Stop Excluding 95% of Your Applicant Pool
By clinging to a degree requirement and a certain number of years of experience, employers eliminate 90 percent or more of otherwise qualified candidates right from the start. Certain language choices also discourage diverse candidates from applying. However, many of those candidates do possess the skills and competencies required because they are self-taught, learned on the job, or have training that falls short of the degree status. So, how can employers boost their applicant pool?
Skills-based hiring puts a premium on sourcing and screening candidates based on their combination of specific professional and technical skills required to do the job, rather than their years of experience or formal education. The tech industry has adopted this strategy. It can work for you, too.