There are literally hundreds of job boards available for recruiters and hiring managers to post their open jobs on. Some are good, some not. Some cost a lot of money, and some claim they are free. Selecting the right job board for you is an important part of the hiring process, and will be the topic of future articles. No matter where you post your open job, it is critical that you optimize the pre-screen process.
Sites such as Indeed or ZipRecruiter give the job poster options to pre-screen applicants. For instance, you can have applicants answer a series of questions and complete assessments prior to applying. These two very simple items to set up should to be a part of your recruitment process each time.
Why use pre-screen tools?
It’s very simple. If your job post is set up to be an “easy apply” or “1-click apply”, your inbox will be filled up with unqualified, uninterested applicants. Many people who are on these sites scroll through looking one click options. They are trying to apply to as many places as possible, and hoping to get a bite. Sadly, there are also some people who take advantage of this easy apply system to show evidence that they are currently trying to get a job, even if not serious about moving forward. You may contact them for an interview and never hear back. Obviously, you don’t want these types of applicants. Recruiters should be looking for applicants that research the companies they are applying to, and take the time to fill out whatever application and pre-screen tools you send.
Will optimizing the pre-screen tools really help?
It absolutely will help. One click apply options should be removed from any current job postings you have up. They may be attracting the wrong people. Focus on bringing in the go-getter, the applicant that is thoughtful in where they are applying. Like so many other things, it is quality, not quantity that matters. It takes one amazing person to fill an important open position. When that happens, everyone is happy, and you have set yourself apart once again from other professionals in your industry.