Employers Ideal Candidate

How Do Employers Find Their Ideal Candidate?

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A little while back, someone asked how business owners, recruiters, and HR executives find their best candidates. The answers to that question are valuable for anyone who is searching for a job. There are five key steps that employers take in evaluating a candidate:

1. Check The Resume For Job History And Skills

Recruiters eliminate people who are clearly job hoppers, with one position after another that lasted less than a year; they also eliminate applicants who lack the vital skills they need.

2. Check The Resume For Intangibles

It may be important, for example, that the candidate likes to work alone or travel out of the country or make presentations.

3. Look At Social Media

A Facebook or Twitter page may reveal that a candidate has a problem the company does not want to deal with, such as excess drinking or anger toward co-workers. Or a company where volunteerism is important, for example, may look for evidence of a candidate’s volunteer activity.

4. Pay Attention To The Job Candidate’s Attitude During The Interview

If a candidate arrives late, texts during the interview, treats the receptionist rudely or gives inappropriate or flustered responses to questions, that candidate is considered a bad choice.

5. Be Prepared To Train The Right Person

For some companies, a demonstrated willingness to learn is more important than current skills.


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Robin Schlinger

Robin Schlinger is the founder of Robin’s Resumes which provides excellent services to those who value the best in resumes and career marketing documentation.

6 comments

  1. There were some type errors in the previous message. The managers can’t do it by themselves but they must be allowed to coach their team. They make million dollar decisions so let them make the decision of having the right people. Micro managing is old and outdated and if this is the only way you can accomplish your goals then you are not accomplishing much

  2. In todays society we have come to a certain acceptance that as nothing to do with right or wrong. How many times do you shop or go to businesses where you wonder why it takes so long? Its because of lax work ethics. This is allowed by upper management. The hire and fire at will is over the top. You have employed many managers that simply want to do a good job but because of companies being afraid to get sued the managers are limited on how to hold subordinate employees accountable. Simply said it is what it is, if an hourly employee cannot meet the requirements as written in the handbook then the position should be opened for someone who can. We have come to accept inferior work standards and its only getting worst. But the big Boss doesn’t care as long as the pennies continue to come in, the point is they are missing out on the big bucks they could be making from better operations. Stop creating rules if everyone is not going to be held to the same standard.
    If you hire someone to manage your business allow them to do just that after all thats the reason you hired them, because you felt they could do the job. But remember they can do it alone.

  3. Honesty is important..True.
    A company will/can fire or set traps for termination of people.
    If employee lied.
    Employees are Lied to by Companies Alot.. without anything done about it.
    FOUL! HONESTY IS A 2 WAY STREET..
    EVEN IT UP!
    EVERYBODY STOP THE LIES!
    YOU KNOW US, YOU HIRE NO BETTER THAN WE KNOW YOU..WHO HIRE US!
    WE TRUST YOU .. SO DAMN IT TRUST US!
    EXAMPLE: MARRIED PEOPLE STAY TOGETHER WHEN RELATIONSHIP IS GOOD, STRONG & FAIR.. …DIVORCE WHEN IT’S NOT.
    DO NOT REMARRY BY COMPAREING NEW TO OLD..
    BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT.. NO 2 ARE THE SAME.. AND TO BLAME THE NEW PERSON BASED ON .. WHAT AN OTHER PERSON DID.. IS UNFAIR & WRONG.

  4. Does anybody remember there are jobs & carrers they are different .. carrer ..long term.. Jobs are ment to be short term.
    McD’s,Walmart,Walgreens,Taco bell, Jaxx car wash..these are exampls of JOBS:SHORT TERM MOSTLY. If a person is willing to work belittleing JOBS & DO THE JOB WELL! LET IT BE! HIRE THEM.. AND IF THEY DON’T WORK OUT.. COACH,IMPROVE, HELP THEM GET BETTER.. HUMANS HAVE MINDS AND HEARTS.. USE BOTH.. ALWAYS WHEN IN DOUBT ..Then everythong will Work out well.

    Now go do good things & see what to you it Brings.

  5. I don’t normally do this, but perhaps my anticipation of reading something new and innovative was met with disappointment. This article appears to be written for someone whose never applied for a job before. Perhaps that was the intent…..

    I mean c’mon:

    ’4. Pay Attention To The Job Candidate’s Attitude During The Interview

    If a candidate arrives late, texts during the interview, treats the receptionist rudely or gives inappropriate or flustered responses to questions, that candidate is considered a bad choice.’

    Does anyone really do these things in interviews? If so, never people I’ve interviewed.

    ’5. Be Prepared To Train The Right Person

    For some companies, a demonstrated willingness to learn is more important than current skills.’

    I see this type of reference on a job posting so rarely anymore, it simply makes no sense. All employers want are people who can come in the door and hit the ground running and start earning them money. Furthermore, this statement bears no relation to the focus of your article, does it? How does this statement bear any reference to ‘How Do Employers Find There Ideal Candidate’.

    Like I stated earlier, i was hoping for something insightful, but what I got was substantially less than that…sorry…..

    • Agree with Hugh.. So not accurate.. this Robin.. has no Clue what happens in the Real Work Place.. sorry..you do not.
      He/She who is without Sin.. throw the first stone.
      Who The Heck do Companies think they are. ..YOU HIRE PEOPLE, GIVE THEM A CHANCE & OFTEN GET GOOD PEOPLE! QUIT LOOKING TO PREVENT THE UNDER $40,000.0 PEOPLE FROM GETTING JOBS..WITH ANIQUATED ..ACTUALLY.. PEACTICES IN EXCLUSION. ATTN:
      HIRING PROFESSIONALS WHO DO WHAT ROBIN SAYS.. ST.PETER YOUR NOT.. LETS US IN.. OR.. ST.PETER WILL SHOW YOU WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE JUDGED.. UNWORTHY TO ALLOWED TO JOIN ” US! ”
      People get sick, daycare fails us, seniors need help, cars get stolen, etc.. there are many reasons for gaps in employment.MAY GOD HELP YOUR COLD HEART SEE THE LIGHT & FEEL THE WARMTH OF DOING TO & FOR OTHERS
      ..AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO FOR YOU! WHEN I INTERVIEW PEOPLE.. I PUT IT IN GODS HANDS & ASK MYSELF..
      WHAT WOULD JESUS DO.. AMEN! BLESSEDED BE..
      HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL

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