Big data is already revolutionizing the way we do business; but new big data applications are also changing the way companies assess job candidates and make hiring decisions. Big data revelations are suggesting radical new benchmarks for judging employee compatibility and projecting potential employee longevity that are being eagerly adopted by corporate human resource departments. Interestingly, big data is also shooting holes in some long-held employer beliefs, possibly opening doors for certain workers that have traditionally had difficulty finding employment.
As employers make increasing use of big data, the information you put on your resume is still most likely to get you an interview; but getting the job may depend less on your work experience and more on your answers to seemingly innocuous interview questions.
Whether you’re job hunting or looking for clients for a freelance business you recently launched on Zoondy, it pays to know what information is driving business decisions. A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed some of the more interesting new employment revelations disclosed by big data:
- Workers that are comfortable with and knowledgeable about a broader scope of internet platforms and tools make better employees. For example, in one measurement, employees that downloaded Chrome or Firefox instead of using company-installed browsers seemed to make more informed decisions on the job.
- Honesty is a better measurement of employee fitness than experience. In a personality test, job applicants that honestly stated their computer expertise lasted longer than those who overstated their abilities. (The tricky control question used to verify an honest answer asked applicants “What does control-V do?”)
- Busting a long-held stereotype against the long-term unemployed, big data analysis found that long periods of unemployment did not diminish a worker’s ability to perform on the job.
- An even bigger myth buster, big data revealed that a criminal background did not impact a worker’s job performance or probable longevity on the job. In fact, many workers with minor criminal backgrounds were actually found to work harder.
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