Companies also often require candidates to take online pre-employment tests, such numerical reasoning tests or personality tests. What does this mean for you as a candidate? You can be rejected as a potential candidate before anyone even views your resume!
Candidates rejected by an ATS
According to CIO, 75% of candidates are rejected by an ATS. Even if you’re one of the lucky few who make it past the initial screening, you still need to overcome the hurdles of interviews and pre-employment screening. Follow these top tips to maximize your chances of getting hired.
Understand the power of an ATS
Applicant tracking systems pool information from your resume into a database that shows the keywords that match between your resume and the job description.
By failing to include the right keywords, your application will be overlooked even if you are qualified. In addition, remember that your resume is being examined by a computer program, not a person. If you call your work experience by another name (such as “professional achievements”), the program will ignore it.
You should also start each line of work experience with the company name, not the dates that you worked there. Top applicant tracking systems include Taleo, Homegrown, Bullhorn, and Jobvite. You can read more about each one and how to tailor your resume to them on the web.
Prepare for your assessment test
Many candidates make the mistake of assuming that their assessment test will be easy, and then they are stumped by the actual evaluation.
It’s better to overprepare than to risk a low score. Most tests have a strict time limit, which adds a layer of difficulty.
You can even prepare for tests which may seem to evaluate innate traits, such as personality or situational judgment tests. By learning what attitudes and habits you should emphasize or downplay, you can ensure your success.
Research the company
A great way to show that you are passionate about the company for which you are applying is to do your homework before your interview. You can impress hiring managers by learning about the company’s values and culture, and incorporating elements of this into your answers.
For example, if you are applying to an innovative company that wants employees to take risks rather than playing it safe, mention in your interview that you are not afraid to fail. You should also look up key executives of the company and their personal vision. Some companies publish a list of traits, skills, and abilities that they value in employees, and you should know them. Lastly, read any news articles that mention the company.
Demonstrating your knowledge of recent events that affect the company is a surefire way of showing that you prepared thoroughly for the interview. You can also find examples of interview questions and reviews of the company on sites like Glassdoor.
You need to convince hiring managers that not only do you have the skills and experience needed for the job, but you are excited about the opportunity to work at their company.
After all, if you are indifferent to the job opportunity, then your interviewers will be indifferent about you.
Maintain a positive, upbeat attitude throughout the interview process, and don’t forget to follow up each interview with a personalized thank you note.
Typically, hundreds of candidates submit an application for only one open position. Out these, generally only four or five are invited for an interview.
Ensure your place among top candidates by crafting an excellent resume that will beat an ATS, acing your assessment tests, and making a good impression on hiring managers. Don’t let your application fall through the cracks. Start preparing for the hiring process today.