Many employers have specific expectations they are looking for when they go through resumes, and if a resume checks all of the boxes, they will usually interview that applicant. Sometimes employers can be blinded by an experience-filled resume and forget about all of the other important qualities they want in a potential employee.
Less than 3% of sent resumes result in an interview, which means if your resume does not contain certain qualifications, you are most likely not even going to be offered a chance to interview.
Here are some things to consider when looking through resumes and conducting job interviews.
Determine whether experience or attitude is more important
When employers just hire based on a resume, it means that they prioritize experience over everything. 74% of employers say they have hired the wrong person for the job, and new hires are not cheap. This means that when employers do not take the time to really consider their candidates, it can be an expensive mistake.
The number one reason that employers fire employees is for poor performance. Poor work performance has much more to do with the attitude of a person than the experience they have in that field.
For example, if someone does not have much, or any, experience in a certain department, but has a positive and hard-working attitude, they will be a lot more likely to reach their goals than someone who has been working in that same department for years but has a bad attitude and no desire to work hard.
Attitudes not only affect individuals, but they can affect coworkers, managers, and the overall company environment. When hiring employees, it is important to make sure they will bring positivity to the work environment.
Get to know your candidates
Try setting aside your candidate’s resume at the beginning of the interview, and just talk to them. Get to know the candidate and determine what their personality is like. Do they seem friendly? Are they outgoing or more reserved? Does their personality fit in with the type of work they will be doing?
Talking to your candidates and having everyday conversations with them can help you discover more about them as a person than just asking them to talk about their work experience.
Ask more personality-based questions
Someone’s work experience can always change, but their attitude can be much more permanent. If you come across a resume that does not contain the amount of experience you were looking for, instead of just overlooking it, try reaching out to the applicant and see why they are interested in applying for the position, or just set up an interview with them. Many employers miss out on potential talent when they disregard an applicant with too little experience.
During interviews, employers should ask more personality-based questions and less experienced based questions. Ask your candidate what they would do in certain work situations. Ask them how they plan to achieve their goals. Talk to them about their little experience in the field and what made them want to apply for the role. Get to know your candidate and determine if their personality is more important than their little experience.
There are many people that are willing to work hard and reach goals but are not given the opportunity to because their resumes do not contain all of the work experience that is required. If employers want top employees working for them, then they should consider hiring the candidate and not just the experience.