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Half of Canadians hate their jobs, so why aren't they prepared for job interviews?

Dissatisfied with the daily grind, Canadians want to change jobs. But they're showing up at their interviews dressed down and with no idea what work the company does.

In 2006, while oil prices were surging and resources were booming, only one in 12 Canadians reported to Statistics Canada that they were dissatisfied with their job, and just  2% of respondents said they were not at all satisfied with their work. 

But five years later the landscape has changed considerably, and new research by global consulting service Mercer suggests that more than half of all workers are dissatisfied with their work. Of the 30,000 workers they polled, 36% are seriously considering leaving. Many cite pay as a major factor in the reason they’re considering a move. 

These foot-stompers may be fed up with their daily grind, but should be wary of blindly scheduling job interviews without being really, really sure that the grass is greener in someone else’s cubicle.

Temporary staffing company Accountemps’ new survey shows that 38% of managers it polled said knowing “little or nothing about the company” is the most common mistake job seekers make during interviews. The second most common problem was that candidates were “unprepared to discuss skills and experience.”

This might indicate that workers’ desperation to leave their jobs for just any job that tumbles their way is being felt by hiring staff. For that reason, showing up prepared and knowledgeable is more important than ever. Having a clear idea of the company’s objectives and how to help a prospective new team meet their targets is even better.

Employers have been polled on the most egregious errors made by job seekers before and another survey conducted by CareerRookie.com suggested that 57% of hiring managers said dressing inappropriately was a serious concern, with one saying a candidate wore a business suit with flip flops to an interview.

A similar study done by Careerbuilder.com in January said that hiring managers found answering a cellphone or texting during the interview to be the most outrageous error made by a candidate; more than 70% said they’d witnessed this behaviour. But in this survey too, the second most common offense was inappropriate attire.

Ultimately, 80% of turnover is caused by bad hiring decisions, and when exploring a move employees should be aware that a few hours of preparation (both in research, and in making sure your best slacks have been pressed) before an interview could eliminate the pain of yet another job swap months down the road. And, of course, turn that phone off.