Not all jobs are built alike. Even while the country is in the midst of a labor shortage, coveted employers can receive thousands of resumes for any job opening that they have.
Since it only takes a few clicks of a button to apply to the vast majority of job openings these days, unqualified applicants are just as (if not more) likely to apply for a prime opportunity as qualified ones. They may be operating under the idea that it "can't hurt to try," for the job they want, but that can make winnowing down your applicant pool to the top candidates very difficult.
What Can You Do to Avoid a Hiring Nightmare?
This is where a job candidate management system can take the pain out of the hiring process for your company. The automated systems use advanced technology to intelligently guide you to the best applicants for any given position you have open. Here's how they do it:
- They reduce the pool of candidates. With the right set of minimum requirements, such as degree requirements, experience, and "soft skill" assessments, the system can thin out the applications you receive so that you only spend time interviewing the best.
- They make it possible to shave or share information. These systems can allow you to keep track of promising candidates for re-contact when future positions open up. They also make it possible for you to forward applications to other company divisions.
- They help you avoid allegations of discrimination. A smart system can guide you through the wording of your job posting so that you avoid potential discriminatory phrases. Plus, the automated winnowing process is unbiased and non-discriminatory.
- They reduce the time it takes to hire a new employee. There are a lot of hours that go into hiring a new employee. By reducing the applicant pool automatically to just the "best of the best," you reduce the number of hours spent on the process.
- They reduce the cost of the hiring process. What's more costly than the process of hiring a new employee? Hiring the wrong one and having to start all over when the person you just hired quits. A well-designed automated system helps match the right job candidate with the right position.
Ultimately, human resources departments are being forced to get more technologically savvy as time goes on. You can't stop people from applying for a job opening — qualified or not — but you can stop them from turning your search for the right job candidates into a nightmare.