The top five factors that most negatively impact the quality of hire:
- Resumes are at best, self-reported descriptions of historical events.
- Resumes frequently contain untruths and half-truths.
- Negative information is omitted.
- Resumes do not cover the future or your firm.
- Requiring an updated resume will restrict applications.
Content-related resume problems:
- Resumes contain no statement of accuracy.
- The information is not verified by the firm where they worked.
- Applicants are not told what information to include.
- Resumes do not include information on all of the key assessment criteria.
- Many candidates are unaware of the powerful impact of keywords.
- The candidate’s job results may be impossible to verify.
- The candidate’s contribution may also be exaggerated.
- Illegal and inappropriate information may be included.
Non-job related factors may impact the quality of the submitted resume:
- Writing skills impact their content and their assessment score.
- Help, resources, and repetition impacts their content.
- Most candidates only have a single resume.
- Employed individuals may be at a disadvantage.
- International applicants may be at a disadvantage.
Format-related resume problems:
- Accomplishments and skills may be omitted in some formats.
- There may be a bias against the functional resume format.
- The CV format may hurt some candidates.
- Paper resumes cause problems.
Problems with the typical resume assessment process:
- Resumes cannot be thoroughly read in six seconds.
- There is no scoring sheet or documentation.
- Inappropriate knockout factors can be used.
- The information is not in a standardized order for easy comparison.
- Multiple languages may make assessment difficult.
- No feedback hurts your brand image.
- No resume screening metrics.
- No formal training.
Possible alternatives to resumes
- An application form.
- A LinkedIn profile.
- A portfolio.
- Find their actual work on the Internet.
- Give them an actual work problem.
- Technical tests.
- Interest and skills questionnaire