Interview Questions Do Not Come From the Resume

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From the Ask Tom mailbag –

You said, in your workshop, that the resume wasn’t that important. I use the resume for all my notes and to help guide me through the interview.

I use the resume as a reference. It’s in the room with me, but it is not the piece of paper I hold in my hand. I only use it to nail down the name of an employer, the name of a project or a specific date range. I rarely read the resume for content, because the content has been carefully fluffed.

My questions do NOT come from the resume and I do not make my notes on the resume. I do not ask questions to increase my understanding of the resume. I do not need to correlate candidate responses to the narrative on the resume.

My questions come from the role description. I make my notes on a sheet, left column for my written questions, right side for my notes. I ask questions to increase my understanding of the candidate’s experience related to the role. I correlate candidate responses to the critical role requirements of the position.

When I evaluate each candidate to the same criteria in the role description, I can more easily distinguish between candidates’ capability and skill related to the role. The crucible that helps me form my judgment is not the candidate’s resume, it is the role description that defines what is necessary for success in the position.

One thought on “Interview Questions Do Not Come From the Resume

  1. Ash Patel

    Tom, do you still suggest filtering candidates based on the strength of their resume? If not, how do you know which applicants to keep or weed out?


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