Troubling Truths About Hiring Practices

Troubling Truths About Hiring Practices

Troubling Truths About Hiring Practices

Four out of 10 IT professionals say it's common for people to get jobs for which they're unqualified.
You've probably sat at your desk on more than one occasion and asked yourself, "How did that person ever get his/her job?" A recent survey from TEKsystems provides one likely answer. The study reveals that a lack of thoroughness during the screening process of IT job applicants may contribute significantly to these problems. Among reported lapses, candidates are getting away with résumé misrepresentations, and reference checking is spotty at best. As a result, the survey indicates, many tech workers are hired for positions for which they aren't qualified. "If nearly half of your team were unqualified for their positions, you'd feel the pain—and so would your customers," says Rachel Russell, TEKsystems director. "Given the number of business demands IT departments must satisfy, quality screening practices are essential to gaining a competitive advantage." More than 2,050 IT professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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