New research has shown that over 75% of hiring managers have selected candidates who didn’t look good on paper. This begs the question, are CVs still relevant in tech recruitment and should tech job-seekers be focusing their efforts elsewhere?
So despite not having a convincing CV how do, these candidates work out once in employment? These recruiters report that this was the right decision and the candidate was the perfect choice for the business.
Hiring Managers Prize Experience and Demonstrable Skill
The 2018 Tech Recruiting Report by HackerRank, questioned nearly 1,000 hiring managers and recruiters within the tech industry. Their research shows a definite shift in the attitude of tech and digital recruiters. Previously, listing skills and experience on your CV was the key to unlocking the door to an interview. Not including this information would automatically find your CV in the rejection pile. Instead, hiring managers are increasingly focusing on a candidates ability to demonstrate their skills during the recruitment process.
Organisations need to know that the candidate can actually perform the required roles to a certain standard. Thus the traditional interview format is changing.
When asked about the most important qualifications they look for when recruiting for a role:
- 77% of respondents said previous work experience
- 45.8% said the number of years’ experience
- 37.3% said personal projects
- 35% look for a related degree subject such as Computer Science
- 15.8% want skills certifications
- 10.6% desire prestigious education
- 6.3% prefer Hackathon participation
70% of Developers are Self-Taught
Not all talented digital and tech professionals have qualifications from top-level institutions. In fact, many teach themselves and draw on this enthusiasm to drive forward their own personal projects. It would appear that these people are becoming more desirable to hiring managers.
One of the hiring managers interviewed was from a company of fewer than 100 employees. They gave an anecdotal account of their experience of finding a ‘hidden gem’. Describing the candidate, this manager said that he was:
“Self-taught started freelance work in high school. Really knowledgeable and never saw the need for a degree in order to earn his living. He just let his raw skill speak for itself. He’s one of our stallions. Although it’s obvious he’s a rare case, he’s the reason why we started looking at self-taught candidates more closely, and it’s worked great for us.”
This kind of experience is quite common. The 2018 Developer Skills Report – found that 70% of developers are at least partially self-taught.
Overlook Less-Qualified Candidates at your Peril
The question are CVs still relevant in recruitment begs a simple answer. Of course, qualifications and other impressive items on a candidate’s CV will always be important. However, what really matters is how well they can do the job. Soft skills, talent and the value people can bring to the business are not obvious from looking at CVs. It is, therefore, always worth giving those weaker CVs a second look.
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