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By Darryl Stewart

A time saving trick when recruiting new staff

When people are being interviewed for a job they are putting their best foot forward.  If they fall flat on their face during the recruiting phase it would be insane to make excuses for them and hire them anyway, would it not?  I recently experimented with sending a quick email to any candidate whose resume passed initial screening.  The email was actually a secondary screening test.

Thin out the crowd and get to the best people faster with a quick email screening test.
Thin out the crowd and get to the best people faster with a quick email screening test.

It had two questions:

1) Do you have a LinkedIn profile?

2) A customized question based on the person’s resume.  For example, for someone with no current job listed on their resume, it asked if they were currently employed.

It was amazing to see how many people “failed” this screening test.  They either did not answer both questions or they had obvious grammatical or spelling errors in their reply.

We were not too concerned about the actual answers as long as they made sense and were well written.  The test was basically “can you answer an email properly?”

This test quickly eliminated several people from the screening process.  We were all surprised how poorly some people put their best foot forward. That being said many people did in fact pass this secondary screening test leaving IBEX with a great pool of candidates and a new trick to help us get to the best people faster.

IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant. 

Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today. 

This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.