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What is Skills-Based Hiring and Could it be the Answer to Your Hiring Gap?

Skills-Based Hiring

Company and HR leaders have realized that shifting focus from degrees and experience to whether someone can actually perform the job has largely opened up their talent pool.

Skills-based hiring is a recruitment method that hones in on an applicant's skills and competencies instead of focusing solely on educational background/experience.

Why is it Becoming More Popular?

Employers are combating the tough labor market by attracting new workers with fewer job requirements. With this being said, employers are finding that they can hire workers with less experience/education and train them over time, which helps with retention and alleviates hiring costs.

How to Implement More Skills-Based Hiring into Your Recruitment Efforts

Work with your HR provider to determine the necessary skillset(s) for each role you wish to begin skills-based hiring. Typically, those roles are ones that you have had a difficult time filling in the past.

Now that you've established what skills an applicant should have, your HR provider should develop different tests and assessments that measure an applicant's suitability for the job. After applicants take these tests, you'll have a good idea of your talent pool.

Before any interviews are held, familiarize yourself with skills-based recruiting and interview techniques (as they differ from traditional interviews) that highlight education over skills.

Are skills more important than educational degrees?

  • Yes, of course.

  • No way!


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