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Screening for the "Write" Candidate

With unemployment at the highest levels we’ve seen in a while, it’s pretty much a buyer’s market – a sharp turnaround from the seller’s market of just a few years ago when if you could fog a mirror you’d get hired.

With so many candidates to choose from, companies should take precautions to position themselves with the absolute best people and create the best “team” to handle the business increase once the economy turns around.

One of the skills identified by companies as being necessary for success is the ability to communicate. The problem is that too often in the screening process, we judge communication skill simply by how well a person talks. We often neglect checking one’s ability to write.

Considering our growing dependence on E-mail, it is important to discover how well a candidate communicates via the written word. Consider having applicants write a letter or two as a part of the hiring process. Give them a few topics and tell them to draft letter. You’ll need to give them some time to do this, but the letters you get back will give you good insight into your candidate ability to communicate. In the day-to-day operations, that’s important to your bottom line.
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