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Appearance is crucial to Britain’s jobseekers

Britain's jobseekers are just as conscious about appearance when going for a job interview as ever according to a new survey from Hays, the leading recruiting expert. Almost a third of men and women spend between 1-2 hours getting ready for a job interview. Astonishingly when asked how long jobseekers took getting dressed for an interview compared to a night out, sensible Brits opted for the interview – a whopping 88% said that they spend more time looking the part for an interview. Over a third of respondents said they spend more time on appearance due to the added competition for jobs in the downturn.

Not only is looking good a priority; 60% of respondents feel it can actually tip the balance between two closely matched candidates. A huge 96% also felt that appearance indicated their commitment and attitude towards the role and 84% even gave consideration to the colours they wore at interviews.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays, comments: "The added competition for jobs means that candidates need to pull out all the stops to secure a new position. Whilst appearance isn't the deciding factor, it can help to put a decision in your favour because it shows a certain level of professionalism and commitment to the role. In times like these jobseekers should be doing everything they can to put themselves at an advantage."

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About the survey

Over one thousand professionals (1068) were surveyed in April 2010.

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs over 6,700 staff operating from 345 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

For further press information please contact:

Claire Fowler
T. 020 7259 8821