7 reasons why there’s more to recruiting than CVs

Everyone has wrote or read a CV at one point in their career but they may not be the 'be all and end all' when it comes to recruiting for your business.

Read on to find out why......

1. Reading CV’s is a time consuming process

Even if you have a ‘system’ to identify ‘suitable candidates’, having to read lengthy and inconsistently presented CVs from multiple applicants is very lengthy and frustrating ... and them you often have to go back and compare them.

2. The often contains errors and half-truths

It’s not unreasonable to say that CVs are often viewed by employers with a large pinch of salt. In fact, a large proportion of the interview is usually devoted to checking what is in the CV, and candidates are often rejected when it becomes clear to the interviewer that a lot of it is a work of fiction. Imagine you could know more BEFORE the interview stage.

3. A CV often only gives you half a picture

Education, experience and job history play a large part in most people's Cvs, but for most vacancies they only play a very small part in the overall recruitment decision. Selecting a short-list based only on the information on a CV means that you could potentially be missing out the best candidate, simply because they didn’t write their CV in the “right” way.

4. What does a CV doesn’t tell you?

A candidate’s,CV will tell you nothing about their soft skills – their personality, values and attitudes, their strengths and weaknesses, how will they work under pressure. will they fit into your team? It’s often said that employers “hire for skills, but fire for attitude”, so wouldn’t it be a good idea to hire for attitude instead?

5. Past success is no guarantee of future success

It’s often said that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour, however, that isn’t always the case. For there to be a guarantee that behaviour will be replicated, all other things must remain constant – the job, the line manager, the team, the company culture, the location, etc., the list is almost endless. In a new role, most other things will not be the same, so there is little guarantee that past success will lead to future success.

6. It can be difficult to compare applicants using CVs

When writing CVs, applicants are trying to increase their chances of “standing out from the crowd” and getting an interview. This often means that you will be faced with a wide variety of CV formats and styles, making it very difficult to compare one candidate with another.

7. Professionally prepared CVs

People often have their CV professionally written to make the best impression on potential employers. While it is natural for applicants to want to do this, it can mask their true skills and abilities. A well-written CV may lead you to think that the applicant has good writing skills, but this may not be the case. Professionally written CVs have only one purpose – to give the applicant the best chance of getting an interview. They are not intended to make the recruiters job easier.

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