Graduation season is upon us, welcoming the latest batch of college graduates to the workforce. The job search process is notoriously difficult for recent grads because they’re often competing against more seasoned and experienced applicants. Similarly, the hiring process can be a challenge for employers who are interested in hiring for entry level roles because it can be hard to identify which applicants have the most potential, especially when these applicants don’t have much experience on their resumes.
Look between “self-starter” and “excellent communication skills” on nearly any list of job requirements and you’ll find it: “attention to detail a must.” Almost every job post across almost every industry lists some variation on being “detail oriented” as an important skill. And true perfectionists are in luck, because this seemingly perfunctory requirement is actually critical to success in a ton of positions. But what does attention to detail mean at work, and how should employers go about measuring it in their candidates?