The use of contractors instead of full time employees is an employment option that is growing in popularity.
More and more, a significant percentage of the ‘work’ that gets done in organisations has a short-term or ‘project’ focus to it.
In our never ending attempts to really know our preferred candidates, the role of reference checking remains as crucial as ever.
Done correctly (that means obtaining the right information) it ranks alongside psychometric testing and interviewing as one of the most reliable predictors of on-the-job performance.
However there’s one small point that occasionally trips up employers – and even some experienced recruiters. It’s the subject of “checking the referees”.
With the myriad of privacy and employment laws dictating what can and can’t be discussed at interview, what can you do as an employer when there’s more you want to know more about your preferred candidate before you make them a job offer?
Recently, there’s been a rapid growth of “service providers” on the Internet that offer interview coaching to candidates in a bid to improve their chances of securing employment.
When you’ve run that job advert and the resume’s start flowing in, it won’t be long before its time to pick up the phone and start contacting the better applicants.
Obviously, your main line of questioning is about determining if their skills, qualifications and work experience are a good fit to your vacancy. On top of that, here’s a few of my tips from having conducted probably 2,000 – 3,000 phone screenings.
1. It’s all about speed.
As you wade through the numerous resume’s that flow from your advertised job vacancy, there comes that point when you latch onto an applicant that’s ticking most of the boxes for you – right qualifications, skills and a work history that tells you they can definitely “do the job”
CBS News today talks about some high flying American CEO’s caught out for faking qualifications on their resume.
The article plays it down slightly by saying that your ability to lead doesn’t have a lot to do with your academic qualifications – and we’d agree on that point however the real issue for employers is that qualifications do have a bearing on performance for many job roles.
Great to see the Hays Recruitment article citing the importance of Cultural Fit when recruiting staff.
Their white paper and the recruitment industry’s growing understanding of the importance of cultural fit, mirrors our own work in implementing a Cultural Fit Indicator to the StaffMatcher psychometric assessment back in 2007.