What are Hiring Managers Looking for?

Woman holding a hired sign.The newly released 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator Report prepared by the Career Advisory Board at DeVry University indicates a job skills gap, as well as findings on how hiring managers make their selections of candidates.

The report shows that at the entry-level the greatest gap between what hiring managers are looking for and what candidates possess occurs with adaptability and written communication skills. When it comes to tools that hiring managers use to evaluate candidates, 69% of respondents indicated that they use measurable criteria when evaluating candidates, an indication that more hiring managers are systematizing the evaluation process.

Whether you work with students or adults, this information may be helpful as you work with them on developing employability and interviewing skills. To read the report’s Executive Summary, go to http://careeradvisoryboard.org/public/uploads/2014/12/2014-JPI-Executive-Summary.pdf.