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Screen job Applicants

Screen job Applicants

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What are Screen job Applicants? 

Screen job applicants, also known as pre-screen job applicants, are people who apply for jobs at a company but do not get called in to interview, it refers to a process in which employer's verify candidates' backgrounds, and screen them for drugs, and assess their behavior.

Pre-screening saves the company time, money, and human resources as they can make quicker decisions about who they want to hire. An applicant who fails the screening usually does not get called back, but they can reapply for a job.

In many companies, the screening is done by a computer.

There are few reasons why screening job applicants is necessary:

  • To ensure that you are only considering qualified candidates. By screening applicants, you can remove those who do not meet the basic qualifications for the job. This saves time in the long run because you will not have to interview candidates who are not qualified.
  • It helps you to weed out those candidates who are not a good fit for your company. You can learn a lot about a person from their application, resume, and cover letter. By screening applicants, you can get a better sense of who would be a good fit for your company.