The Most Qualified Candidate is Hired
That is what you would expect, right? Shouldn’t the candidate with the most relevant education and experience be hired? In a perfect world – yes; however, many candidates do not convey their value in the job search process. That’s exactly what I help people to do in my career coaching practice.
- Do you know and communicate your strengths?
- Does your resume and linked in profile convey your most significant achievements?
- Are you able to provide examples to hiring managers of how you can transfer your past experience and knowledge to their organization?
- How well do you respond to the behavioral interview questions?
- Are you ready for the emotional intelligence-based interview questions?
Even If Not Hired, You Will Be Told Why Not
If you have been in the job market during the past few years, you have not been contacted unless chosen for the interview and or position. If you are not considered qualified, it is likely you will hear nothing from the organization. Even if you go through the multi-stepped interview process, possibly take time off from a current job, incurred the cost of childcare in order to interview, and complete background questionnaires, you may not hear anything unless chosen for the job. And it is even more likely that you will not hear anything from the recruiter or hiring manager about why you were not selected.
I don’t endorse that practice but I understand it. It is expensive to notify candidates, not chosen, in a large organization with high volume recruiting initiatives. Years ago, it was common practice to receive either a phone call or a rejection letter.
You need feedback in order to improve your resume, linked in profile or interviewing skill. It is very rare to hear constructive feedback after an interview. You simply won’t hear from a recruiter or hiring manager for fear that they could be sued should you perceive the reason as discriminatory.
I strongly believe that companies should at least notify the job seeker, even if it is a standardized email from a no-reply email address. At least you would know something. But you still would not know why you were not selected for the position.
Recruiters Read (in detail) All Resumes
I remember when I read each resume that crossed my desk in order to determine if it would ultimately go in the “yes”, “maybe” or “no” pile. A decade ago, the paper resumes were replaced by digital resumes and online applications and while I didn’t thoroughly read the entire resume, I reviewed carefully to decide which candidates I would pass along for a screening interview.
Thanks to the big job boards and ability for anyone to apply to any of the thousands of job postings, the sheer volume of applications is outstanding and recruiters have had to resort to an ATS (applicant tracking system) to wade through the resumes by using selected keywords in order to sort out the ones which are deemed not qualified. Result? You may be the most qualified candidate but if your resume doesn’t include the keywords being mined, you probably won’t be in the “yes” category of applications to move on to the next step, interviewing, and you will be overlooked for the position.
Discouraged? Well, there is a way to ensure that your resume is written to attract the recruiter’s attention. And there is a way to showcase your unique skills, strengths, gifts, talents, and experience beyond the limitations of a resume (Linked In is your professional career website and you can use it to promote your personal brand, network with decision makers and even discover job postings not advertised on the big job boards). And, finally, there is a way to improve your interviewing skills so you will be the clear choice for the position of your dreams.