Today I got an email asking me how recruiter select the Resumes from the pool of Resumes. I wanted to post about this in the blog so that everyone will have an idea.
Most recruiters use recruiting software that will match up Resumes based on keywords. Applications/Resumes are first uploaded to the software than matched up with roles based on keywords. This method is heavily used with large companies since it is impossible to review all Resumes one by one.
I was also informed that many large corporations select random candidates based on demographic data to give equal opportunity to all.
In my company, we do not use automated systems, so end up looking at all Resumes one by one. I usually spend less than a minute on each Resume and this is what I look at:
- Location of the applicant – we only work with local candidates so this is very important for me
- Years of experience
- Job title (this is often not clear so I try to understand what they really did)
- Summary – I need to see what they are good at
- Technical skills – except for the ones taught at school
- Companies they worked for – including internships/volunteer work
- Status- student, employed, graduated
Then I flag Resumes based on my interest level such as Further Review, Maybe, Decline…
I then go over and review the ones that I selected for further review. In that step I often look to see if the candidate indeed has in-depth experience/knowledge in an area. We are not particular about technical expertise since we specialize in analytics, so I try to find candidates that show knowledge in analytical processes.
Next, I (or someone in my team) will call the candidate and go through their Resume. Again, our company is extremely particular about finding the perfect fit, so our screenings are mostly to identify cultural fit rather than technical knowledge.
If we think that the candidate may be a good fit for our organization we then ask them for a face to face interview.
Resume is the key to get a phone call, that is why I keep writing about it. If your experience, skills, knowledge are not listed clearly in your Resume they do not exist, as simple as that. A well-written, formatted, grammatically correct, easy to follow Resume will get you ahead of many candidates in smaller organizations.
For larger organizations, you need to have the identical keywords, job titles and similar experience to get a call back.
Also check out this article about ATS logic (or lack of it).
Hope that answers your question?