Do Resumes Matter Anymore?
Interviewers used to rely heavily on the facts of a resume to determine a candidate’s fitness for the job. But the interviewing process has shifted dramatically in recent years. Do resumes matter anymore?
More Sophisticated Candidates
Candidates are far more sophisticated in how to prepare for and answer “standard”, “give me an example” and “case study” interview questions. It is now easy to prepare for the four most common types of interview questions:
Is It Time to Toss the Resume?
When we ask our behavior based interviewing and talent acquisition experts, “Do resumes matter anymore?” they say, “kind of.” They recommend using the resume to:
How to Use Behavioral Interviewing Techniques to Hire Right
1. Begin with What Your Organization Stands For
All corporate decisions and behaviors should be based on the company’s:
And what more important decisions are there than the people you hire to represent you and execute your strategic journey? The right candidate should be genuinely excited by your corporate mission, inspired by the vision of the future and committed to the values and beliefs you espouse.
2. Focus More On Who The Candidate Is Than What They Have Accomplished
While past accomplishments are important, you want to clarify the role your interviewee played in achieving those accomplishments and understand the environment in which they were carried out. No two companies are alike. In general, you want to make sure that the people you hire fit your workplace culture and:
3. Test Them Out On-the-job
Whenever possible, give candidates a small project or bring them onto the team for a trial period. You will quickly discover whether they are a good fit or not.
4. Be Patient
It is far better to wait for the high performing candidate who fits than to be pressured into hiring “second best.” Hiring poorly costs in so many ways…dollars, time and employee morale. When it comes to people, never settle if you want to create and nurture a high performance culture.
The Bottom Line
It is fair to ask – “Do Resumes Matter Anymore?” The quick answer is “Not Really.” Resumes can help with screening and provide context for smart behavior-based interview questions, but they rarely help to hire the right talent matters to the people and to the business.
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