We are seeing a rise in the prevalence of significant untruths in resumes as lower skilled graduates try to rise above their competition.
The most common mistruths are related to the extent of junior – graduate technical experience. Normal screening methods, such as reference checking and face-to-face interviews usually won’t pick this up. Many employers, particularly in IT and engineering look for examples of projects their applicants have worked on. Unfortunately, besides outright plagiarism, a project worked offsite can on the outside look great, until you take the hood off the project and look at the mechanics of how the project was constructed. This takes time and an expert. Many experts end up taking a punt based on the attitude of the employee demonstrated in the interview.
Our suggestion is that you formulate a technical test that makes the applicant use the skills they need to be successful in the role to solve the questions used in the test. This means a choice of multiple choice and written responses.
Particular in-depth screening needs to be applied to candidates with communication issues – be it English skills or just introverted. These can mask incompetence and be used by a desperate interviewer to explain away the lack of technical skills.
The direct outcome is that we are seeing candidates who look good on the paper reappear on the market place two weeks after stating they had found a role. Employers are being ruthless now. They cannot afford to put on incompetent candidates. Previously when projects were plentiful employers were more open to take on “borderline staff assets”. We define a Borderline Staff Asset as a staff person that is missing their production targets. Over the last 3 months we have seen a significant rise in the number of “borderline staff assets” hit the market. Although it appears that there are better skilled candidates on the market place, in reality the good candidates are still in light supply, and the best held on tighter by desperate employers.
MACRO Recruitment offers employers technical screening services at $75 per technical test.