Do you think cover letters should be evaluated into the hiring process?
Instructions:
Read each repsonse and answer the questions. The answer must be a minimum of 100 words.
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A good cover letter should tell you a lot about a candidate — primarily, if they seem like someone you would enjoy having around the office (and if they’ve done their homework about the company too). If it’s impossible to scan every cover letter that’s fine, but try to get as many as possible in the hands of actual humans. They include information not found in a resume, so try to incorporate them more into the hiring process.

1. Do you think cover letters should be evaluated into the hiring process? Explain.

Although resume screening software may help manage a high number of applications, it is not meant to be a substitute for human reviewers. It’s important that HR and recruiting managers have access to resumes that may not have passed the first automated screening but still may be intriguing and relevant. Having a human analyze the results may help weed out any applicants who don’t measure up to the standards set by the software’s algorithms and highlight those who do.

2. Why is it important for HR Managers to review resumes rejected through automated resume screening software?

Sequential interviews are very common. These are the easiest to conduct and are those that I have used several times in my own recruiting process. Finally, a sequential and panel interview is when the applicant has a team of interviewers asking questions one after another. This is a fairly common type of interview and it allows those that have an investment in the candidate the ability to be a part of the process to learn about their experience and if they’d be a good fit. The panel interview is when you meet with a group of interviewers that take turns asking questions. Once the interview is complete, they will discuss their notes and make a collective decision.

3. As an interviewer, which interview type do you prefer using? Why?

My HR department’s policies mandated that an interview panel be used and that it be as fair as possible. The interview panel had to incorporate at least one female and one male, all of which must be subject matter experts in the respective field. In some technical fields this can tough, but most times we found it was doable. I agree with this style of interviewing because it avoids biases that may occur with one-on-one interviews.

4. Do you think panel interviews in some technical fields can be tough? Why?