A CV emblazoned with A*s and impressive internships will inevitably catch the eye of an recruiter, but if it isn’t treated in context, the full story might be missed. So as a recruiter how do you see through the veneer of an applicant’s resume and make the most informed recruitment decisions possible?

Two candidates, both A*AA

Let’s take a common example: you’re looking at two candidates who achieved A*AA at A-Level and undertook multiple internships at leading employers before applying to your company. How do you decide between them?

How a CRS can help

A Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) can help you dig deeper and to reveal the candidate’s performance in context. With PiC’s CRS you get two insights on each applicant you would not otherwise have.

Applicant A in context

For applicant A, you would see that they:

  1. Achieved A*AA at a school where they out-performed 60% of their peers academically
  2. Were in the top 5% most advantaged young people in the country growing up

Applicant B in context

For applicant B, you would see that they:

  1. Achieved A*AA at a school where they out-performed 85% of their peers academically
  2. Were in the bottom 40% most disadvantaged young people in the country growing up

Impact of understanding performance in context

Armed with these telling insights, you can now make a more informed decision by taking into account the merit of rank in class at school as well as overcoming socio-economic odds.

Three candidates, A*AA, AAA, and AAA

But there is yet another scenario in which businesses not using a CRS will miss out completely on spotting talent, namely assessing applicants who do not meet the academic threshold. So for example let’s imagine a third candidate achieves only an AAA grade. It’s not as good as the others, so you might well moved them to the bottom of the pile.

Applicant C in context

However, when you start to understand this candidate in context it turns out that this candidate’s achievements are rather astonishing. They:

  1. Achieved AAA at a school where they out-performed 95% of their peers academically
  2. Were in the bottom 10% most disadvantaged young people in the country growing up

Get the full picture

When you start to see the full picture, the narrative becomes richer, decision-making easier and more considered. More widely, your organisation will be helping as well as benefiting from, a more complete and comprehensive view of merit, helping to improve access.

With so many benefits, why wouldn’t you use a CRS?