So, you have posted your position and hopefully gathered lots of resumes. The next step is to determine which of the job searchers have the education and experience you require. In an earlier blog post, we talked about the job description being your road map to success in hiring. Now we get to use it again.
The job description should have the most important skills and requirements listed at the top. Based on the resumes that you received, decide what you absolutely need and what you can live without. Here is how I would suggest you narrow the list down. Look through all the resumes and sort into these piles.
- Resumes that meet both education and experience requirements
- Resumes that meet education requirements
- Resumes that meet experience requirements
- Resumes that do not meet minimum requirements
Sorting the resumes into these groups will allow to you to find the candidates that may be best suited for the position as well as those that do not meet all your requirements but should be considered. Take the resumes that meet education and experience requirements and start reading. If there are enough suitable candidates in this pile, you can move on. If there are not, you can work through the education only and the experience only piles to find additional candidates. Regardless of which of these two piles you choose from, make sure that the basic skills required are there.
Once you have the resumes narrowed down to your possible candidates pile, move on to their cover letters. The cover letter should provide you with some insight into the person’s character and how their previous work experience will benefit you. This should give you the rest of the information required to decide which candidates you should contact. Prior to arranging interviews, set up a brief list of questions that you can ask on the phone to help you determine if it is worth bringing them in for a full interview.
As a final thought, remember when you are filling a vacant position that the person who was in that position before will have gained knowledge and experience while working for you. The person that you hire to replace them will need the time to get that knowledge about your business. Until they have had that time, the person you hire will not be able to completely fill those shoes. Don’t get stuck in looking for an exact replicate of your previous employee.
Screening resumes properly is important to ensure that you are finding the right person for the job and following all the human rights and labour laws required. Now you have your list set and your interviews booked, you are ready to move on to interview techniques. We will cover this next time.
Do you have any tips on sorting resumes to find the best candidates?