Since 2007 there have been far more job seekers than available positions. This has forced many employers to adopt new hiring methods in order to wade through the masses of applications many receive while at the same time ensuring that they select the best candidate for the job.
How can the savvy job seeker make sure that they are maximising their chances of making the sort list? Here are two emerging trends and what you need to know about them:
The Personality Test
Ah, the personality test! The purpose of these tests is twofold. First, they seek to determine suitability for a particular position. Second, they are supposed to predict who will be successful longest if placed in that position.
Clearly there are a lot of drawbacks from a candidate’s perspective to a personality test. They can produce false results if applicants are in a low mood when they take the test, when the applicant bases their answers not on their personality at work but rather their personality at home (which can be quite different), or the applicant doesn’t understand a question.
It makes sense, therefore, for applicants to ensure that they are in a good mood, base their answers on their behavior at work and seek clarification on any question that seems unclear. Better to risk appearing confused but get a better result than to suffer in silence and ruin any chance of making it to the next stage of the hiring process.
This is a popular way for some companies to sift through high volumes of applications and CVs. By using electronic documents, employers can run a digital “eye” over the data in the document, and reject any application that does not fit the job criteria.
In order to ensure that your CV makes the grade, tailor your CV to the job description, specifically including words used in the job and person specifications. These are the words the scanners are trying to pick up. Thus, if the job is looking for a Finance Manager, make sure that these words feature prominently on your CV.
Often times the biggest barrier to finding that dream job is getting your CV in front of the right person’s eyes. Many a candidate has bemoaned the fact that they interview exceedingly well but can’t get to the interview stage.
By understanding the process of screening candidates and taking appropriate steps, the savvy candidate can increase their success rate and bring that dream job a little closer.
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