What Goes on in a Recruiter’s Mind When Evaluating Talent

Jan Tegze
9 min readMar 7, 2023
Photo by Milad Fakurian on Unsplash

Over the years, I’ve asked myself thousands of questions about how recruiters find and measure the potential of their candidates. What factors and criteria do they consider when conducting their search? How do they go about the search process? Are recruiters identifying candidates based on their potential or only factors like keywords and job titles?

And I spent countless hours, weeks, and months trying to understand it better and get better insights into these mysteries. However, instead of finding clear answers, I encountered one puzzle after another.

After conducting dozens of tests, I finally found answers to many of my questions. Since sharing is caring, I will discuss the results of my recent recruitment test results, assumptions, and findings in this article. However, while the group of participants in this test was significant, a larger group would have provided more accurate results.

Recruitment Test

For some time, I’d been eager to understand further what recruiters look for when reviewing resumes. With the purpose of seeking out more information, I decided to design a small recruitment test.

To make sure I had accurate and precise data, I employed resources such as Microsoft Clarity, Google Analytics, and others to monitor how quickly recruiters were able to validate resumes. My research also involved tracking how they read resumes, review job descriptions, etc.

After concluding the test, I gained valuable insights into how recruiters read LinkedIn profiles and whether they truly reviewed them in just a few seconds. However, the most crucial aspect was ensuring that the results were not tainted in any way. To prevent this, I did not disclose what I would be tracking or how I would be doing it to anyone involved in the test.

I want to express my sincere thanks to the 211 people who expressed interest in participating in this test. Among them, 187 were recruiters, and out of those, 132 successfully completed the test. After eliminating those who did not understand the task or provided abnormal results, I was left with 114 recruits whose responses offered invaluable insights into recruiter behavior.

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Jan Tegze

Author of bestseller “Full Stack Recruiter”, fullstackrecruiter.net #Recruiter, Dream Chaser, Creator of impossible, #BlackBerry fan (probably the only one).