Skills-based hiring

What is skills-based hiring? Why is it on the rise, and what are the best practices for adopting it in your organization? Here’s everything you need to know about this revolutionary new approach to recruitment.

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Skills-based hiring is the best way to recruit

Our data shows extraordinary outcomes for employers and candidates


of employers say skills-based hiring reduces mis-hires


of companies report a reduction in total cost-of-hire


of employees say skills-based hiring can help them land their dream job


of skills-based hires are happy in their role

The State of Skills-Based Hiring Report 2023 (TestGorilla's annual thought leadership report)

The state of skills-based hiring in 2023

Recruitment is changing fast. Over the past year we’ve seen the red-hot candidate market give way to recessionary fears, and the rise of AI-based tools that promise a brand-new world of work. As businesses reshape their workforces to deal with these challenges, skills-based hiring has emerged as the preferred tool to find and secure talent

In the world's only annual report on skills-based hiring, we deep dive into the revolutionary recruitment trend to find out how employers are leveraging this approach, how it’s affecting candidate experience in the current job market, and what the adoption of skills-based hiring practices means for diversity efforts across organizations.

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What is skills-based hiring?

Looking to make faster, more accurate, and higher quality recruitment decisions? At a time when great talent comes at a significant premium employers are realizing that they need tools to assess candidates’ skills more quickly and reliably. Enter skills-based hiring. Read on to find out how this new approach to recruitment is driving managers to ditch resumes and expand their applicant pools.

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Why skills-based hiring?

Our data shows that 76% of employers are ready to make the switch to skills-based hiring. Find out why skills-based hiring is on the rise and the wide-ranging benefits it can bring to your business.

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Who is using skills-based hiring?

Skills-based hiring has quickly become a global trend helping reshape recruitment practices across many regions and industries. From the United States to Singapore, recruiters are embracing skills-based hiring to attract and keep top global talent. Reasons for its popularity differ across regions. Some use it to streamline high-volume hiring, while others are using it build fairer, more diverse teams. Read on to find out who is using skills-based hiring and how they will benefit.

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How to implement skills-based hiring

Skills-based hiring is a broad hiring approach that covers everything from job descriptions and talent assessments, to structured interviews and work samples. Find out how to implement skills-based hiring for your organization in the best possible way.

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Skills-based hiring resources

Skills-based hiring is a growing trend that shows no signs of abating, with 53.4% of respondents believing it will be the dominant hiring method in the future. Stay ahead of the curve by reading all the insights from our annual report, and explore our range of resources to help you make better skills-based hiring decisions.

The State of Skills-Based Hiring Report 2023 (TestGorilla's annual thought leadership report)


TestGorilla's annual report: The State of Skills Based Hiring


Is this the end of resumes? The State of Skills-Based Hiring in 2023

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