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.