When you’re sitting down with a candidate in the final rounds, (You are having someone else screen candidates and sift through resumes, right? If not, please ask us for some resources buckle up and get ready to learn about their entire career history.
Have them walk you through their career journey, one step at a time.
Why did they start that job? Why did they leave? What would their manager have to say about their tenure?
Look for gaps. Pauses. Inconsistencies. Continually ask yourself, “Does the story make sense?”
The story can be interesting or unusual. It can take you to unexpected places—as entrepreneurs, we can relate to having a non-status-quo career path. But their story must have a clear throughline, a thread you can follow to understand what kind of career this person has shaped for themselves.