Almost nine-tenths of recruitment consultants have admitted to taking risks on candidates who lack experience and skills even though over 80 per cent of them admit that they have made a number of bad hiring decisions. 

Research by CV-Library, an independent job board, reveals that 87 per cent of recruiters are willing to take a risk on candidates who are lacking skills and experience. A further 66 per cent would be willing to recruit candidates even if the candidates did not interview well.

Additionally, 81.6 per cent of recruiters confesses that they have made a number of bad hiring decisions. Additionally, when questioned about these bad hiring decisions, 36 per cent said that the new employee struggled to fit in, while over one-fifth (22 per cent) admitted that they made a snap decision due to a lack of candidates to choose from.

Despite 14 per cent of candidates lying on their application, over one-fifth (21 per cent) of recruitment consultants still decided to take a risk on these recruits.

However, this issue extends further than recruiters, as 4 per cent of recruiters state that the company lied about the culture or role whilst 3 per cent say that their client did not run the interview well.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said:

In the current market it’s certainly harder than ever to source top talent, forcing many recruiters to consider key areas to compromise on. While this can definitely pay off in some instances, the risk of making a bad hire can be costly and could lose you business with your clients.

Our findings suggest that recruiters need to focus on a few key areas to boost their hiring process and ensure they place the right candidates. From streamlining their screening process, to using the right platforms; taking a look at key areas for improvement can help massively in the long run.

You’ve done your part by placing the candidate in the role, but if the company lies about the job or they don’t run the interview well then this is only going to backfire on you.

Relationship building is important in any job; not least in the world of recruitment where you’re speaking to new people day in and day out. Get to know your clients, candidates and even suppliers. This will ensure you achieve the best results.


This research was conducted by CV-Library who asked 200 UK recruiters to obtain these results.

Monica Sharma is an English Literature graduate from the University of Warwick. As Editor for HRreview, her particular interests in HR include issues concerning diversity, employment law and wellbeing in the workplace. Alongside this, she has written for student publications in both England and Canada. Monica has also presented her academic work concerning the relationship between legal systems, sexual harassment and racism at a university conference at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.