How to assess candidates’ CVs when recruiting

CV’s not only help assess and rank applicants’ experience, skills and key achievements but can reveal much more about a candidate – such as how they might fit into the culture of your business. 

Take note of their hobbies, a candidate’s leisure interests can reveal a lot. Perhaps the candidate volunteers at a charity or created an organisation within their community. This would show that the candidate is enthusiastic and highly motivated, with good organisational skills.

Don’t let career breaks put you off. Career gaps can happen for various reasons, including people having families or wanting to take time out to travel and gain other experiences. These life experiences can have interesting stories behind them and give you some insight into who they are as a person.

Whatever the role, potential employees should show basic attributes such as reliability, flexibility and a desire to be a part of the company culture and succeed. 

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