New research has drawn attention to the problems within recruitment currently, with over half of businesses stating that their hires have a poor person-to-job fit.

A report by Thomas International, a talent assessment platform provider, has highlighted key areas that firms should look to focus on if they wish to find the right candidates for the job.

The research found that, over the last 12 months, over half (57 per cent) of all hires made are not working out in some capacity, with 25 per cent not working out at all.

When asked why this may be, companies stated that they found poor fit between the candidate and role (46 per cent) and poor fit between candidate and the company culture (44 per cent). A further one in 10 (10 per cent) found that there was not a good fit between the candidate and their line manager.

The report also found that there were other key challenges for businesses within the recruitment process including finding the right candidate in a remote hiring environment (41 per cent) as well as differentiating between candidates with similar CVs and experience (41 per cent).

However, Sabby Gill, CEO of Thomas International, felt that these problems within recruitment pre-dated the pandemic:

Recruitment is broken. Businesses that don’t take action to fix it will face significant challenges as they look to accelerate hiring over the next couple of years, establish workforces that are fit for the future, and rebuild and reshape teams to take advantage of new economic opportunities.

However, many businesses acknowledged that it is time to change and improve the recruitment process due to a variety of factors including remote working, Brexit, the development of emerging technologies and AI as well as the gig economy.

Sabby Gill continued:

Recruitment is on the rise in 2021 after a slow year, so getting things right is vital. Hiring managers need to look beyond the CV to an individual’s true potential. If you find the right person – through aptitude and behavioural testing – then you don’t need to worry about which university degree they have.

With the right training, apprenticeship schemes and more, British businesses can not only solve the skills gaps they’re facing now, but also plan ahead for the jobs in the future that don’t even exist yet.


If you want to find out more about this topic and how to improve your recruitment process, please register for our webinar on the 17th June where experts from Thomas International will be diving into these findings and more.

*This research was obtained from Thomas International’s 2021 report ‘Mind the Trust Gap’.