Exposed!!! How employers filter CVs to get the right candidate

Most job seekers are worried when they apply for a job, they really don’t know what happens to their CVs behind the employer’s desk, Fear not for is here to inform you about the CV filtering process.

It is very logical and wise for you to consider how employers filter through your CV as this will provide you with the requisite motivation as to how to tailor make your CVs to bag the job.

Let’s take an intricate look at the filtering process after an employer has advertised a job.

Let’s say there are 200CV’s on the desk for one position. The list needs to get down to 10 for further proper consideration and a full read before sending 5-6 to the employer for consideration for interview. Assume the recruitment staff have about an hour to do this task. Here’s what happens:

Step 1 : The 5 second look at each CV.
After the first step the following CVs will go into the bin
• Anything longer than 4 pages. Can’t be bothered to read.
• No profile or list of skills on the front page. Don’t want to search for them.
• CV is a big essay with sentences. No bullet points. Too much hassle to read.
Okay, how many are left? Lets say the answer is 400. What’s next?

Step 2 : Do a quick 10 second scan of each front page:
The following CVs will go into the bin
• Profile and skills on front page does not really match requirement.
Okay, they are now down to 80.

Step 3: Time to build a ‘potentials’ pile.
The following CVs will stay in:
• Profile and skills on front page exactly match requirements.

There are now 10 CV’s left and the employer will now look beyond the first page. These are the non technical qualities they will be looking for:
• At least the last 6-12 months experience are closely related to the skills required.
• The candidate has contracts that have been renewed. Lots of small contracts and no renewals can indicate trouble.
• The candidate has worked for blue chip companies.
• The candidate has a good academic background.
Any candidate meeting the criteria will potentially get interviewed. Assuming your CV is a true reflection of your skills the interview stage is then about whether you face fits the organisation – do they like you? Can they trust you? Will you get on working together?