The world of work has changed considerably in recent decades.This is partly because of the internet revolution, partly as a reflection of the changing economies of the world and partly as a result of having more people with similar backgrounds and qualifications applying for the same amount of jobs than ever before.
It’s a fortunate position for employers to be in. Not only can they afford to be less competitive with wages and benefits (or by offering ‘internships’ and ‘work experience’ programmes they can avoid paying wages altogether!), but they can pick from the very cream of the crop of job applicants.Knowing this, employers have made the application process more rigorous. For the very best positions, potential applicants will suffer a lengthy application process before they even get to the interview stage.
The application process will involve submitting CVs (or resumes) or lengthy and detailed application forms. Depending on how you look on paper, you might well be asked to take an aptitude test.If you thought you had left the trials of examinations behind you then sadly you will be disappointment. Aptitude tests are becoming popular with employers who use them to measure their candidates’ verbal and numerical abilities quickly and easily.
For the job applicants, the introduction of tests such as these into the application process usually adds to the stress of the situation. But with online companies offering the chance to practice online aptitude tests, job applicants are now able to practice their skills until the fear of the unknown dissipates and their skills improve.With enough practice of online aptitude tests, applicants have a greater chance of being invited to an interview.The interview stage is another stage where employers have upped the stakes and added more stress and pressure. It is now common for candidates to endure several interviews, some with a panel of interviewers, and sometimes at the same time as other candidates.