Do You Solely Rely on CVs?

 21 October 2015

A significant proportion of employers rely solely on CVs during their recruitment process – if this applies to you, you are not alone! However, recent research indicating that over 60% of CVs contain at least one serious discrepancy. Although CVs do have their uses, this startling figure casts serious doubt on the amount of reliance employers can place on them.

This is not the only reason Alpha advise employers against using CVs as a sole means of assessing candidates. By their very nature, CVs are written by the applicant and will therefore only tell you what the individual concerned wants you to hear! Even if the applicant doesn’t go so far as lying on their CV, they may well be hiding something negative that may be of real interest to you.

Implementing an application form, specific to your business, is a much more reliable way of ensuring that the person who is applying for the job will give you the information you would like to know about. In addition, you can make any subsequent offer of employment conditional on the form being completed honestly. Any false, misleading or inaccurate information may result in a job offer being withdrawn or (if they are already employed by this point) dismissal without notice.

Alpha are able to help improve your recruitment process to give you the ability to select the best staff for your business in the role you are recruiting for. If you are interested in implementing an application form that gives you all the information you need, please feel free to contact us. We are specialists in providing bespoke documents tailored to the needs of your company


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