Screening Applications

"Selecting qualified employees is like putting money in the bank." - John Boudreau

Human Resources will refer only qualified candidates - those possessing the required education and experience - to the department for consideration. Most managers will also screen candidates to determine which ones will be offered an interview. Use the steps below to guide your screening process.

  1. Develop screening criteria. Before reviewing applications and resumes, develop list of criteria against which all candidates will be evaluated.
  2. Review resumes and applications. Carefully review each candidate's experience and knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) against your criteria.
  3. Respond to Candidates.
    1. Consider sending a thank you letter to those candidates who you choose not to interview. Change their status in the PeopleAdmin system to indicate that they are no longer being considered.
    2. Call your prospective candidates. You may wish to conduct a phone screening to determine salary requirements, level of interest in the position, and/or other qualifications.
    3. Schedule the selected candidates for an interview. Tell them where to park, let them know what the interview process entails, and approximately how much time they should plan to spend.
  4. Prepare for the interview.

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