What is resume screening?

Resume screening is the art of identifying if a candidate is cut out for a certain role based on the information on their resume such as education, skills, certifications, experience, and professional achievements. It’s the crucial first step that decides if an organization will spend any more resources or time on a candidate by meeting with them or interviewing them.

The challenges in resume screening

Resume screening is one of the most time-consuming chores for a recruiter even today. The volume of resumes affects time and hence indirectly impacts quality of hire as well. During a high volume recruitment period, or in other words, when buried under a huge volume of resumes, 

The resume screening process

Screening for must-haves 

What you are looking for is a set of skills, education or experience or anything else the candidate needs to perform the job. This stringent list is the fulcrum of your job description. If a candidate does not have one of these, you eliminate them from the hiring process.

Screening for happy-to-haves

Your happy-to-have list can be a sum of things that add an advantage to the candidate because it can enhance their performance on the job role. For example, a candidate from a similar domain as the one you are hiring for may have a better chance at successfully performing on the role. 

Screening based on general impressions

As you scan through resume or candidate information, look for anything that stands out. It could be the candidates’ proficiency in a certain language, attention to detail, leadership skills, etc. These might not directly influence your hiring decision but can tell you if you can confidently advance a candidate to the next round or not.

How does an applicant tracking system up your game?

 

Parses resumes in minutes

All resumes coming from different sourcing channels are routed into the ATS automatically. Then the ATS parses the information and converts them into candidate profiles which are easy to read, filter and share.

In Freshteam, these profiles are called candidate 360s and give you a quick one-screen view of all information on the candidate. You can also schedule interviews, assign tasks, view conversations with them from the same screen.

 

Automates screening

An ATS enables you to automate resume screening. For example, in Freshteam, you can set an automation up to automatically reject candidates if they don’t have the required criteria. For example, you can set up an automation that rejects all candidates applying to the sales manager role who have an experience of less than 5 years.

 

Saves impressive ones for later

Sometimes the hardest part of resume screening is being forced to choose a few when there are many good candidates. But with an ATS you can save all the impressive resumes for a later role on the system by adding them to the talent pool. You can tag them by skills, suggested job roles, certifications, etc. and quickly resurface them when new roles open.