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What You Need to Know About the Hiring Process

December 12th, 2009

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Recent graduates put a lot of hard work into resumes, cover letters, and interview, but they need to realize that employers put a lot of effort into these things as well. When it comes to the hiring process, here is what you need to know about recruiting, interviewing, and selecting.

The first step in the hiring process is recruiting, which involves attracting and screening for qualified job candidates. Recruiters try to attract qualified candidates by placing job ads and talking to them directly at college campuses, job fairs, or employment agencies. They then screen out applicants that do not meet minimum job requirements, which might consist of going through every single applicants resume or just searching for certain keywords. If your resume doesn't contain a specific word that a recruiter is looking for, it could be thrown into the trashcan before someone even reads it. This is why it is so important that you carefully consider the words you use on your resume and incorporate ones that will make the cut.

The second step in the hiring process is interviewing, which involves meeting with applicants in order to determine whether or not they would be a good fit for a position. Typically only the most qualified candidates are asked to continue to the interviewing process, which may consist of several meetings and different types of interviews. Interviews allow the employer to become familiar with job candidates through asking questions about their educational background, work experience, personal interests, and skills and abilities. Employers carefully look at each candidate and take into consideration everything about them, such as responses, behavior, and appearance. It is important for you to remember that the way you dress and carry yourself matters just as much as your answers to questions.

The third step in the hiring process is selecting, where the employer carefully evaluates the best candidates and makes a final hiring decision. This consists of the employer assessing each candidate's potential, determining how they would fit into the organization, and analyzing the qualities each one would bring to the position. This may also include checking a candidate's credit history, criminal background, and professional references. It is important to remember that when it comes to the selection process you have done all that you can. It is now up to the employer to make the right decision for them. And if you are not the right person for the job, don't be discouraged, there are plenty of more opportunities out there.

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