First impressions matter in hiring, says survey

About 74 per cent of respondents in the Mena have said that online recruitment has facilitated the hiring process, with 35 per cent saying that it has facilitated it “greatly”.



By (Staff Report)

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2015, 11:14 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:17 PM

Dubai — The Bayt.com “Hiring Practices in the Middle East and North Africa” survey, recently conducted by career site Bayt.com and market research company YouGov revealed that 93 per cent of respondents hiring managerial staff and 92 per cent of respondents hiring non-managerial staff in the Middle East and North Africa believe that first impressions in a job interview matter.

In the Mena region, the private sector is responsible for the majority of all managerial (83 per cent) and non-managerial (82 per cent) hires. Specifically, multinational companies account for 26 per cent of managerial and 28 per cent non-managerial; large local companies for 25 per cent and 24 per cent ; and small and medium companies are involved in 15 per cent and 17 per cent of all respective hires.

The construction industry is mostly involved in hiring both managerial employees (12 per cent) and non-managerial employees (13 per cent). Of those responsible for hiring management positions, 41 per cent are a part of the human resources department; 25 per cent of those responsible for hiring non-managerial employees are part of HR. Fourteen per cent and 11 per cent of managers/senior managers and 12 per cent and 13 per cent of directors/department heads are respectively involved in the hiring process of managerial and non-managerial staff in the Mena.

About 74 per cent of respondents in the Mena have said that online recruitment has facilitated the hiring process, with 35 per cent saying that it has facilitated it “greatly”.

However, a majority of respondents (53 per cent) still say that they do not use an applicant tracking system during the recruitment process; 22 per cent say that they do. The usage of applicant tracking systems is higher in the GCC (27 per cent), and especially in the UAE (40 per cent).

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