Effort on the CV is a good indicator of interest

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Image from The Italian VoiceCurriculum Vitae” March 2, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

A general heuristic you could apply when hiring good testers is to assume that the effort on a CV is directly related to how interested the candidate is in working for you.

The more effort applied to tailoring the CV – the more they are someone you want to hire. If you’re looking to hire a great test tester you’ll ideally be looking for people who want to work with you, and not just want any old job.

This is a good heuristic to use, but as always, it is fallible.

Generally speaking though a CV that has been tailored thoughtfully to match your job advert is often the sign of a tester who cares about working for you.

A boiler plate CV with no tailoring is a sure sign of someone who just wants a job – any job.

Be careful though. Not everyone knows how to write good CVs or tailor an application. You may miss some great candidates by applying the heuristic with no other key indicators.

In my opinion though if someone wants to work for you then they will take care and effort over the application.

Care and effort on the application manifests itself in a clean and simple CV with carefully chosen details to support their application. It will contain a sentence or two about each of the aspects in your job advert, even if it’s a simple statement saying “I am currently learning X” or “I am keen to understand more about Y”. It shows they care. And testers that care are the testers you’ll likely want to hire.

In my experience the better the CV – the better the candidate

2 thoughts to “Effort on the CV is a good indicator of interest”

  1. In my experience the better the CV – the better the candidate.

    – I some what, disagree on this.

    I have seen people have excellent CV, done by giving money and gets recruited, But – what if they don’t have hands-on experience on them?

    1. Hi,

      I suspect that if they get hired just because of the good CV then the hiring manager has some deeper issues. The CV is just a tiny part of the recruitment process and it is indeed possible to pay to get a good one – I personally help people tell compelling stories through their CV. But most hiring processes should catch out those candidates that don’t match the CV – if you’re hiring from CV alone then good luck 🙂

      Thanks for pointing this angle out to me and thanks for the comments.

      Rob

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