Screening Questions

Hiring Success Glossary

Recruiters and HR professionals are often tasked with quickly finding the most qualifies candidates. One of the main sources used is looking through job applicants who have applied to a specific requisition, housed in the applicant tracking system.

Screening questions are often used as part of the online employment application, which can be used to assist in scoring, ranking, or even disqualifying applicants that fail to meet specific job qualifications.

One common practice is to use basic screening questions. Examples might include:

  • Questions about whether or not an applicant is authorized to work within a country, and if he/she will require sponsorship of any kind
  • Education level
  • Salary history or expectations
  • Years of experience

Another approach is to get more specific and ask questions related to the job posting. Examples include:

  • Whether or not an applicant has a specific certification required
  • Questions on specific industry experience
  • Job skill or competency based questions

Screening questions are most effective when time is spent up front designing the questions and in many cases used more for volume recruiting where a requisition receives a higher number of candidates applying, in comparison for a niche role where a level of sourcing expertise is required.

 

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