The Results Are In: What Resume/Interview “Red Flags” Are You Willing to Overlook in This Tight Labor Market?

With job openings at all-time highs and companies struggling to fill needed roles, it goes without saying we’re in a hiring crunch. And in this tight labor market, hiring managers are expanding their talent pool in order to fill job orders. From overlooking gaps in employment to giving a pass to someone with a lack of experience, sometimes hiring managers need to find creative ways to expand the number of qualified job candidates. Even if it means curbing traditional requirements for their companies.

In February, we asked our readers what traditional “red flags” they are willing to overlook to hire job candidates, and the results are across the board.

The top answer to the monthly poll, with 21%, was “gaps in employment,” followed closely by “doesn’t meet minimum experience requirements,” with 20%. In third place with 18% was “doesn’t meet education/certification requirements, while “job hopping” came in fourth with 15%. The rest of the results are as follows:

  • Grammar mistakes, typos, errors on resume (12%)
  • Lack of supervisory experience (9%)
  • Disorganized/unprepared during the interview (3%)

Less than 2% of respondents chose the “other” option. Here are a few of their responses:

  • “Some criminal convictions”
  • “We are willing to overlook just about anything. Have decided to take on the inexperienced.”
  • “Appearance – tattoos, piercings, hair styles, etc.”
  • “Non-violent felonies”

Regardless of what your company is doing to overcome hiring challenges during the current talent shortage, one thing is certain: finding the right candidate goes beyond resumes and cover letters. The interview process is crucial when filling open jobs. Check out these Refresh Leadership articles to learn some tips and tricks to go beyond the resume and hire the best available candidate for your company.

What are your favorite interview questions to ask job candidates? How have you overcome the current hiring crunch? Let us know in the comments section below!

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