The traditional curriculum vitae, more commonly referred to as a CV, has long been a popular method used to shortlist candidates for a new job role. It is the quickest piece of literature that informs a recruiter of a candidate’s skills at a glance and the journey that they have taken in their career so far.
As recruitment experts predict that the CV will eventually die out, and with more companies opting to ditch the CV, it’s likely that new methods will be introduced to screen candidates in future. And one example of this has already taken place at MediaCom. Speaking at HR Grapevine Live last month, Nancy Lengthorn, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Future Talent at MediaCom UK, told attendees that MediaCom has in fact binned all CVs for entry level roles and has instead rolled out an application process that consists of screening questions. Examples of these questions include: ‘Give an example of when you have been brave?’. In addition, the company also asks candidates to submit a video and take part in a panel discussion whereby jobseekers are able to reveal a great deal more about their personality and soft skills, which can’t necessarily be showcased in a CV.
Following the introduction of automation, video and social media, which all now play a huge role in how jobseekers seek and apply for roles, there could be a point in time where the CV is viewed as redundant – and if potential employees are opting for alternative ways to apply for jobs, surely recruiters will have to comply?
To gauge the thoughts of the industry, Recruitment Grapevine caught up with three recruiters to find out whether or not the CV is dated…