HR Staffs and Recruiters Overlook Qualified Candidates
While some businesses can’t find qualified applicants because of shortages in technology, engineering and the like, a survey by Beyond.com found that poor communication prevents some human resource departments from recognizing good candidates in any field.
We’ve seen it at PRofessional Solutions. HR sometimes rules out skilled applicants because it doesn’t fully understand what the hiring manager wants.
According to an article in USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/story/2012-07-04/businesses-struggle-to-find-qualified-job-candidates/56022228/1), “The recruiter often ‘has a piece of paper with skills on it and that’s what they try to get out of you,’ instead of a more rounded picture, says Laura Crafton, . . . who’s seeking a public relations job.”
What we see is a set of literal requirements. If the PR Director tells HR she wants someone with 5-7 years that’s a range; the HR person reads it as a firm requirement. When offered a talented and appropriate match who might have 8 years of experience, or a little more than 4 years, HR won’t consider him.
Another problem noted in the article arises when employers rely on overly specific keyword searches. If the keyword is “accredited” but the resume says ABC or APR the recruiter can miss out on strongly prepared applicants.
What problems have you seen with the screening process that keeps talent from getting recognized?