Applicant evaluation

Print employment applications
Minimum qualifications
Sample matrices
Evaluation methods

What to watch for when reviewing applications

Missing signatures

Be sure all signatures are in place. Look for the supervisor’s signature for a probationary employee. Be sure the employee has given you an original signature by the time of the interview.

Personal information.

Avoid being influenced by personal information listed on application.

Things to clarify with the candidate or during reference checks:

Missing data

Look carefully for data that is missing, incomplete or inconsistent. Watch for contradictions in responsibilities, employment dates, skills, etc.

Gap or overlap in employment dates

Are there unexplained gaps in the employment record?  Verify these carefully.

Questionable reasons for leaving previous employment

Why is the person leaving their job?  Were they terminated, laid off, or is the reason too vague?