Once you have assessed applicants, you can start to draw up a shortlist of interviewees. Often, only a small number of candidates are suitable – if this is not so, choosing whom to interview from the shortlist can be the hardest part of the exercise.
Screen applicants by meeting them informally before holding interviews.
One technique for deciding whom to shortlist is to create a “matching sheet” for each candidate. Take a blank sheet of paper and draw two lines down the middle. On one side, list the criteria required for the job; make copies of the sheet, and use one per applicant, noting their skills and experience on the blank side. In the centre column, tick off the items that “match” ...