One thing that I constantly talk to clients about is the fact that a resume can’t tell the entire story. You have the best chance of finding the right employee if you take the time to meet and talk to them. Yes a resume is a tool to identify whether or not someone has potential, but if you see that they do then take it a step further….look them up online, talk to people you know who might know them…..LISTEN TO THE RECRUITER who presented them and get some insights from them as to why they believe you need to meet that person. (If the recruiter can’t tell you anything that you don’t already see on the resume then you need to find another recruiter…but that is another blog post altogether)…..Talent, Drive, coachability, competitiveness, the desire to improve themselves and their personal situation…all of those things that are critical for a great employee you will not find by simply looking at a resume….
Spend the time and do the Due Diligence and then spend the time to have a conversation….with Skype, Google Hangouts, GoTOmeeting, etc… the technology is there if you want to go beyond the telephone to see what might make someone tick. Take advantage of it….