Effective Shortlisting When Recruiting Online

Effective Shortlisting When Recruiting Online






Make use of filters

In this our seventh tip on increasing your online recruitment effectiveness as a company we look at filters. A very common worry and concern that many businesses raise about online recruiting is that all it does is generate a huge pile of applications which are unsuitable for the job or jobs they've advertised. Therefore understanding and making the most of filters can greatly reduce such unwanted applications.

It's true that in the worst cases online recruitment can attract automated spam messages as well. This is not what you want and not what you need but don't let this put you off advertising online or indeed seeking to recruit in this way.  But a good practice is to set up an e-mail address that is specific to the job you are seeking to recruit to and to ask people to quote the reference in the e-mail subject line.  This will allow you to keep all the applications together and to ‘close them' when the time comes.

It's easy enough to set up filters which will block or reject the wrong kinds of responses and applications or messages with the wrong keywords in them and in doing so this will help you find the best employees to fill your vacant job vacancies.

There is quite a bit of highly sophisticated commercially available job application filtering systems available.  And the more up to date one deploy artificial intelligence to get round the issue of key word stuffing by candidates (or CV writing agencies).

Another option is to employ the services of the job board or a recruitment agency to do your initial shortlisting for you.

The trick is, of course, to make the task manageable but at the same time to not filter out a star candidate.  Over reliance on very crude filters can favour the carefully manipulated application over the genuine one so you do need to ensure that you use judgement when shorting job applicants in this way.

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