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5 Tools Employers Use to Determine if You’re the Right Fit

Posted by JobNewsRADIO
Apr 11 2011

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5 Tools Employers Use to

Determine if You’re the Right Fit

What to expect: Employer assessments and candidate testing

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What to expect: Employer assessments and candidate testing

Posted By: Jessica Holbrook In: Job Seeker - Interview

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If you’re considering changing jobs for the first time in a while, or find yourself unemployed after many years with the same company, you may run across some surprising requests during your job search. Among the things you may encounter:

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Personality tests

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More and more employers are requiring candidates to complete personality screenings prior to offering them an interview. These types of assessments are particularly common in jobs where you would be required to deal with the public on a regular basis. They’re also widespread in jobs where integrity is paramount, such as positions dealing with money transactions.

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Skills assessments

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A lot of job descriptions require a “demonstrated aptitude” in a particular software program or type of analysis. Beware that this often means that the employer will test you on these skills as part of the interview process. Sometimes you have to pass these tests before even being considered for an interview. For instance, I know someone who was required to complete an hour-long practice test just to apply online for a job as a bank teller.

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Credit checks

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Some companies require applicants to sign a disclosure of their credit report as part of the application process, even for positions that don’t directly deal with finances. Many applicants find this practice invasive, but unfortunately there’s little way around it, other than choosing to not apply at companies that request this information.

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College transcripts

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Most people haven’t seen a copy of their academic transcripts in years. If that’s true for you, you may want to consider ordering a new copy from every university you attended. Some universities offer unofficial transcripts for free, and these are generally accepted by employers. Some companies will ask you to bring copies of your transcripts to an interview in order to substantiate that you have the degrees you claim on your resume.

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Government ID

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If you make it through the interview process and start a new job, you will be required to produce two forms of government identification in order to start your tax paperwork. While a driver’s license is sufficient as one form of ID, you’ll also need your social security card, birth certificate, or passport as a secondary form. If you don’t know where any of those things are, now’s a good time to order another copy—before you need them on short notice for a new job.

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Job hunting is a stressful process, and it can be made even more so when you encounter employer requests that you aren’t expecting. Keeping your personal records and documentation organized can help reduce some of the stress of the application process and interview process.

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To secure the interview and move on to the next step in the hiring process ensure you’re giving yourself the best competitive edge available by utilizing a professionally-developed resume and cover letter. It’s important to know that you’re competing against other candidates who are using professionally prepared documents and those candidates have a 77% chance of winning the interview over those who don’t utilize professionally-written resumes. Give yourself the competitive advantage you deserve today and start getting interviews now.

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Comments

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Posted by: kremie On: 4/5/2011 3:25:40 PM

You forgot to mention behind the scenes judgements by the employer of whether the candidate looks like them, talks like them, etc. These are still prominent in many HR depts.

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Posted by: John Bigler On: 4/6/2011 6:06:01 PM

Well, let us be frank. I am from an older school of thought. Even though there are greater risks in hiring companies to find honest employees, I find it a bit overboard to think it would take an hour to complete a test for a bank teller. I found most non college grads can work as a teller at a bank. Of course might be a big problem to have to train someone trying to make a living while going to school so they do not have to be a bank teller. Who would make that a career? That would be like I want to be a paper boy for the rest of my life. It dose not take an hour to see if a person can fit the job.

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Posted by: Yolanda Vidales On: 4/6/2011 6:58:26 PM

Regarding ID, the back of the I-9 form lists all the documents that anyone will need in case of hired, not before. If the person has one document in list A, does not need any other document, which includes the SS card. The employer cannot indicate what document(s) must be showed, and cannot ask for different or more than listed on the back of I-9 form, which is clear in what and how many.

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Posted by: Shelley Dempsey On: 4/6/2011 8:14:59 PM

Good to know. Appreciate the heads-up.

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Posted by: Debra Suber On: 4/7/2011 11:54:55 AM

I really appreciate the advice that is given on this website. I havn't had an interview in over 15yrs WOW THANKS

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Posted by: Pamela Jolley On: 4/8/2011 10:17:51 AM

I find when a prospective employer wants to do a credit checkm it is invasive. I am in a position that I have bad credit because I cannot find a job. Also they pull up workers' comp info. If you use the system, it is used against you as well. Employers don't want to hire if you have been on workers' comp.

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Posted by: K Perrin On: 4/8/2011 2:34:44 PM

I have a hard time with companies that use credit checks for a basis of a job offer. When someone is unemployed for any length of time their credit is going to suffer, usually through no fault of their own. So to be excluded because of a low credit score doesn't mean that you are not qualified to do the job, all it means is that your credit score is going to drop even further.

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Posted by: Robert Campbell On: 4/8/2011 4:11:38 PM

Times has changed now when employers are pre-screening items on an applicant's job application or resume; requiring selected applicants to take tests and bring their unoffical college transcripts to the initial job interview. You have to do what you got to do to GET HIRED.

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Posted by: Sinnie Maze On: 4/8/2011 8:05:41 PM

I thought that using a credit check was against the law now for employers. Good to know that they are still using it. I have been unemployed for 2 years. I need all the insight I can get to find a job

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Posted by: Harper On: 4/11/2011 6:58:46 PM

If you think age is not a factor in hiring, you are wrong. I have been unemployed for 2 years and have a degree and years of experience, but my hair was beautiful silver. I got no results so I now color my hair. I still encounter discrimination in this area.

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Retailers asking online job applicants for their ages?

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Apr 03 2011

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Retailers asking online job applicants for ages?

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Posted By: Staff Editor On: 4/03/2011 10:14:11 AM In: Diversity in the Workplace

There has been news that some large employers are asking applicants to disclose their age on their online applications.

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Supermarket Jobs - Grocery Jobs - Food Jobs

As if this job market hasn't been challenging enough for the over-50 workforce, now comes news that some large employers are asking applicants to disclose their age on their online applications.

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The Huffington Post reports that several large retailers, including The Home Depot, Kroger and Target, are asking jobseekers to state their date of birth on their forms. While the law does not forbid this, it could be an invitation to an age discrimination lawsuit.

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At least one of the retailers mentioned in the HuffPost story, Kroger, says it asks for applicants' birth dates "to ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing the employment of minors or establishing age requirements for certain tasks" and that hiring managers do not see the ages of applicants over 21. The others told the HuffPost that they use the information only to conduct background checks once candidates are hired.

Still, as several human resources professionals quoted in the story note, the practice leaves employers vulnerable to charges of age discrimination. Older workers, who already have a harder time finding work than younger workers in the current job market, are filing age discrimination complaints at a higher rate these days; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says such complaints accounted for 24.4% of all employment discrimination complaints in fiscal 2009.

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Older workers seeking jobs in retail are responding by working around the requirement, filling in the birthdate boxes with zeroes. Others have resorted to subterfuge by lying about their birthdates. One job seeker quoted in the HuffPost story, Ruth Lyons, a florist who was laid off in the fall of 2008, said she kept getting passed over for interviews at one retailer in her area until she gave a later, fake birthdate on her application. Then she got called in, and her charm and personality got her the job on the spot.

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Which suggests that lying might be a good strategy for the older job seeker in a job market lousy with younger, cheaper workers. Ruth Lyons strategically lied her way to a new job; would you? Think about this for a minute and share your thoughts in the comments.

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By Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is a veteran freelance writer, editor and public relations professional who lives in Philadelphia. Besides blogging for RetailGigs.com, he has written for numerous publications and websites, would be happy to do your resume, and is himself actively seeking career opportunities on Beyond.com. Check out his LinkedIn profile.

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