You may never know why you didn’t get chosen for a job interview but a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters’ decision-making behaviour.
According to recent research, recruiters spend an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates and I am sorry to say, in my case, it is occasionally much quicker than that.
The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to “record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task.”
So what gets looked at first…?
In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education. Personally, if I was reading your CV I would like to see a summary of your skills right at the top and my method of reading a CV matches the results of the study.
With such critical time constraints, please make it easier for me to find pertinent information. Create a resume with a clear visual hierarchy and don’t include distracting visuals since “such visual elements reduced recruiters’ analytical capability and hampered decision-making” and kept them from “locating the most relevant information, like skills and experience.” As I have mentioned before, don’t use any fancy formatting such as borders, bullet points or shading, it really does not help!
Please also bear in mind I use Boolean search strings to find you so it is important to ensure your key skills are listed on your CV. It really is quite easy to make your CV more likely to be selected and that is what we both want