These surveys yield insights into hiring strategies and what’s on the minds of recent college grads looking for employment.
I receive the wildest surveys in my email inbox. Not all are directly related to the office technology industry, but most have an indirect connection. Some are somewhat off the wall others are food for thought.
Obviously, working at The Cannata Report, I spend a fair amount of time on our Annual Dealer Survey. For six years, I’ve been responsible for interpreting the results in our October and November issues. The nice thing is that we have a sizable pool of responses to work with.
However, that isn’t always the case with surveys. About 25 or so years ago, a consulting firm hired me to conduct a survey of dealers about fax machines. I don’t recall the specifics other than it was a challenge to get dealers to respond via email and phone. When I informed the consulting company that I was having trouble getting responses, I was told to use what I had, so I did.
I have no idea how they presented the research to the client, but the survey results were based on 10 respondents. Since then, I’ve been extremely leery of survey results. For the record, the consulting company is no longer around.
Lately, I’ve been receiving emails about surveys related to hiring. Because that is an ongoing challenge in the office technology industry, I thought I’d share some of the more recent hiring-related surveys that have been showing up in my inbox. I’m not making any judgments as to the validity of the surveys, I’ll leave that to you.
Hiring and Social Media
ResumeBuilder.com surveyed 1,013 hiring managers to find out how frequently they use social media to evaluate candidates.
Key findings include:
- 74% of hiring managers say they use social media to screen candidates.
- Of this group, 55% say they look at social media to ensure the candidate is a good culture fit.
- 68% of hiring managers overall say they use social media to find answers to illegal interview questions.
- 85% of those who screen using social media have passed on candidates due to information obtained.
Hiring and AI
Resumebuilder.com has been prolific with its surveys and recently asked 1,000 employees involved in hiring how their companies are incorporating AI interviews into their recruitment processes.
Survey highlights include:
- 43% of companies already have or plan to adopt AI interviews by 2024.
- Two-thirds of this group believe AI interviews will increase hiring efficiency.
- 8 in 10 also say AI interviews are more likely to screen out qualified candidates.
- More than half believe AI will eventually replace human hiring managers.
Considering Hiring a Recent College Grad, Read This First
Intelligent.com, an information site geared to college students, revealed the results of a recent survey of college grads from the classes of 2022 and 2023, and future grads in the class of 2024. The purpose was to find out how this new generation of workers is approaching their career goals amidst a complicated job market.
- 77% of new and upcoming graduates would prefer in-person or hybrid work over remote.
- 1 in 6 say they prioritize a company’s ethical standpoint over their own salary.
- 1 in 4 graduating from a 4-year college won’t accept a starting salary under $70,000.
- Only 1 in 5 students graduating this past spring had lined up a job in their field.
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