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Hiring: How to Decide Between Two Equal Candidates?

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If you’re charge of hiring someone, deciding who to hire can be a colossal challenge. How are you going to compare one applicant to the next? How are you going to make a final decision? How will you know if you made the right choice? These are all questions that are sure to be on your mind.

Like most, you probably have a system in place for hiring employees. That being said, it doesn't mean you are doing things the right way. It doesn't mean you should stick with your current strategy, ignoring other ideas that could work in your favor.

While experience and strong job related skills are always considered when hiring an employee, others take additional factors into consideration. A CareerBuilder study dug into the finer details of the many factors that often times play a part in who gets hired.

The study included 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals. Each person was asked if they had two equal candidates, which factors would push them towards one over the other. Responses included:

  • The candidate with the better sense of humor - 27 percent
  • The candidate who is involved in their community - 26 percent
  • The candidate who is best dressed - 22 percent
  • The candidate who the hiring party has more in common with - 21 percent
  • The candidate who is more fit - 13 percent
  • The candidate who is more up to date on current affairs - 8 percent
  • The candidate who is more involved in social media - 7 percent
  • The candidate who is knowledgeable about sports - 4 percent

As you can see, there are many factors that go into making a hiring decision. If you are torn between two applicants, you must consider other details that can sway your decision one direction or the other.

Do you agree with the responses of the 2,000 + business professionals who have used these factors to determine who gets hired?