What to look for when reviewing a CV
When reviewing CVs, it helps to know what you’re looking for. After all, you don’t want to waste too much of your time on irrelevant applications. During this stage of the recruitment process, keep these three steps in mind and you’ll be able to put together a shortlist of candidates, quickly and efficiently.
Start with the personal profile
The personal profile is your first impression of a candidate and there are a few questions you should ask yourself when reading:
- Do they sound like they’d be a good fit for the role?
- Have they clearly spent time putting their CV together?
- Are they selling themselves?
If they’re ticking the boxes right away, this is a good sign that it’s worth reviewing the rest of their application.
Check for the essential criteria
As you begin to read on, look for the keywords that show they’re meeting the criteria you’ve set out. For example, have they got the relevant amount of experience you’ve asked for? If you’re flexible with what you’re looking for, keep an eye out for the key skills that are going to make them a good fit for the role.
There are a number of transferable skills you should look for in every CV you review. These include organisation, problem solving, strong communication and team work. These are very important to look out for alongside the more technical skills, especially if your candidate doesn’t have as much experience as other applicants.
Look for examples
It’s all very well writing a long list of skills, but does your candidate include any real examples that demonstrate how they’ve put their skills to good use? This might be quantifying how they’ve grown a company’s social media presence, the amount of revenue they secured or the size of the team they managed. Look out for these examples in their CV.
Watch out for red flags
Finally, keep a look out for any red flags. These might be spelling or grammatical mistakes, or a generic CV that they clearly haven’t spent much time on. These are all signs that they’re not really interested in your role or business, as much as they are just finding any job!
All of this is true whether it is a full time employee, a contractor or a consultant.