Taking the Mystery out of the process – companies trying to catch up

As a 3rd party recruiter I’ve talked with my client companies and candidates about how one of my major roles is to take the fear and mystery out of the interviewing process and to fill that void with information and certainty. Well it now looks like some companies may finally be getting around to understanding the benefit.

In doing some recent marketing research I found one company that actually spelled out their process for candidates on their website, and even explained both the information they are looking to get from applicants at the various stages of the interview and what information the applicants can expect to receive from them as well.

Please don’t get me wrong….I’m still no advocate of posting resumes directly to a company website unless there is no other way in (* see reasons below), but if a company is going to start giving pertinent information that provides candidates this kind of understanding, then maybe a candidate that does present their resume can feel better that an atypical results can be achieved.

Historical reasons why not to post to a company website

* Very few companies (as a % of the whole) do a quality job of qualifying candidates, storing the records and later utilizing the candidate pool in which has landed in their lap.
*The inability for a candidate once initiating the process to determine if the resume was received, what is the process for consideration, where they sit within the process and who at the company is the point of contact (generic email accounts don’t count as contact)
* Reading resumes is highly subjective, so no matter how good yours is it may miss the mark with this hiring official, and you may never get the interview you want and deserve.
*Advocacy works: we recommend utilizing a recruiter as your advocate. They have greater knowledge about the job, the company and the hiring official and can help to present your skills so that they are viewed in the best light while also drawing distinctions between your skills and those of your competitors.

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