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Recruiters Look Beyond Education To Hire The Best Candidate

By Richard White | Small Business

Recruiters Look Beyond Education To Hire The Best Candidate image Right Impression In A Job InterviewRecruiters Look Beyond Education To Hire The Best Candidate

Research shows that educational grades aren’t essentially indicative of latent job performance. In this competitive job market, recruiters will have to think beyond educational degrees to assess and hire the best talented available. With global unemployment rising above 200 million (according to International Labor Organization), underlining the deepening impact of the global economic crisis that erupted in 2008, today, most of smart recruiters have realized this mistake and have removed the barrier of ‘highly qualified’ criteria to enter into the job market.

Amidst the vast qualified professionals, all competing for a limited number of positions, a good recruiters will take out the best amongst them as they understand what makes you tick professionally. And it’s not just education, but a several other factors. But why do they think beyond the traditional degree?

Educational degree cannot build a person’s passion and talent

Someone may have an MBA degree and 10 years of work experience, but what if they are not interested in the job you’re hiring for? Of course, they can never be a great employee as you want. The toughest of the tough tasks can be taught, but the skills and talents requires to organize that task and help others executing the same are inherent. So look for someone who has the willingness and capabilities to do that ‘extra’ things outside of your industry. Innovation, creativity, enthusiasm, great people skills and diligence are great signs that applicants can bring the same qualities in the workplace.

Cultural intelligence cannot be taught in classroom

For most of the companies, the primary emphasis is not so much on ‘How am I going to understand the American, Japanese or other cultures? Instead the aim is ‘How do we help people develop a capability to work with different cultural contexts’? Recruiters considers that someone who has depth of experience in the Chinese language and culture, should be able to translate this skills to work with someone who comes from a very different culture. Many companies assume that because a candidate has international educational degree, it can automatically lead him to be culturally intelligent. But recruiters look for soft skills, confidence, how much a candidate has traveled to new countries, and how much they have adapted to and learned about new cultures in their previous job.

Here lies the importance of cultural intelligence to bring outwardly distinct ideas together into meaningful whole.

Personal hygiene

As it is rightly said ‘first impression is the last one’. Presentation is important. Degree has no role to play when it comes to your inability to change your physical characteristics. Unkempt and unhygienic appearance gives the impression that the candidate lacks self-management skills. This might soon get reflected in the work and might be disliked by most of the co-workers.

Experience cannot be acquired through classroom learning

Good marks highlight good performance and definitely not experience. Advance education might be beneficial in the long run, but it isn’t going to make or break someone’s ability to do their job well. The way candidates highlight their most relevant experience at the top of their resume and how they describe their position in the summary help recruiters get an insight about their job experience. These details help recruiters assess exactly how the candidate intends to be useful in the organization.

Professional eagerness and self-assurance

Being proactive to take responsibility and help others understand their responsibilities help a person become a better employee. Recruiters often look for qualities that reflect a candidate’s overview of their skills, career plans and eagerness to achieve success as soon as possible. This is especially applicable for passive candidates. Also they want to see how well a candidate can portray himself as best for the job and see the position as an important step towards their career goal. Excellent qualification does not always help a person express the right professional attitude. It requires experience and zeal to execute the same.

Of course, education is compulsory, but does not necessarily required to evaluate whether a candidate fits perfectly for the job. An unqualified person may also have the right mix of talent, proficiency, passion and ability to get the job done.

This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: Recruiters Look Beyond Education To Hire The Best Candidate

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