top of page
  • Writer's pictureJoseph Williams

What is skills-based hiring?

In the ever-evolving talent acquisition landscape, traditional recruitment methods are giving way to a more effective and inclusive approach: skills-based hiring.

As business leaders strive to build more dynamic and productive teams to sustain competitive advantage and longer-term success, understanding and embracing this transformative practice has become essential.

Despite this, skills-based hiring is still a new concept that is not fully understood. So, let's explore its benefits and discover how Clu's platform helps you seamlessly ease skills-based hiring into your recruitment process.

What is Skills-Based Hiring?

Skills-based hiring prioritises what a candidate can do over where they learnt to do it. It focuses on a candidate's competencies, abilities, and potential over traditional markers such as education or job titles. Skills-based hiring seeks to identify individuals with the skills needed to excel in a particular role. By shifting the emphasis from credentials to capabilities, organisations can uncover hidden talent from broader talent pools and build more cognitively balanced, high-performing teams.

The Benefits of Skills-Based Hiring

  1. Increased Diversity and Inclusion: Traditional recruitment methods anchor to bias because they favour candidates from certain backgrounds. Skills-based hiring mitigates these biases by evaluating candidates based on their abilities, opening doors for individuals from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities.

  2. Improved Candidate Quality: Gartner found that 70% of people have the wrong skills for their jobs. By focusing on skills rather than credentials, skills-based hiring allows organisations to identify candidates with the exact capabilities required for a role, leading to a higher quality of hires and reduced turnover rates.

  3. Enhanced Innovation and Adaptability: Skills-based hiring fosters a culture of innovation by bringing together individuals with diverse skill sets and perspectives. This diversity of thought enables organisations to adapt more quickly to changing market conditions and drive innovation across all levels of the business.

  4. Streamlined Recruitment Process: Traditional recruitment often involves sifting through a sea of resumes and conducting numerous interviews to assess candidates' qualifications. Skills-based hiring streamlines this process by identifying top talent based on their relevant skills, saving candidates and employers time and resources.

Clu: Revolutionising Skills-Based Hiring

At Clu, we're committed to equipping HR leaders and talent acquisition professionals with the tools and insights they need to embrace skills-based hiring fully and easily. Here's how our inclusive recruitment platform helps you plug your skills gap inclusively:

  1. Data-rich Talent Intelligence: Clu's advanced data visualisation tools provide HR leaders with actionable insights into how different communities experience their attraction and engagement methods. By analysing data on candidate skills, demographics, and hiring outcomes, organisations can identify trends, track sentiment, optimise their hiring strategies, and ensure that their talent pools remain diverse and inclusive.

  2. Vast Partner Network: Clu's extensive education, employment, and empowerment network enables companies to tap into diverse talent pipelines once they've identified skills gaps. By partnering with these organisations, Clu expands the reach of skills-based hiring, creating opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to showcase their abilities and get hired for what they do best.

Embrace the Future of Talent Acquisition with Clu

Skills-based hiring represents a paradigm shift in recruitment, offering organisations a more effective, inclusive, and equitable approach to building their teams. By prioritising skills over credentials and leveraging innovative platforms like Clu, HR and Talent professionals can unlock the full potential of their talent pools, drive innovation, and position their organisations for success in the digital age.

A 3d graphic image of a woman in a blue jumper with blue hair and glasses


At Clu, we help employers close their skill gaps inclusively.

Find out more by getting in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you. 


bottom of page