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CV analysis

Analysing CVs

Although you may be pleased to receive a large number of responses from an advertised vacancy, it can be difficult and time-consuming to sort through all the CVs effectively.


Here is a list of the key questions you should be asking when assessing whether an applicant is suitable for the role. By using the ones most relevant to your vacancy, you should be able to swiftly extract the vital information you need from each of the applicants' CVs.

Key skills and achievements

  • How would their skills benefit you?

  • Have they shown that they can set goals and achieve them?

  • How involved have they been in other studies?

  • Do their key skills correlate with the job?

  • What makes them unique?

Qualifications and education

  • Do they have the educational background needed to complete the job?

  • Have they done other courses to develop their skills?

  • Are their grades consistent?

  • Have they exemplified a professional standard in their studies?

Previous employment

  • What work experience do they have?

  • Have they given a reason for leaving their current position?

  • How long have they been with each employer?

  • Have they worked for a variety of different employers?

  • Consider organisation size, location and nature of the business

  • What was their position, who did they report to?

  • What clients have they worked with?

  • Have they put forward any initiatives?

  • Have they received any promotions?

  • What were their responsibilities?

  • What successes have they achieved?

  • Have they been unemployed for a long duration?

  • Have they travelled or gained worldly experience?

  • Have they worked from the bottom up?

  • Do they have any grounding or administrative skills that would help them in the position?

  • Were they capable of working and studying at the same time?

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