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Hurdles in Screening

Hurdles in Screening

The uphill task of screening volumes of candidates

The next immediate challenge that recruiters face in 2022 after sourcing candidates is screening the right candidates for the job role. Screening candidates is a process that has be to done based on statistical thinking rather than biased judgemental views. With succession to the previous task of sourcing candidates here I will walk you through the hurdles of screening candidates.

Screening through volumes of resumes

The first hurdle that evidently every recruiter has is screening through large volumes of resumes that hit the table. 
Based on a recent study it was found that almost 80% of the resumes that come through scouring do not get through the screening process. 
The recruiters really have a hard time finding 20% of the right candidates.

The task of achieving uncompromised Hire quality in the screening process 

This is where the ATS comes into play.
But Application Tracking System may be handy in screening a large number of applicants but when coming to the quality of the hire it is where decisions have to be made depending on intuitions rather than just numbers.
Hiring quality candidates through ATS may have a significant increase in recent years with GenZ graduates and ongoing pandemic situations.

Screening to avoid the wrong hire

But the quality of hire is not related just to the marks and statistics.
An ideal candidate is one who not only possesses sound technical knowledge but also good interpersonal skills.
All over the recruitment industry HR professionals look for psychometric skills other than technical knowledge.

Managing the issue of unconscious bias in screening

Unconscious bias is the next hurdle that a candidate has to face inevitably and a recruiter must avoid evidently.
In the absence of an ATS and automatic shortlisting system, numerous candidates face bias since the recruiter might favor certain candidates or a recruiter might not be open to Horne certain talents other than the talents that he/she considers fit for recruiting.

Cautiously screening through for false claims 

Apart from these constraints, false claims by the candidates in the resumes are a major concern that recruiters face as it may increase the opportunity cost of the employer as well as consume the time and finance of the recruiting process.
Overcoming these is a big task, that is where assessment platforms for talking up skill-based assessments come into play.
With these testing platforms, identifying candidates who are technically sound is made a bit easier than before which greatly overcomes the problem of the wrong hire based on false claims.

Role of recruiter’s judgment for effective screening

Finally, the recruiter’s experience is one thing that has a major role in hiring candidates.
Even after going through all the ATS and other screening processes, an experienced recruiter would tell with one look at the resume and the candidate they can come to a conclusion about whether to recruit or not.
But an unbiased and fair judgment call is a big challenge in recruiting the right candidate for the job role.

Staytuned for the next challenge of onboarding in recruiting.