What are some good employee screening resources for a recruiter to use when sifting through applicants?

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm referred to as "The Big Game Hunter" because I coach people and organizations to play BIG. I received a question from someone through Quora that I just want to read it to you so you can hear the full things. The title shortens the full question.

"What are some good employee screening resources for a recruiter to use when sifting through applicants?" So, whether you're a third party recruiter or a corporate recruiter; I don't really know, you haven't identified that. But, to me, there's one basic tool that you need to sift through resumes (sifting through resumes implies to me that you've either printed them out you to review or you read them off a screen). So you're not interviewing anyone right now. You're just very simply going through resumes and trying to identify people who could vaguely fit.

So, there's really, to me, only one resource that makes sense for someone to use. The answer is the job description. The job description is a roadmap to what your hiring manager, whether you're a corporate recruiter, or an agency recruiter, what the hiring manager is looking for. You can ask the hiring manager for more specifics; that could be useful in screening so that people who identify these additional characteristics beyond simply the keywords, beyond simply particular types of phrases to look for, you can ask the hiring manager for specific expressions that would really identify someone who's an "A performer."

But beyond that, it does require interviewing. Whether it's you have apptitude tests, whether it's presenting to a group, whether it's interviewing, at this stage of screening resumes, it's really about how the person matches up to the job description.

Yeah, some ATS software will allow you to post some questions proactively so even sites like CareerBuilder, I believe, have basic screening questions that you could pose in the course of the of your applying for a position that you can have a job applicant complete and identify themselves as a better fit.

But if you're just sifting through resumes, there's only one tool that matters and that's the job description. and anything in addition that the hiring manager gives you.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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