We were interviewing fifteen or twenty candidates a day at U.S. Robotics during the years of crazy growth. I got good at remembering people through tiny cues — George Smith is the guy who worked on the space shuttle, and Alison Banks is the lady who started her career working in banks and who’s now a tech project manager. I scribbled notes in the margin of each resume so I’d keep each candidate firmly in mind, but let me tell you, it’s not easy.
Someone would make a suggestion like “Why don’t we take a picture of each applicant and staple the picture to the resume, so that when we sit down on Friday to talk about the candidates, we know who’s who?” and then immediately someone else would say “That’s practically illegal! Race and gender and ethnicity can’t be part of the hiring decision!”