Talent.Works is back, elaborating on the applicant characteristics that relate to landing an interview. While the majority of applicants has a meager ~2% chance of getting invited to an interview, some applicants do way better! What accounts for their success?

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Original can be found in the Talent Works blog

Analyzing 4000+ applicants, Talent.Works found 13 factors that related to getting an interview.

There are some things outside of the applicants’ control:

  • Young applicants have higher chances (+25%).
  • Women applicants have better chances (+48%).
  • Applicants with a second degree have better chances (+22%).

Fortunately, applicants can boost their interview invitation rate using the following tricks:

  • Apply on Monday (+46%), between 6 AM and 10 AM (+89%), and within the first four days (+65%).
  • Start sentences with action-related verbs (+140%).
  • Use numbers to demonstrate impact (+40%).
  • Use occasional buzzwords / jargon (+29%) and skills (+59%).
  • Use leadership-related words (+51%) and avoid overusing words related to teamwork and collaboration (-51%) or personal pronouns (-55%).

Here are some of these effects visualized:

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Original can be found in the Talent Works blog
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Original can be found in the Talent Works blog