Human Resources is full of crap
If you’ve ever been on a job search, and chances are you have, you’ve seen the most ridiculous ads for jobs. On an almost daily basis I come across an ad that wants references, resume, cover letter, and writing samples. Now, seriously, are they really going to read all that? I doubt it. They are going to get more than 100 responses to their posting. Are they going to read: 100 cover letters, 100 reference lists, 100 resumes, and 300 writing samples? No way.
I don’t understand how the people that manage hiring can keep their jobs with nonsense like this. I should be getting paid to do this. I have a much more simple method of hiring someone. Hear me out. Instead of the ridiculous method described above, I will post an ad with very specific requirements detailing what I am looking for in terms of education and experience. Then in the ad I will say to simply send your resume. Ok, now I have 100+ resumes. What I will do at this point is remove those resumes that don’t have the education and experience I’m looking for. Hopefully, I will have whittled my pile down to half or more, and all without age, gender, or class discrimination (I don’t even have an equal opportunity adviser).
Next, I’ll be a little more selective. What are some of the things I will look at? Well, let’s assume this is a job that requires a BS in Engineering and at least two years of experience. I’ve already weeded out the people that don’t have at least that. There must be people in there that have an MS. That’s better, so they go to the other pile. There must also be people with more than 2 years experience. They go to the other pile too. I should have a shorter, separate pile now.
Ok, so let’s say that I still have too many resumes. I want about a dozen and I have 30. There must be some other legal ways to eliminate resumes. Job gaps? Well, maybe, but I might want to let someone explain those. Job hopping? It depends. Maybe the person moved around a lot for other reasons. I wouldn’t wan’t to disqualify him for that. Aha! Grade point average. I could maybe select the top twelve if they listed it. But maybe I have too few now. Maybe only 8 of the people listed their GPA. I need 4 more resumes before I start calling people. Screw it, I’m done. I’ve got 8 people for one position.
Here’s my next step–phone interview. Here I just verify things on the resume for the most part, and listen to tone of voice and optimism and stuff like that. I’m not hiring a Debbie Downer. I want someone positive and dynamic on my staff. After these interviews I will select 4 people to come in for an interview. That’s it.
But you can see how little time this took as compared to asking those 100 people for a bunch of paperwork. Ridiculous.