6. Check to see if candidates have experience with specific tasks or skills related to your industry and the job in question.
Every industry or profession has terminology specific to their product or services. It’s not too difficult to screen the experience section of a resume for your specific industry terms in order to see if candidates meet the minimum requirements. If specific terminology isn’t used, it could mean the candidate’s experience is not appropriate.
For example, if you’re screening candidates in the accounting field, you’d be on the lookout for terms like AP for Accounts Payable or GL for General Ledger, or for experience balancing an account through trial balance.
However, there are also new practices in each field or profession and you want to make sure the candidates have worked in an organization that is forward-thinking. For example, police officers obviously must respond to calls and participate in investigation of crimes. But some police departments go beyond traditional methods, using new community policing methods and technology that are more proactive. So, it’s important that you’re up-to-date on what’s new in your own industry.