Sheffield boss lost for words over no shows for job interviews

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A Sheffield employer says he is ‘lost for words’ after more than half the jobseekers who had applied for a role in his firm failed to turn up for interview.

Bemused boss Nick Murphy claims that after advertising for salespeople last month, 12 people who were offered interviews didn’t show up – or even call to say they wouldn’t be coming.

Nick Murphy, Managing Director of HS direct, claims over half of applicants to his jobs don't even turn up for interview

Nick Murphy, Managing Director of HS direct, claims over half of applicants to his jobs don't even turn up for interview

Nick, managing director of HS Direct, a health and safety assessment company based near Meadowhall, said he has been left wondering if people really wanted work.

Nick, of Greenhill, said: “We tend to have quite a few applicants for jobs when we advertise, which is good.

“But what’s really surprised me this time is that over half of the people who we offered an interview didn’t even bother showing up.

“What’s worse is that most of them didn’t even call to say they couldn’t make it, which is a complete waste of time for us too.

“We phoned all the people back who didn’t show up, but the majority didn’t answer the phone.

“It makes you wonder if people actually want work, or if they’re just ticking boxes to keep their benefit claims going.”

Nick said that he has another office in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which has also been advertising roles.

He said: “We haven’t had anywhere near as many no-shows in Bury St Edmunds, which does make you wonder whether there’s more of a work ethic there.”

Nick said he is looking for five salespeople to man telephones in his Sheffield office.

He said the starting wage is £15,000, but hard workers ‘can expect to earn around £30,000’.

He said: “It’s a good job and a proper career with a decent company.

“I honestly can’t see why people aren’t showing up. It’s a good opportunity.”

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