Reviewing Applications Checklist

Reviewing Applications Checklist


Resumes provide basic information about a candidate’s employment history, qualifications, and accomplishments. Use the checklist below to make sure you get the most out of the resume review process:

Did you look for the following?

  • Aesthetics/format. Does the resume have bullet points? Are all fonts the same? Does the resume look clean? Resumes should be neat and presentable. 
  • Grammar. Resumes that include typos or obvious grammar errors may be another sign of a careless applicant.  
  • Previous job responsibilities. Identify previous experience needed for an individual to succeed in the role you are filling. Look at the applicant’s past job responsibilities and determine if they are consistent with the available position requirements.  
  • Job titles. Are the previous positions held consistent with the requirements of the open position? Did the candidate make realistic career progressions? Some applicants may exaggerate previous job titles to appear more experienced. 
  • Employment history. Look at the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. Employees who frequently change jobs may become bored and unsuitable for full-time employment.
  • Education. Some applicants list institutions attended, even if a degree was not obtained. Look at whether or not a degree was earned and see if the applicant provided their GPA. 
  • References. Did the applicant list references on their resume? Did the applicant indicate that authorities will be furnished upon request?