Advanced Filtering: Sorting Candidates by Their Response to Pre-screening Questions

Screen shot 2012 05 14 at 5.50.26 PM 248x300 Advanced Filtering: Sorting Candidates by Their Response to Pre screening QuestionsEmployers receive hundreds of resumes in response to each online job posting. Not only do they need to read each of these applications as part of the hiring process, but then they need to sort them into specific categories of candidates based on the information that they know about them. Who is the most promising? Who do they need to follow up with for an interview?

Successfully pre-screening candidates takes time; and, for many employers and recruiters, time is not an available luxury. And so, hiring managers are turning to to help them to sort applicants based on how they answered multiple-choice pre-screening questions.

Here’s an example of a multiple-choice question that one company on our platform has asked candidates to help test their problem-solving skills:

What is the next number in this series? 1, 4, 10, 19, 31 . . .

Applicants must choose from the following:

  • 43
  • 44
  • 46
  • None of the above
  • This is a trick question

The answer is 46, and the employer can sort applicants using the advanced filtering feature so that s/he can only review candidates who responded with the correct answer. In this way, job seekers are able to demonstrate their technical skills to potential employers, meaningfully.’s advanced filtering feature is a simple way for employers to access candidates and screen out those who don’t care enough to customize their applications by providing specific responses to written, audio or video pre-screening questions – as they essentially filter themselves out of the process. The advanced filtering feature also helps hiring managers to screen out applicants who do not have the technical knowledge to answer the pre-screening questions correctly.

If you haven’t used’s advanced filtering capability, here’s how to get started:

  • Sign in to your account and click into the “Admin Dashboard” tab at the top of the screen
  • Choose the job for which you are recruiting and click on it
  • The “Applicant Tracker” on the left side of the screen will show you all the new applicants for the open position that you have not categorized
  • In the upper-right of the box, you’ll see several pull-down menus to help you sort candidates and stay organized, including: “Change position” and “Show applicants with” and “Advanced filtering” (only available if your pre-screening question(s) include multiple-choice options)
  • If you have included a multiple-choice question among your pre-screening questions, you can click “Advanced filtering” and filter candidates by the response they provided for the pre-screening question

When you create pre-screening questions, do so with advanced filtering in mind. For example, make sure that your important questions are multiple-choice so that they are sort-able in the review process. If salary is a deal breaker for you, ask candidates to choose a salary range that best describes their expectations for your open position (Up to $20K; Between $20K and $30K; Between $30K and $45K; etc.). In reviewing the submitted resumes, you can choose to look at only those applicants who have responded with salary expectations that match your budget to save you time.

At, we believe that the burden of differentiation in job search falls on job seekers. By uploading their resume, recording a video introduction and responding to pertinent pre-screening questions, job seekers have a real opportunity to stand out to employers and recruiters in the hiring process. As employers and recruiters, we have to give them the opportunity and the technology to make our process easier, and they will!

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