Skip to content Skip to navigation

Testing the Candidate's Communication Skills.

September 14, 2008
by Tim Tolan
| Reprints

Most of our clients retain our services to profile, source and find the best possible candidate for a critical position opening. While tenure, educational pedigree, career accomplishments and experience are all important criteria in narrowing the candidate pool - so are communication skills. The ability to face the market and other executives in the organization with solid communication skills is paramount in employers making the right hiring decision.

We always screen each candidate and interview them by phone and in person multiple times before they become a finalist for a given position. We also have each candidate complete a detailed candidate questionnaire that is relevant to the position they are interviewing for. My advice to any candidate that is asked to complete a candidate questionnaire is to take your time and think thru each question and your answer. Write your answers down on paper, read each question out load and make sure you are articulating your thought process with as much detail and logic possible. Short answers to detailed questions are a non-starter.

This is NOT the time to take shortcuts.

Your answers show the prospective employer how you think, communicate and the thought process you put into answering each question. My suggestion is to take your time. Clients tell us that many candidates that are successful and receive the job offer over others are tied to how well they did in showcasing their communication skills. Do not let the search firm you are working with force you to complete the questionnaire until you have time to do it right!

In the end - you will be glad you took the time to make sure the prospective employer sees you and your skill set in the best possible light.

Topics

Comments

Anthony:

Agreed. We customize each questionnaire based on client feedback and the position profile. No templates are used as each job has its own scope, requirements and every client has their very own culture.

Starting from scratch is the only way to go.

great advice Tim. I've found that the easiest way to screen out a resume or cover letter is if you can tell it was rushed, or is being used for many positions, with little effort at customization. Although it takes more time, I would caution against using any kind of template, as the tendency is to customize around the edges. Best to start from scratch, as the final product will always come out better and more appealing to a potential employer.

Communication is the only way to interact with a person to share the feelings and emotions. But apart from feelings and emotion we should take the support of communication to develop our business marketing goals and strategies. Communication is also very essential for students and job seekers to develop their job searching and career building skills.
http://www.slideshare.net/certifiedcoaches/enhance-personal-effectiveness-communicate-more-effectively-51383548

Tim Tolan

Senior Partner, Sanford Rose Associates Healthcare IT Practice

@@TimTolan

http://sanfordrose.net/thetolangroup/

To help readers cope with the shortage of skilled healthcare IT workers, Tim Tolan’s blog...