How to screen candidates to build your shortlist faster
Australia’s small to medium businesses have faced huge challenges this year, with those in hard-hit locations and industries continuing to ride out tough times.

But the SME sector will play a key role in fuelling the economic comeback from COVID-19, which will make finding the right talent quickly a high priority.

For businesses recovering from the impact of COVID-19, every minute counts. But with more people looking for work right now, you are likely to receive a bigger pile of applications – and have less time to sort through them.

This is why screening questions are a great tool to use as part of the job ad process. They help to filter out candidates who aren’t suitable for the role, so you only need to review those who match what you’re looking for, which takes less time and leaves you more time to focus on the road to recovery.

No time to waste

With so many competing priorities right now, time-saving tools have never been more valuable.

Screening questions identify the most suitable candidates and even separate those who are interested in the specific role from those who are applying for any job.

For instance, do they have the necessary qualifications? Do they have the right experience? Are they available to work the hours you require?

You can also quickly confirm if candidates have the right credentials, such as Right to Work in Australia and an Australian Driver’s License.

How does it work with SEEK job ads?

A SEEK job ad comes with screening questions built in, and even suggests what questions to include based on the role you’re advertising.

You select five questions you want candidates to answer as part of the application process and we automatically rank their suitability based on their successful responses.

Find quality candidates faster

You can still view all applications, but we put the most relevant at the top of the pile to help speed up the process. This means you can evaluate key candidate information from one page, without opening individual resumes.

COVID-19 has created a year of disruption – and the most efficient use of your time is vital on the road to recovery. SEEK’s candidate screening tool is like an extra pair of hands to help you to find the right person for the job faster.

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