You can’t always tell by a resume if this person will be a good temporary fit for your next project or as a full time employee. Instead of wasting everyone’s time by interviewing all who sent in resumes, it would be better to do a short telephone screening interview and then if they still qualify for the position invite them in for a face to face meeting.
The telephone questions should be exactly the same for every candidate, by the end of the call you should be able to immediately schedule the interview or politely disqualify them.
To do this your team needs to create a script for everyone to follow. A brainstorming session will help you come up with the best questions to ask and the right, wrong and very wrong answers that people may give. Include a section for comments.
Compile all this information into a form and print off as many copies as you need.
As you do the telephone interviews sort out the ones that are scheduled for a meeting into individual file folders along with their resumes and the rejected interviewees into one catch-all folder, just in case you need to refer back to them.
Before the call pre-fill some of the areas of your form: name, telephone number, date of contact attempts and the date you did the screening Interview. more...