Saturday, July 22, 2006

Experience or Qualification

Academic qualifications are useful in demonstrating that a person has achieved a high level of knowledge in a particular subject and developed a range of skills, such as analysing or written communication, that can be useful in working environments,"

"However, they should never be used as the sole means of judging whether a candidate has what it takes to succeed in an organization and any business that relies on qualifications in isolation is just taking a short cut.

Well sounds familiar, a typical question which most of us in HR face when we come across CV’s. So what’s more important the qualification, degree or the experience?

A study of 375 major European employers by HR consultancy Cubiks found that fewer than one in 10 (eight per cent) believe that academic qualifications are always a reliable indicator of how a candidate will perform in a role.

The survey also revealed that lies and exaggerations have become common features of application forms and CVs with almost nine out of organizations encountering both of these on a regular basis.

To compound the difficulties for employers, it appears that dishonest or inappropriate candidates are not being identified and rejected early on in the recruitment process. Six out of 10 employers said that they have had to withdraw job offers at the very last minute following the receipt of a poor personal reference.

The most common reasons for businesses rejecting candidates are because they lack the core abilities needed to do the job or because of a poor personality fit.

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