Weeding Out the Bad Candidates: Best Practices for Resume Review and Pre-Screening

On Demand Webinar Credit HR Certification Institute, SHRM

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Learn how you can work efficiently and effectively to find the best talent within the constraints of applicable laws.

Identifying and attracting the most qualified employees can be a difficult and time-consuming process, complicated by a myriad of associated legal issues. Many employers fail to realize the potential exposure associated with certain hiring processes. It is crucial to understand the issues and hazards associated with recruiting in order to mitigate those risks. This topic will help those responsible for hiring understand the potential issues that may arise and considerations for how to prevent those issues.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to discuss how to attract qualified applicants.
  • You will be able to review the legal implications of posting jobs on certain sites.
  • You will be able to identify information that can be a proxy for protected status.
  • You will be able to explain the pros and cons of using Google® or looking at social media.
Attracting Qualified Applicants
  • What to Post and What to Avoid
    • How to Avoid Potentially Discriminatory Language
    • What Job Requirements to Include
    • Commitment to DEI
  • Where to Post
    • Legal Implications of Posting on Certain Sites (i.e., Posting on Social Media and Reaching a Younger Demographic)
    • Reaching Diverse Applicants – Post on Diverse Job Boards
Resume Review/Screening
  • Information That Can Be a Proxy for Protected Status
    • Gaps in Resume – Gender/Parental Status/Criminal Background Discrimination
    • Over-Qualified Candidates – Age Discrimination
  • Ban-the-Box Laws
  • Implicit Bias
    • Studies Regarding Identical Resumes With Stereotypically Black/Latino or White Names
  • How to Avoid Implicit Bias
    • Anonymize Resumes
    • Use AI in Screening
  • Are Employers Liable When Screening Is Done by Third Party (Temp Agency, Recruiter, etc.)?
Taking Into Consideration Information From Sources Other Than Application
  • Pros and Cons of using Google/Looking at Social Media

Questions and Answers

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource managers, recruiters, personnel managers, supervisors, business owners and managers, benefits administrators, and payroll professionals.

In Partnership with Lorman

Your Instructor

Gregory P. Abrams
Gregory P. Abrams
  • Partner at the Chicago office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Counsels clients on matters involving drug and alcohol testing, criminal background checks, covenants not to compete, wage and hour laws, and employee discipline and termination; practice includes working with organizations to create separation agreements and releases, employee handbooks, and other employment policies
  • Defends companies in employment litigation, including representing employers in complex, classwide, and systemic litigation
  • Regularly defends employers in a full range of employment cases, including claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and other state and federal anti-discrimination, wage and hour, and anti-retaliation laws
  • J.D. degree, University of Chicago Law School; B.A. degree in economics and political science, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania


  • HRCI Approved ProviderHR Certification Institute 1.0
  • This program has been approved for 1.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preferred ProviderSHRM 1.0
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.0 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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