January 25, 2017 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: candidate selection, nace insights
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
When two candidates are equally qualified for a position, employers indicate that academic major is still the deciding factor in their hiring decisions, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey.
In both this year’s and last year’s surveys, respondents rated “academic major” as having the greatest influence when deciding on one candidate over another. (See Figure 1.)
Candidates who have held a leadership position also have an edge when employers are considering two candidates. In addition, involvement in extracurricular activities and a high GPA (above 3.0) also have at least somewhat of an influence.
The remaining attributes—school attended, volunteer work, fluency in a foreign language, and study abroad—have far less of an influence in the hiring decisions made by employers.
Data for the Job Outlook 2017 survey were collected from August 5, 2016, through October 4, 2016. A total of 169 surveys were returned—a 17 percent response rate. The Job Outlook 2017 report is available at www.naceweb.org/surveys/job-outlook.aspx or through the MyNACE area at www.naceweb.org/job-outlook/index.aspx.
Figure 1: Influence of Attributes
5-point scale where 1=No influence at all; 2=Not much influence; 3=Somewhat of an influence; 4=Very much influence; and 5=Extreme influence.
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