“Getting a new job is so hard, you’ll need professional help!” says recruitment company

First impressions really DO count: Employers make decisions about job applicants in under seven minutes

Next time you’re at a job interview, make sure your first six minutes and 25 seconds count.

According to new research, that’s exactly the amount of time you have to make a good first impression and clinch your dream job.

And it appears those early thoughts are significant because interviewers take just 385 seconds to decide if the candidate is right for the role.

The study shows how first impressions can completely ruin a candidate’s chance of being offered a job.

Source: Daily Mail, 19th June 2014


In such a notoriously difficult job market as the one the UK is currently experiencing, it must be dispiriting to those looking to find a new job to hear that you can blow an interview barely six minutes in, and never even realise it. If only there were companies out there trying to help you find work – companies like the one who funded this PR ‘research’:

The research, carried out by Monster.co.uk, talked to 273 managers and 3,286 employees about their interview experiences.

Bless you, Monster, for scaremongering people all the way into gainful employment.

“People have annoying online habits!” says search engine looking to change search habits

“People have annoying online habits!” says search engine looking to change search habits

People can be annoying online, can’t they? With their annoying habits, like posting boring Facebook statuses, putting nonsense press releases into the science section of your national newspapers… and refusing to use your search engine:

Brian Kealy, Head of Search at Microsoft UK, said: ‘Our research reveals a huge number of British people do things out of habit.’

Bing commissioned the research into habits as a way of promoting its Bing It On campaign.

The idea is that many people use rival search engine Google as a habit and a new site has been set up to test whether people prefer Bing or Google, and to highlight that Google may not always be best.

The Bing It On challenge shows two sets of search results for the same phrase and people are asked to choose which they prefer.

If Brian Kealy and the ‘Bing It On challenge’ team are Googling Binging their own names and find this story, I challenge them to find better and more productive ways of getting people to use their search engine than by filling the science sections of newspapers with PR drivel.