It's really helpful that we have all these survey results to count on otherwise we'd have no idea what the heck is going on.
Here's the scoop from CGMA Mag:
Job candidates appear to have brushed up on their résumé skills, but they’re still struggling to come off as polished in a job interview.
That’s one takeaway from a new survey by Accountemps, which asked US CFOs to list the part of the job application process where candidates made the most mistakes.
Forty-three per cent of respondents believe those seeking employment make the most mistakes during the interview, up from 32% in 2010, the last time Accountemps asked that question. The next most common trouble area is the résumé (or CV), which got 19% of the vote recently but 28% in 2010.
The other trouble spots from the recent survey, in order: interview follow-up, 11%; cover letter, 10%; phone interview/screen, 7%; reference check, 5%; don’t know, 5%. Another area of improvement from the previous survey is the reference check, which was picked by 10% of CFOs as a trouble spot in 2010.
The question is a bit loaded as it "asked US CFOs to list the part of the job application process where candidates made the most mistakes," so anyone with a perfect résumé, great references and mad interview skills doesn't apply. But, if you stink at getting hired, the interview is the most likely place you'll screw up, per this.