Not everyone who applies for your job will be qualified, and you may receive more applications from qualified applicants than you will want to interview. This is when your deliberations on which skills are essential are "desirable", how much on the job training are you prepared to do and what combination of education and experience you are willing to accept starts to pay off.
Having a well thought out process for screening applicants can help you simplify this process.
The first step is to remove any applications from persons who lack the "essential qualifications. This will save you time as you have reduced the number of applications.
The next step is to review the remaining applications for evidence of the skills, qualities, education and experience you asked for in the job posting.
Here are some tips that can help you when reviewing the resumes:
Overall appearance: Look for professional looking resumes. A sign of typos or a cluttered, unorganized resume shows that the applicant can be sloppy, careless and unprofessional. Be aware of significant gaps in experience which should be looked into. Also be careful of a significant number of jobs in a short period of time which may mean loyalty issues.
Career Path and Accomplishments: Look for things such as promotions, advancements, etc. Look for specific accomplishments instead of general responsibilities.
Don't consider: Don't consider personal information that may be on the resume. Things such as age, gender, marital status and religious beliefs have no impact on qualification for a job. And remember, you are looking for the best candidate for the job!
The following rating form may be helpful to you in comparing the applications. Simply insert your own values to each of the criteria you are using and your total point value, list the applicants in the left hand column, and rate the applications using the point values you have identified. The applicants with the highest total scores are the ones you would most likely interview.
Candidate Resume Rating Form
of 50 points