3 Ways Employers Are Sorting Through Resumes


Gone are the days of landing a job after only one interview, and entering yourself into the candidacy pool is no longer as simple as submitting a resume and cover letter. Even if you employ every expert tip you come across, your resume might not make it through the stack if you don't pass one of the non-resume related introductory tasks. The Wall Street Journal got the skinny on what some companies are adopting for their hiring processes and here's what it discovered.


  • Preliminary questioning: Applicants to the Patina Solutions Group, Inc. must answer eight questions when completing the online application. The inclusion of these questions deters applicants who aren't truly interested or qualified from posting their resumes and calling it a day.
  • Audio-screening: After their resumes have been selected from the bunch, job seekers hoping to land a position at ShopUSA, Inc. are put through phone interview with pre-recorded questions instead of a live person. Then, they may be invited in for an interview.
  • Keywords: Because the applicant pool has reached unmanageable numbers, public-relations firm Ruder Finn has started relying on keyword searches to narrow down the base. Resumes that have exact keyword matches are set into a new pile of resumes of candidates that may be called for interviews.

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