Are You The One? – The Process of Evaluating Candidates’ Skills & Experience

Are you the one? This is probably one of the things that every recruiter asks themselves in regards to the candidate. But you can never be too sure whether the candidate is truly the one, so let's go over the process of evaluating the candidates' skills & experience.

First Impression

They say that there's nothing like a first impression and at Causeway Connect, we agree. It's the very first thing you notice about a candidate (if we don't count their CV) and it helps you create an initial mental image about the person at hand. This mental image can be very powerful, and making a good first impression can greatly benefit the candidate in going through the recruitment process.

Curriculum Vitae

Speaking of first impressions, let's talk about CV's and their importance in the recruitment process. The very first thing you learn about the candidate is entirely through their CV. Before you even get to the stage of having an interview with the person, the way a recruiter qualifies whether the person is a good potential fit or not is through their CV. This is why it's very important to have a quality CV and not fall into some of the common pitfalls that people make when writing their resume's.

Ask the Right Questions

In order to assess the candidate in the best way possible and get a deep insight into their work history and skills, you need to ask the right questions. Long gone are the cliche questions such as: "What are your main strengths and weaknesses?" or "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?". Asking these questions will do you no good. You won't find out any valuable information by doing this and you'll only leave a negative impression with the candidates, who'll be less likely to accept your potential job offer down the line.

Evaluate the Candidates' Experience

To evaluate the candidates' experience correctly you have to create a roadmap for the person judging by their CV, and what they've said so far in the interview. See what is the most important thing that they've mentioned in the CV and start from there. The candidate will for sure say something that is of value to you, so when that happens write that down and try and expand on it further. It's all about asking the right questions and creating a comfortable setting where the candidates can express themselves fully.

If you follow these simple rules, you won't have a problem with assessing your candidates' skills and experience. The recruitment process is a complex one, and there are many other parts of it, but we've tried to narrow it down to the most basic and important ones. If you're looking for a recruiter, HR or just someone to maintain your database – feel free to contact us and save up to 65% on recruitment costs.

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