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  • 1.  Candidate Willingness for Skills Assessments

    Posted 06-11-2021 10:49
    Hi All,      

    We are finding a lot of younger,  20 - 35 years of age, office or accounting type candidates are unwilling to devote the time to take skills assessments as a prerequisite to interviewing with some clients.   ( they can do it remotely as we use eSkill)  Is anyone else finding this type of reaction?      There is the whole theory that they are not serious about their pursuit of the opportunity.  Part of  me thinks that those kids grew up with MS Office and have been using it since they were in grade school, hence seeing the "quiz" as a waste of time.  

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Tracey Madden CPC, CTS
    McIntosh Staffing Resources
    Dover NH
    (603) 742-8325
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  • 2.  RE: Candidate Willingness for Skills Assessments

    2020 Staffing World Attendee
    Posted 06-13-2021 11:32
    Edited by Catherine Volpe 06-15-2021 12:57
    I stay very engaged with the internal hiring in our company. What I found is that nearly all my candidates complete the skill assessments and other pre-qualifying assignments that I ask them to complete - and in a timely manner. Sometimes Recruiters will ask me a question as to how I am so successful in getting candidates to complete the skill assessments. To me, it comes down to three things: (1) You must be talking to the right candidates and not wasting time with the wrong ones. (2) Engagement - you must have the right candidate fully engaged and desiring the opportunity (specific one or to work with your firm). (3) Gentle control - you must be assertive in requesting that skill assessments be completed timely before you can submit the candidate to client or consider the candidate for hire. 
    Cathy Vee (Volpe) President – (714) 960-2800 ext.805

    CathyJon Enterprises, Inc., dba HB Staffing

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  • 3.  RE: Candidate Willingness for Skills Assessments

    Posted 06-15-2021 12:51
    Hi Tracey,

    Skills Checklists are a key component of a submittal packet in the travel nursing space so I am familiar with this. We have found that the theory you reference holds true. If someone cannot devote a few minutes to knockout a simple checklist, they are either 1) not a serious candidate, or 2) not someone you want to work with. It comes back to what would a reasonable person who was seriously interested in a job do - and the answer is to spend the small amount of time necessary on the checklist to move forward in the hiring process.

    This may be different in staffing verticals that are less heavily credentialed than healthcare. The candidates we work with are accustomed to a more intensive onboarding process in a way that candidates in other verticals aren't. That being said, removing candidate barriers to placement is a balance - sometimes it's good to give them a little work so you can gauge how serious they are about an opportunity.

    If you are struggling with this piece, it probably comes down to a combination of either 1) they candidates aren't that great/serious, or 2) the recruitment "sale" on the value/time of completing the skills checklist isn't being handled as effectively as it could be.

    We've found in working with new recruiters that management (and other more experienced recruiters) can pretty much always tell if someone is serious about an opportunity and will complete a checklist. It's the newer and inexperienced recruiters that end up wasting time with a candidate who isn't serious and won't complete a checklist.

    Sean Barber
    Pluto Healthcare Staffing
    Columbus OH
    (513) 600-7331

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