As a former recruiter and hiring manager, this was my review process for selecting interview candidates:
- Resumes are constantly uploaded into an electronic system as candidates apply online. We had thousands of applicants in our data base. It is a sea of potentials in which a hiring manager knows only a small percentage will stand out and be the right fit for the company.
- A job is posted online via internal company channels first - meaning people already within the organization will know about the opening before you- then it is placed on general job posting boards like CareerBuilder, Monster, etc.
- The recruiter conducts a key word search with the help of the hiring manager and the top candidates are identified by the system- usually 10-20 candidates are selected. (This is why it is critical your resume speaks directly to the job opening.)
- The recruiter evaluates the choices, conducts phone interviews, and narrows the list further.
- The top 3-5 candidates are forwarded to the hiring manager for interview consideration. At this point the hiring manager may also have a personal referral that was not in the database (this is why networking is so vital!).