Our search firm presents resumes to hiring managers almost every day. And hiring managers often glance at the resume for a few seconds and declare "I have no interest in seeing that candidate." In that moment, all the hiring managers can envision is some unqualified person wasting an hour of their precious time. So rejecting the unusual resume seems like a time saver ... except it’s not.
We only present candidates after we've already read a few hundred resumes, and talked to a few dozen people. We already know that the candidate most likely to be hired (and thrive in the job) is the very person whose resume the hiring manager wants to reject.
So why am I so sure that resumes are a terrible way to select the best candidate?