Hertfordshire University found that bad English alienated 77% of the 515 companies it spoke to – more than twice the 34% that were annoyed by CV exaggerations. The biggest draw for potential employers was relevant work experience, mentioned by 46%, followed by a “good work ethic” (43%). A university spokesman said practical skills were “absolutely key”.
Only 24% of employers interviewed said they were interested in a candidate’s class of degree and 14% in the reputation of the university they had attended.
A Confederation of British Industry survey last year suggested that 42% of employers were unhappy with the reading, writing and numeracy skills among school-leavers. A CBI spokesman said: “These days, employers are looking for more than just good grades and a relevant degree when recruiting. They rank relevant work experience highly, and expect candidates to be able to communicate well and show that they are highly motivated too.”
The Hertfordshire University survey found almost one in five recruiters would decline to interview candidates without relevant work experience. Anusha Everson, the university’s director for graduate employment, said: “It’s clear that gaining real-life work experience as part of your course, or on your own initiative, is an absolutely key requirement for students getting ready to go to university this September.”
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