How To Hire Your Next Employee Series: How To Do Prescreening Preparation

Prescreening Preparation

Liz Strikwerda

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This is the second post in our series: Hiring Your Next Employee: The Ultimate GuideIn today’s post, we will show you how to do prescreening prep in ApplicantStack Recruit.

Before we continue, let’s review where we are in the series:

What is Prescreening Preparation For a Job Posting?

Prescreening prep defines scoring criteria for filtering and hiring applicants.

These are the steps:

  1. Create an application and/or questionnaire in ApplicantStack
  2. Determine the scoring system for the questions in ApplicantStack

Why does prescreening prep come before posting the job? Once you begin the process, you are competing with other employers to find great candidates. Take the time up front so you don’t slow yourself down after the start.

Plus, you can still make changes to your job description if necessary because you haven’t already posted it.

ApplicantStack makes prescreening preparation quick and easy.

Create Your Screening Questions

You should have a list of job requirements from your job description. Using the requirements, create a questionnaire in ApplicantStack. The candidate will complete the questionnaire before you decide whether to interview him/her.

In the questionnaire form, write a question and answer for each requirement. The question should reveal whether a candidate meets the requirement.

ApplicantStack provides several ways to structure your screening questions:

  • Yes/No answer (binary choice)
  • Multiple Choice
    • Select One answer from multiple choices
    • Select Many from multiple choices
  • Essay-Type
    • Single-line Text
    • Multi-line Text
  • Enter Date
  • Choose File Type
    • Allows applicant to upload a file and designate the file format
  • Electronic Signature

ApplicantStack allows you to create the ideal questionnaire for your hiring needs.

Apply Scoring Criteria For Job Applications

In ApplicantStack, you create scoring rules for resumes, applications, and questionnaires. There are two ways to score each question: 1. Assign a numeric point value or 2. Designate it as a knockout question. You can also apply scoring rules to keywords in resumes.

ApplicantStack Recruit Automates Candidate Scoring

When the applications start coming in, ApplicantStack will score them automatically using your rules. The system will calculate a total score for each applicant. This serves as a first pass assessment of the candidate’s match to the position. It will also eliminate applicants with knock-out questions.

Questionnaires and scoring in ApplicantStack make it easier for you to focus on top scoring candidates.

Work Efficiently as a Team in ApplicantStack

Make sure that you alert the people on your team who will be involved in the evaluation and selection processes. They need to know:

  • The evaluation criteria
  • Their roles and responsibilities
  • How the process will work
  • How to keep the process moving

ApplicantStack streamlines the entire process. It also creates the ideal applicant journey. You can see the scoring criteria in the system. Workflow checklists show where each applicant is in the process. Assign tasks to team members so everyone knows what they are supposed to do. Each member of the hiring team can add notes for all to see.

To recap, here are the benefits of doing prescreening prep with ApplicantStack Recruit:

  • ApplicantStack automatically scores applications and questionnaires
  • ApplicantStack eliminates unqualified candidates before you spend time on them
  • By automating the scoring process, you can spend your time focusing on the top scoring candidates
  • ApplicantStack questionnaires help create an ideal applicant journey

In the next post in our Hiring Your Next Employee: The Ultimate Guide series, we will show you how ApplicantStack posts to the top job boards.

Take a look at this entire series as an infographic!

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