Online job hunting has changed the game in recent years, but the sheer breadth of resumes that make their way to hiring managers' inboxes means it takes more than the right font to help a candidate stand out.
Earlier today, Indeed announced a new feature designed to help job seekers get noticed. Skills-based assessments and their results can now be added to Indeed Resumes, further highlighting applicant skills and qualifications for hiring managers.
"Assessments allow job seekers to show employers they have the skills a job requires in a way that their work history or educational background may not," said Raj Mukherjee, SVP of product at Indeed.
How it works
Since resumes don't necessarily highlight a potential candidate's skill set, representatives at Indeed say this new feature will "help employers find and evaluate candidates based on their skills and abilities while also giving job seekers a way to demonstrate their qualifications when applying for jobs."
With this new feature implemented, job hunters with an Indeed account can select any of the more than 50 prebuilt skills assessments related to industries like administration, customer service, technology and sales. Officials said each assessment was designed by psychologists. Once completed, an assessment's results can be attached to a user's shared resume.
"We believe this is an important step to providing a more holistic view of a job seeker's capabilities and to help to reduce bias in hiring and to focus on what matters most – skills," said Mukherjee.
Assessments speed up hiring
Assessments to help employers weed out candidates who don't meet an open position's requirements have been part of Indeed's onsite screening process since last May. The feature originated from the job site's acquisition of automated screening company Interviewed in 2017.
At the time, Indeed President Chris Hyams said the acquisition was a "natural extension, allowing job seekers to demonstrate their skills, and enabling employers to quickly and easily identify the best candidates for their roles."
Since the feature's implementation, candidates who completed an Indeed Assessment sent to them by a hiring manager were 30 percent more likely to get a positive response, while employers have seen a 27 percent reduction in their time to hire.
Starting today, Indeed Assessments are free to all users with an account on the site. Signing up is free, as is uploading a resume and searching for job openings.