A recruiters first task is to screen resumes based on the job description provided by the employer. This job posting can be for any geography, across industry and verticals. The recruiter needs to either post it on any online job portal or check the database available with different sourcing agencies to get resume. Posting on online job portal enables a job seeker to apply for the position directly. However with this posting comes 100s of resume which makes a recruiter’s task extremely complicated and time consuming. This is Manual Resume Screening process.

Manual Resume Screening

A recruiter needs to go through every resume to find out best resume as per the job description. This process is not only tedious but exhausting also. Let’s take a look how the backend process of resume screening works.

  • A single job posting can get anywhere 250 resume. It takes approx. 10 minutes to go through every resume.
  • 4-6 Resumes are shortlisted, out of 250+ resumes. From these 4-6 resume, one will get job offer.
  • To reach to 4-6 resume from 250+ resume is a herculean task.
  • On an average every experienced resume is 2-3 pages, hence it is practically not possible to go through all the resume for any recruiter. Hence they go for keyword search.
  • Not everyone is expert in making resume and every job description has different set of keywords, which may or may not match with a deserving resume. As a result sometimes due to keyword search in resume, good resumes are lost.
  • While going through initial 50 resumes, if a recruiters finds 4-6 suitable resume, chances are that they do not screen the resumes further. This further reduces the chance of getting a good resume shortlisted.
  • Screening 50 resumes manually also takes a day in minimum. Hence it is practically impossible for a recruiter to go through each and every resume.
  • Wherever there is human intervention, it is very natural to have some amount of bias. As a result it is difficult to get an unbiased resume score.
  • Once the candidate is screened, it is very difficult to contact them due to their busy schedules. Sometimes a recruiter makes 5-6 calls to a single candidate to get an appropriate time for the interview. The time given by the candidate may not necessarily suit the recruiter and this may result in either postponing the interview or staying back or extra working hours for the recruiter.
  • The pre-screening interview round may or may not bring out the capability of the candidate. Hence a deserving candidate may get lost at the very first stage itself. Also, since this round is dependent on human intervention, the possibility is it can be biased.

With this manual resume screening process, many a times a deserving resume is lost and doesn’t reach interview round. Also, there can be biases based on gender, demographics and many more. Manual Resume screening doesn’t do Complete justice to the resume. These problems can be solved efficiently with Workonic’s innovative technology and the research in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. We at Workonic help in resolving these issues and challenges with intelligent resume Screening. To Know more about how we can solve these, stay tuned to our blog and keep checking the blog section and Workonic