Candidate skills | Hiring businesses favour education over potential when recruiting

Hiring businesses favour education over potential when recruiting

New research has revealed that British businesses favour hiring candidates with gleaming academic records rather than potential.

According to a Cornerstone OnDemand and IDC, 57% of businesses prefer candidates with the prerequisite skills needed to match the job requirements.

Despite this, Peter Gold, Principal Consultant at Cornerstone OnDemand, said that hiring a candidate with the appropriate education and meets the requirements of roles is “short-sighted”.

“Hiring a candidate that has had the right education and that meets the requirements of the role is short-sighted."

"It may mean that the new recruit gets going fast, but what happens when that role evolves, or your industry is disrupted? Has that employee got the potential to evolve with your business?” he asked.

However, when the research was compared to other European organisations, while traditional recruiting criteria are still crucial, there is growing emphasis on measures that test a candidate’s potential as opposed to their former academic achievement.

European organisations have put an increasing focus on testing the aptitude of recruits (22% in Europe compared with 20% in the UK) and 38% assessing problem solving abilities (compared with 25% in the UK).

And, 2018 research from Cardiff University found that employers’ value “job readiness” more than qualifications.

The study found that only 18% of job adverts specified academic achievement requirements, with a large portion of employers instead being asked to highlight social qualifications and cognitive abilities.

Candidates yielding financial, cultural and social resources are more likely to have an advantage as these specific skills and personal traits are all part of being job ready.

This suggests that hiring managers don’t think that academic qualifications necessarily equate to having the correct skills set.

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