The job market is changing and the interview process is changing right along with it. More than ever, companies are on the hunt for employees with stellar soft skills, but they’re struggling to find them. In fact, more than 60% of recruiters indicated that soft skills don’t always come across during the interview process.
We spoke to thousands of recruiters and hiring managers around the world to get the download on how they’re screening candidates in this new professional landscape. We all have different ideas of what success looks like, but no matter what career or path you choose, here are the insights we uncovered to get you one step closer.
Here’s everything you need to know about interviewing in 2018.
- Traditional interviews still lead the way. While there’s been a lot of innovation in the interviewing space, a majority of hiring professionals still adhere to the industry standards – phone screens, structured and panel interviews, and work assignments – as the most effective way to assess candidates. However, they fall short in one area: evaluating soft skills.
- New tools on the block. Companies realize there are changes that need to be made to fight hiring biases and make sure they find the best person for the job. There are several tools recruiters are using now, including soft skill assessments, meeting in a more casual setting, even leveraging virtual reality, to access this new class of highly important skills.
- The future of the interview. Your interview roadmap will likely never be the same. Gone are the days of sending your resume to hundreds of recruiters. Expect to see more comprehensive, research-based interview tactics like job auditions, soft skill evaluations, and virtual reality assessments.
Now you know what’s changing, here’s some tips to make sure you’re prepared:
- Prepare for behavioral interview questions. Behavioral interview questions can be the toughest part of the interview and top the list for what hiring managers use to evaluate soft skills. Often, they’re looking for skills such as teamwork, leadership, and time management. Here are some tips on how to rock your behavioral interview and the list of most in-demand skills to brush up on.
- Highlight the right skills. It may not always be a real person doing the first scan of your interview, often technology systems take the first pass to make sure candidates have what the company is looking for. This means the content in your resume is important. Make sure you’re showcasing the right stuff by tapping into the power of Resume Assistant, which shows you work experience and top skills from real professionals just like you.
- Talk to someone with the right insight. There’s nothing more valuable than a conversation with someone who has the insight you need to take the next step in your career. Career Advice can match you with professionals who can give you advice on how to best achieve your definition of success.
This is just the first installment in our series on recruiting trends in 2018. Stay tuned for more insight from thousands of hiring professionals who are looking for talent just like you. In the meantime, explore your next opportunity on LinkedIn.