Employers should test skills of applicants

NEW YORK, NY — July 7, 2021 — Graduates are inundating employers with applications for entry-level positions as more candidates compete for fewer roles. Hirers should check the skills and attitudes of job applicants to ensure they are choosing the people that are right for the roles, according to online assessment provider Questionmark.

In the United States, some 45% of the class of 2020 have yet to find work.[1] This means that they will be competing with this year’s graduate cohort. Research shows that job opportunities for graduates are well below pre-pandemic levels in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.[2]

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “When there is strong competition for a limited number of jobs, employers need as much information as possible to make their decision.

“Bad hires are bad for business. They tend to move on quickly, driving up recruitment costs and damaging culture. By checking the skills of candidates before making the final decision on who to hire, employers can ensure they select the candidate who will hit the ground running.”

Resumes and interviews do not always give hirers the information they need to make the best decision. Some 78% of job applicants admit to misrepresenting, or considering misrepresenting, their skills and abilities during the application process.[3]

By measuring the skills of candidates before making the final hiring decision, employers can make a more informed decision about who to bring into the team. Assessments indicate whether potential recruits can do what they say they can and if they are likely to have the right attitude for the job.

Employers must ensure that assessments are relevant to the job role. They can also measure transferable skills such as critical thinking which can indicate suitability for a wider range of roles and long-term progression within the organization.

Questionmark Thinking Skills by Cambridge Assessment helps organizations identify and select candidates with the highest potential, by testing critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.


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[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/15/what-college-graduates-can-do-about-being-out-of-work.html

[2] https://www.ft.com/content/2fc4e1f4-a5e8-4cbd-9bd8-f51a43b01417

[3] https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/19/how-many-job-seekers-lie-on-their-job-application.html