Important selection criteria when recruiting

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 by Charlotte HannaNo comments

If you look up the role description or selection criteria of many jobs today, you will notice most employers look for certain things: teamwork skills, work experience, demonstrated analytical and research skills, leadership skills etc.

But what do employers actually look for? It's often not what they state in the selection criteria? We believe that the following are all very important

  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Passion / Knowledge of industry
  • Analytical skills / Problem solving
  • Calibre of academic results
  • Work experience
  • Cultural fit
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Team working skills
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Leadership skills

When the rankings of these key selection criteria are examined within employer industries, ‘Interpersonal and communication skills’ remained the single most frequently nominated selection criterion for all of the industry groups under examination.

‘Critical reasoning and analytical skills’ was not highly ranked for employers in the Legal industry compared to others.

‘Calibre of academic results’ was an important selection criterion for employers in Legal (ranked third), as well as ‘Emotional intelligence’.

Overall, ‘Leadership skills’ was considered to be the least important selection criterion to graduate employers, with employers potentially viewing this as a skill that can be fostered within an organisation once a graduate begins in a program.

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