Employers get tough in targeting talent

Employers are making recruitment procedures increasingly rigorous to make
sure they employ only the best candidates.

A survey by publisher GTI of 500 companies reveals online screening of job
applicants has risen from 12 per cent in 2000 to 54 per cent in 2001.

More than a quarter of employers used some form of psychometric test last
year, up from 17 per cent the previous year.

Graduate Recruitment Trends also shows employers are increasingly demanding
graduates demonstrate essential skills during job interviews.

Four out of 10 companies used group exercises last year, a rise of 14 per
cent on the previous year, and the proportion of firms asking candidates to
give presentations jumped 12 per cent to 37 per cent over the same period.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters,
said the study shows HR is under increasing pressure to select the right
candidates in a difficult economic climate.

"Graduate recruiters recognise the cost of recruitment and want to be
certain the people they select have the capacity to be successful," said

"This is driven by a need to select people with the skills to make a
contribution to business success quickly."


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