Shortlisting & screening job candidates
With a long list of candidates to sift through, it can be tempting to simply Yes/No or Maybe them – but that’s a lot of reading and a danger of skimming over the good ones when the fatigue kicks in. Your time is precious, and you don’t want to waste any of it on unsuitable candidates that you can avoid from the beginning. Looking at why and how to shortlist candidates and creating a candidate shortlisting checklist will help you refine your search and keep the momentum going. From there, define the interview process with the interview questions to ask candidates and take a look at some of the ones to leave well alone too!
How to Shortlist Job Candidates: The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide
Read our top tips on how to move smoothly through a process to shortlist and progress the candidates you really want.
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Poll: How important is a candidates cover letter?
Whilst some recruiters see a cover letter as a key way to gain insight into a jobseeker’s experience and interests beyond their CV, others question how much value a cover letter really adds. But what do you think?
How do I shortlist candidates?
What are some CV screening tips?
CV screening tips include using CV search filtering initially, then methods such as psychometric testing, interview questions with scoring, and sample projects that can form part of your screening process. Look beyond the job title alone when screening candidates to get a better result and be conscious of any bias.
How many candidates are usually shortlisted for an interview?
The number of candidates shortlisted for an interview can depend on the job role and industry. Typically, look at screening candidates over the phone (seven to ten) before choosing three to five for face-to-face interviews. Be sure to have a rigid interview process in place and ask your candidates the same interview questions for comparable answers.
What are common recruitment screening questions?
Common recruitment screening questions to shortlist candidates can include – Why did you apply for this job? What do you know about our company/business? What do you hope to gain from this job? Your interview questions should be the same for each candidate so you can get comparable information to help you create your shortlist and cut your time to hire in half.