The job interview has been around since 1921, what started out as a knowledge testing written trivia sheet has come a long way. Thomas Edison was the first person to create a test with the intention of screening job applicants. In 1921 Edison created the test to help evaluate the knowledge of candidates because he was frustrated with college-educated applicants seeking work who didn’t have adequate knowledge.
Have you ever been caught off guard by some of the random questions interviewers will sometimes throw in during a job interview? Here’s a few from Thomas Edison’s original written test that probably put them to shame..
- What is the finest cotton grown?
- How is sulphuric acid made?
- Where do we import cork from?
- How far is it from New York to Liverpool?
- Name three powerful poisons.
As with many things, the evolution of technology has helped change the way job interviews are handled. Here’s a quick timeline of how technology has influenced or changed the way job hunting, interviews, and hiring are handled.
- 1984: First commercial mobile phone hits market
- 1991: World Wide Web opens, shortly after assessment tests and screening for jobs are available online.
- 2003-2006: Social media networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook launch and rapidly grow in popularity
- 43% of employers use social media sites to research job candidates!
- 2006: BlackBerry releases first consumer smartphone
- 2016: Hard Hat Hunter launches, giving the construction industry a place to network
So, what does this mean for interviews today? Well…
- More than 60% of employers conducting remote hiring make use of video interviews
- More than a third of employers have recently reported talent shortages, increasing reliance on skill-based interviews and assessment testing.
- 55% of recruiters reconsider hiring candidates based on their social media presence (or lack thereof!)
Interviewers are increasingly looking for applicants to show them why they fit the job by showcasing their skillset and work they’ve done previously, this is especially true for an industry that is primarily hands on such as the construction industry. So keep growing your network and posting your projects on Hard Hat Hunter, you never know when a new job will come knocking!