Resumes and references may still be around, but social media and the current managerial obsession with data are completely changing the hiring process.
That’s the picture that emerges from SHL’s recent Global Assessment Trends Report, which surveyed nearly 500 HR professionals in 37 countries. The overwhelming majority of companies still review resumes and references, but newer methods have gained favor with HR departments.
A whopping 86% now conduct personality tests, and 76% ask prospective employees to take job-fitness tests. Culture-fit tests have also grown in popularity in recent years. And social media checks are on the rise. Checking candidates’ life history, experiences and values has also become popular.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, background and credit checks have dropped in favor.
What does this mean for your small business? Well, let’s face it, hiring from a group of unknown candidates is one of the hardest parts of your job. Anything you can do to increase your chances of success will only help your company.
Adapted from Ten Ways Employers Check You Out at Baseline Magazine.