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How skill mapping improves the recruitment process

Recruiting employees is time-consuming. It can take months to hire the right profile – at a considerable cost in terms of managers’ and HR specialists’ time. Skill mapping is a strategic tool that makes it easier to identify and analyse the skills to be looked for in applicants. It helps optimise the recruitment process. A look at the main benefits of skill mapping.



Recap: what’s skill mapping?


A skill map lists the skills related to the occupations and families of occupations present within the organisation. This inventory of available resources helps meet both the immediate and the future needs of the company in terms of recruitment and training.


Human Resources, innovation leaders, top management, in short everyone in charge of managing employees’ skills within the company will find it useful.


Good to know:

For best results, the jobs & skills map should cover all the company’s employees – not just managers and high-potential profiles.


Related: What’s a jobs & skills repository? How does it relate to skill mapping?



How can a skill map improve the recruitment process?


The skill map proves useful to the recruitment process in various ways. It enables you to identify the skills that are useful to the company, but also to analyse them more objectively and to know whether you can call upon internal resources.



Identifying the skills the company needs


It is not uncommon for companies to publish ads on job boards with a long list of demanding criteria: skills, experience, diplomas, etc. These vacancies are often advertised without the companies having taken the time to step back and assess their real needs.


The skill map enables the company to clearly identify both the skills available internally and those that need to be acquired. Mastering these elements enables the professionals in charge of recruitment to better target their searches and avoid wasting time with applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria established beforehand.



Analysing skills more objectively


By definition, interviews involve human contact. This always leaves room for biases both positive and negative, rooted in the interviewer’s personal value system. These biases can compromise the recruitment process, making it more likely that the best candidate is overlooked. As employers well know, “casting mistakes” can be costly. The resources allocated to the search, hiring and training of an unsuited profile are lost forever.


The skill map enables the company to compare the skills it seeks with those of the applicants. The tool makes it easier to read and analyse profiles – and the resulting assessment is significantly more objective.



→ Improving interviews


Having identified the skills required simplifies interview preparation. Recruiters can focus directly on the most relevant questions and adapt any tests intended for candidates.



Identifying available in-house resources


Another benefit of skill mapping is that it tells companies whether they can leverage internal mobility. Sometimes the profile most qualified for a position is already in the company. Turning to these existing employees can be highly advantageous:


  • it cuts the costs of finding candidates
  • employees have valuable knowledge of the company’s business and specificities. This makes it much easier for them to take on their new duties.


Skill mapping is a task that is often postponed and/or feared by companies because it takes time. However, it is very useful for optimising recruitment and facilitating internal mobility.


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