Looking beyond the resume:

How to choose the best candidate

A traditional resume may be necessary for anyone who’s looking for a job, but as a hiring manager, you should never rely solely on it to hire.

One of the reason is because, it is human nature to exaggerate or glorify a simple role. The truth is, there are a lot of things resumes can’t tell you about a candidate—like whether he’s the type of person you want to work with or whether she’ll fit in with your company’s style.

These few non-traditional techniques will help you look beyond the resume to find great employees. Here are some tips for finding the best candidate for your business without relying solely on a piece of paper.

Pay Extra Attention to the Application

The first step in the hiring process often involves an application. When you place an ad for a job vacancy, it is normal to receive high volumes of application within a short period of time. Not everyone can be called for interview (except you’re ready to spend a week or two still interviewing candidates).

To easily weed out the ‘not so good’ fit, it is important that you pay extra attention to the job application. Does the job description match the content of their resume or did they apply simply because an ad was placed?

Another way to weed out candidates who exaggerate in their cover letters, is to add a special code or a hashtag to your application. Most candidates don’t take time to read the application, once the job fits their qualification, they immediately rush to apply. For example, asking them to include a hashtag like #iactuallyreadthis on their cover letters. You would immediately know that the people who don’t include the hashtag, are not paying attention to details.

Do More Than Ask Questions at the Interview

When you bring your candidates in for interviews, you’ll definitely want to sit down with them and ask the standard questions, including soliciting specific examples from their previous work experience. It’s important that you try to see how they perform on the job rather than have them tell you.

For example, if you’re hiring someone to answer phones, have candidates answer a mock phone call and see how they do. If you’re looking for developers, have them refactor some code.

Use social media

The social media pages of the candidate could tell more about the person than the paper resume. Social media pages like facebook, twitter, instagram could disclose a person’s real identity. You should go through their social media account to know what goes on in his/her private life. A candidate involved in acts of violence on his/her page, or one who post nudes, may not be a good fit for your organization.

Use References Right

Most candidates provide references in their paper resumes who will talk about their previous work experience. Ensure you’re using these contacts to their fullest potential to get the information you want.

For example, you can ask references about the candidate’s work performance, but you should also ask what the person’s sense of humor is like. If the person is more of a serious type—or on the other hand, the office joker—he or she might not be a good fit for your organization.

Use Trial Periods

This may not be possible with all positions but, if possible, take the potential employee for a test drive before hiring full-time. Trial periods are almost like internships. They can last for a few weeks or a few months, but can give you a good idea of whether the person is the right fit for your office.

It’s also important to pay from a legal standpoint. The person could have a great idea that you want to move forward with, but if he or she wasn’t paid and you don’t end up making a full-time offer, you could run into legal issues if you end up using the idea.

If you use this method, try not to mention the possibility of a full-time position. So, if the person doesn’t work out, it’s easier to move on to the next candidate. Make sure you state that the period of work-for-hire is for a certain number of weeks and includes specific responsibilities.

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