Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New Job-Matching Tool Uses Personality Traits Rather Than Skills - FASTCOMPANY

by Lydia Dishman 
Originally published: March 18, 2016

Talify tests college students for personality, leadership, empathy, and more to help hiring managers make better recruiting decisions.

It’s a conundrum faced by scores of recent graduates: You can’t get a job without experience, but you need have a job to gain said experience. Internships can help, but nothing spells "qualified" on a resume better than an actual full-time position.

Which is why many graduates accept the first job they’re offered, regardless of fit. A report by advisory firm CEB found that as many as one in five graduates apply for jobs that aren’t a match for their interests. It’s no surprise that CEB also reports that a quarter of all graduates leave those positions within the first year. 

The onus isn’t only on the job seekers. An overwhelming majority (95%) of companies admit to recruiting the wrong people each year. As employers are planning to hire about 15% more college graduates this year, according to a Michigan State University study, simply finding a person to fill the position is costly.

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