3 seconds is enough to decide on the candidate’s profile. Biometric research results.

The first stage of the candidate screening usually consists of reviewing the CV or Linkedin profile. Such a preliminary analysis takes an experienced recruiter from a few to several dozen seconds. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that the fate of a candidate is decided in literally seconds. Someone with no recruitment experience could ask – are several seconds sufficient to correctly screen candidates’ profiles?

The purpose of screening is to exclude candidates that do not meet the recruitment process’s essential criteria. Analyzing a few dozen, sometimes several hundred words that make up a typical candidate’s profile, focusing primarily on the description of professional experience and the skills indicated, is indeed a matter of seconds, not minutes for a professional recruiter. The screening time is naturally shorter if we have fewer criteria to look for and if a candidate’s profile has a short content. In extreme cases, when a very short profile is analyzed, a recruiter’s decision is made literally in 3 seconds.

Employee recruitment - biometric research results

As an example, I present below the results of the biometric (eye-tracking) analysis of two profiles by an experienced recruiter. The research was conducted in connection with the development of automation of sourcing and screening processes in our Element ATS. You can read a bit more about this biometric research, and even see me in special eye-tracking equipment, here.

The results of the research are presented in the form of so-called heat maps. The study follows the recruiter’s vision during profile analysis. Thanks to this, we know in what order the candidate’s profile elements are analyzed by the recruiter and how long it takes to examine particular aspects and the full profile. You can see red spots on the heat map mark—these mark elements, on which the recruiter’s eyesight has focused the longest.

The first profile is lacking most of the important information. Recruiter analyzed the profile for about 3 seconds:

The second profile, well completed, experienced candidate. The analysis took the recruiter a few dozen seconds:

Conclusions - initial online recruitment

  • A well-filled profile is an absolute basis for drawing the recruiter’s attention for more than a few seconds.
  • An efficient recruiter needs several to several dozen seconds to decide whether a profile meets the basic requirements for the recruitment process.
  • Description of professional experience is the most important, and this element is prioritized in screening.

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Maciej Michalewski

Maciej Michalewski

CEO @ Element. Recruitment Automation Software

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