Hiring? Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes While You Review Applicants

Hiring? Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes While You Review Applicants

Do you have a slew of applicants who have responded to your job posting? That’s great! Garnering interest is half the battle when you’re seeking the next person to add to your team. Now that you have several people eager to join the company, it’s up to you to begin the review applicants process and identify who could be a great fit.

While you get to work, keep these common mistakes in mind and you’ll be sure to have a nice selection of job seekers to work with.

1. Failing to Review Your Online Presence

Just as you’re checking in on the applicant’s social media profiles, you should also make sure your company’s online presence is up to snuff. Now more than ever, job seekers are interested in how a company presents itself online.

Potential employees not only want to work with great businesses, but they want to be proud of where they work, too. To help ensure your job posting is appealing to job seekers who are truly interested, make sure your website is updated and accurate.

Additionally, you should visit any company social media profiles and make sure the brand is putting its best foot forward there, too.

 2. Setting Arbitrary Standards About Proper Resume Etiquette

Before you begin sorting through applications, do your best to keep your personal preferences in check. Otherwise, you may be discarding good applicants simply because their chosen resume style is not similar to how you’d write a resume.

Setting arbitrary standards for resumes is unfortunately common and can potentially keep you from making the best hiring decisions. From applicants choosing to bold keywords or phrases, use bullet points rather than paragraphs, and more, there are lots of common resume variations that you’ll need to accept.

One of the biggest so-called offenders when reviewing applications is the two-page resume. Whether you’re personally a fan of the longer resume or not, do your best to set your own judgment aside. In fact, a recent study conducted by ResumeGo, a professional resume and cover letter writing service, found a surveyed group of recruiters were over two times more likely to prefer two-page resumes over single-page ones.

As you encounter different styles of resumes, remember there’s no exact formula for writing the perfect resume.

3. Spending Too Much or Too Little Time

It’s easy to get lost in the hiring cycle. After all, your job is to sift through a ton of applications.

As you read through resumes and cover letters, you may find yourself spending too much or even not enough time on each application. While it’s always great to stay invested and really concentrate on each resume, don’t get too wrapped up in the small details of each application. On the other hand, don’t make it your goal to fly through applications as fast as possible either.

The best recruiters will find a “sweet spot” when it comes to dedicating the necessary time for each application. If you find yourself struggling through the process, follow the general rule of thumb for reviewing: The more applications you have to read, the less time you should spend on each; the fewer applications you have, the more time you can invest.

4. Disregarding Too Many Resumes

Of course, your main goal is to find the best candidate. And while your sights may be set on finding a diamond in the rough, don’t let that task cloud your judgment when reviewing other candidates.

Remind yourself of the purpose of a resume: To get a general idea of whether the applicant would make a good fit for the job. Don’t get too picky when thumbing through applications and disregard job seekers who may not have the most stellar resume. There are plenty of applicants who may not have the best resume you’ve ever seen, but that could be one of the best employees you’ve ever hired.

Be selective when sending interview requests, but make sure you’re giving job seekers a fair shot, too. One of the best ways to get to know a candidate is through an interview.

5. Going Radio-Silent

Once you’ve narrowed down your top picks for the job, don’t forget to keep in touch with each candidate. The hiring process is a two-way street, and each applicant deserves an update from you on the status of the interview process.

Arguably one of the most easily avoided mistakes hiring managers can make, falling silent can discourage applicants and even steer them away from the job. After their hard work of researching the company, responding to your job posting, and even participating in interviews, job seekers deserve to stay informed on where you are in the hiring process.

Reach out to those who have applied to the job and provide them with an update on the job opening. Whether you have good news and are looking to extend an offer or even moving forward with another candidate, it’s only fair to be transparent so both parties can move forward in a way that works best for everyone.

6. Hiring Your Next Team Member

Finding the right candidates to recruit for your employer is sometimes easier said than done. And selecting only the best applicants is a tall order, especially since much of the process is subjective. But before you get discouraged, keep your goals in check.

You’ve been tasked with choosing the company’s next candidates for a reason, and there are plenty of tips to help you along the way. Keep these common mistakes in mind and you’ll be well on your way to building a great team!

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