Many companies turn to staffing agencies to address growing concerns about resume inflation and its impact on the recruitment process. These are 5 ways that test driving an employee can help you make better hiring decisions.
One of the most famous cases of resume inflation was Scott Thompson. The former Yahoo CEO left the company after just four months on the job when it was discovered that his official biography listed a college degree he never received.
Of course, background and reference checks can screen for factual misstatements. On the other hand, there are important but more subtle discrepancies that can affect whether a candidate is a good match even when all parties are acting in good faith.
These are 5 of the advantages of evaluating a candidate based on how they perform on a temporary basis:
Cultural fit: Applicants eager to get a job offer may tend to adapt themselves to whatever perception of organizational culture they form from your company website and other sources. Find out whether they really share your definitions of superior customer service or being a team player.
Quick thinking: Even nonstandard interview questions quickly become typical when they get shared online. See if a candidate can respond to challenges on the spot as well as they respond to situations they rehearsed for.
Attention to detail: Someone else may have proofread their materials. Consider the quality of their work when you have more examples to review.
Technical skills: People may have different criteria for what constitutes proficiency with specific software. On the bright side, you may find that they’re even better than they claimed.
Transferable skills: While many skills are transferable, you may feel more confident if you get a chance to test how things will work out. A former high school teacher may shine as a corporate trainer or may be better suited to a school environment.
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