Some graduates would go to extraordinary lengths to obtain their dream job, a survey has revealed.

More than one in ten graduates claim that they would consider sleeping with the decision-maker to get their ideal job and ten per cent would wear provocative clothing if they thought it would help their cause, the survey by Pareto Law shows.

It seems that many graduates are also happy to stretch the truth when it comes to interviews, as 15 per cent said they would lie while being questioned and a massive 75 per cent admitted that they would embellish their personal skills and interests on their CV in order to make an impact.

Pareto Law managing director Jonathan Fitchew told Online Recruitment that the current job market was highly competitive and that the survey showed "just how far some people are prepared to go to get their dream role".

"The problem for employers is how to identify fact from fiction if all they use is a CV, a quick meeting and their gut feel," he continued.

"The good news is that there are some proven assessment and interview techniques that can be used to reveal the real character and skills of an individual, helping employers recruit the best person for each role."

The survey, which questioned nearly 300 graduates, also revealed that 61 per cent desired a pay rise in order to improve their working lives, while others cited main requirements such as a different boss and even a bar at work.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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