How to Optimize Your Candidate Screening & Hiring Process

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How to Optimize Your Candidate Screening & Hiring Process

Hiring quality candidates is a place where art meets science.  Companies must streamline their hiring processes for consistency and uniformity to help lower turnover and hiring costs while ensuring they select the best candidates.  Learn 4 strategies to help improve your candidate selection process for the better.

· Have Improvement Goals. It’s no joke that the HR department is one of most understaffed departments in any company. The first thing you’ll want to accomplish is focusing on quality over filing positions. This can be accomplished in many different ways. Recruiting and the overall candidate experience are important processes that should be high priorities in your HR department. Setting goals on what to improve in the New Year will reinforce your strengths and allow you take a hard look at areas of improvement.

· Plan Out Your Processes. Make sure to have a process in place for things such as pre-employment skill testing, phone interviews, which assessment testing is necessary, and identify the best post-interview questions. Having a checklist or process will help your company be efficient in the overall process and training if you bring on a new HR employee. As busy as they are, streamlining everything is not only beneficial, but crucial.

· Set the Right Expectation. The first interaction a job seeker has with a future employer is the job description. Setting the right expectation in the job description is critical to avoid wasting time on both sides. While posting salaries on the actual description might not be a popular thing try posting a range that gives a candidate an idea of the type of compensation they would receive. This prevents those seeking higher wage from applying and wasting your time.

· Invest in Assessment Testing. Finding the right candidate on the surface is easier than finding the right candidate with the right skill set. Investing in assessment testing will help put qualified candidates in the right position. Something like hiring the right candidate increase employee retention rates, organization’s productivity, and allows your business to run more smoothly. The normal hiring process for one person is 6 to 8 weeks. Hiring the wrong candidate costs time, money, and slows down processes.

Creating Efficiency in Candidate Selection

In the Human Resources profession there isn’t time to not be 100% efficient in the candidate selection process. Having goals, planning out your processes, setting the right expectations and investing in assessment testing are all things that will help improve on the candidate selection process within your company. What has helped you improve the candidate selection process? Share helpful tricks of the trade with other HR professionals in the comments section below.

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Eric Friedman

Eric Friedman is the founder and CEO of eSkill Corporation, a leading provider of Web-based skills testing for pre-employment and training. Since 2003, has tested millions of job candidates for organizations worldwide such as Zappos, ADP, Coca-Cola, Randstad, and GE. With academic degrees in Psychology and Business and experience with both mature and expansion-stage company growth, Eric has focused on how to hire and motivate team members to be the best they can be for their companies.

Reader Interactions


  1. Rajpreet Heir says

    Hello Eric! I think this is a fantastic article for companies to beginning at the start of the year. You mention Employers should plan out your processes. But how much planning should they do? With so many great changes in the recruiting industry, wouldn’t you say keeping a uniform process could be detrimental?

    • Eric Friedman says


      I do think that recruiting and the technologies used to recruit and hire effectively are changing ever single day, but in the United States so is the law which is why processes are so important. They make sure that we have established rules set in place to create order and keep from discriminatory and illegal hiring practices from happening.

      Employers should also be nimble and be able to move quickly when something changes. This means researching the change, creating or updating the process document, training the recruiters and hiring managers on the change, and then periodically auditing to make sure the new process is in play.

      Thanks for your comment.


  2. Rajpreet Heir says

    Good answer, you know your stuff! I suppose you were thinking more on the legal side of the hiring process, I was thinking more about the format. Whether interviews are done in-person, through a mobile app or recorded. So yes, employers should be nimble and attentive to shifts in the hiring world because there’s so many great tools out there now!

  3. Andrew says

    Thank you, Eric, for useful article. Recruitment tools can significantly improve the hiring process. They not only save time on finding high-skilled prospects but also lower recruiting costs for the company. If you are interesting on recruitment tools you can learn more about them here –
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