In this episode of The Recruitment Roundup Podcast, the focus is on the importance of skills-based recruitment and strategies to effectively expand the talent pool. The hosts explore the shift from traditional qualifications-based recruitment to a more skill-centric approach and provides insights on how recruiters can master this approach to attract a wider range of qualified candidates.

Listeners can learn valuable insights and strategies for implementing a skills-based approach to recruitment. They will understand the limitations of qualifications-based recruitment and the importance of assessing candidates’ actual skills and competencies. The podcast provides guidance on defining key skills, evaluating candidates’ abilities through practical exercises or assessments, and leveraging technology for efficient evaluation. Additionally, listeners will gain an understanding of the value of ongoing skill development and the role it plays in attracting and retaining top talent. By implementing these learnings, recruiters can expand their talent pool, identify candidates with the necessary skills for success, and enhance the overall quality of their hires.

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Mike LeatherĀ 

Phil Mellows-FacerĀ 

Key Takeaways:

Shift from Qualifications to Skills: Move away from solely focusing on candidates’ educational qualifications or previous job titles and instead prioritise assessing their actual skills and competencies. This allows for a more comprehensive evaluation and expands the potential talent pool.

Define Key Skills and Competencies: Clearly define the key skills and competencies required for each position to effectively evaluate candidates. This ensures that the selection process is aligned with the specific skill requirements of the role.

Practical Assessments and Exercises: Provide candidates with opportunities to demonstrate their skills through practical exercises or assessments. This hands-on approach enables recruiters to observe firsthand how candidates apply their skills in real-world scenarios.

Leverage Technology for Evaluation: Utilise technology, such as skill assessment platforms or video interviews, to efficiently evaluate candidates’ abilities. Technology can streamline the assessment process, provide objective evaluations and save time for both hiring managers and candidates.

Adopt Ongoing Skill Development: Emphasise the importance of ongoing skill development and offer learning and development opportunities. This not only attracts top talent but also creates a culture of continuous improvement and helps retain skilled employees.

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