Screening Applicants – or, How to Find the Needle in Your Haystack

According to Wikipedia, a needle in a haystack is “a figure of speech used to refer to something that is difficult to locate in a much larger space.” Or, put another way, “to search for something that is impossible or extremely difficult to find, especially because the area you have to search is too large”.

If you work in recruitment, either as recruiter or an HR specialist, you know how this feels. It’s what you experience every time you post a new vacancy and in response receive dozens (or perhaps hundreds) of applications. Your job then is to find “the needle in the haystack” – the applicant(s) worthy of the open position, and qualified for round two of your recruitment process.

Screening Applicants

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How to Choose the Right Job Candidates with Minimum Efforts

A good number of organizations find it challenging to handle dozens or even hundreds of speculative application letters. Such occasions lead to wastage of time and even human resources to apparently intolerable levels. This happens even before advertisements get placed for specific positions. In most cases, such applications receive a decline from the respective organization. It is challenging to post an individual reply to all applicants due to constraints of time and other resources.

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