By Kelsey Moriarty, Senior Content Marketer

Hiring in today’s labor market is complex and requires the best strategies, processes, technology, and services to keep up with uncertainty that exists in finding enough quality talent. On top of this, recruiting is now primarily a remote function, especially as hybrid work is here to stay.

Recruiters can spend hours manually screening candidates just for one open requisition — job seekers they may never see or interact with — and still not find the right person. Multiply that by the number of open roles within the business, and remote candidate screening is one of the most time-consuming, repetitive, and detached tasks that recruiters or hiring managers have to perform.

So how can hiring teams effectively screen remote candidates and instill confidence in the hiring process? The good news is that there is a better way — no matter your size of company — to find a high volume of candidates and to evaluate the most qualified individuals. Let’s break down five strategies that can help your company screen remote candidates.

Five Ways to Screen Remote Candidates More Effectively

The tight labor market has made it more difficult than ever for recruiters to source, screen, interview, hire, and onboard remote talent. Employers are hard pressed to increase efficiencies and to compete on speed. Yet the most agile teams have found ways to save time and find more qualified remote candidates at the same time. These best practices empower recruiters to deliver more predictable hiring results:

#1: Let Candidates Help You Screen

A favorite time-saving screening tool of recruiters is asynchronous video. This software lets hiring teams send interview prompts to remote candidates where they can record and submit their answers on their own schedule. No need to spend days aligning hiring manager and candidate schedules for a screening call. Recruiters can even provide a deadline for completing the video screening, allowing the automated system to send out reminders.

#2: Limit the Deal Breakers

With today’s highly competitive labor market, candidates have their pick when it comes to employers and job offers. Long gone are the days when recruiters could screen out hundreds of applicants with a job description’s wording or long lists of required skills for a role. Encourage hiring managers to limit their list of “essential” skills that they list under requirements when screening candidates. This helps keep the candidate pool larger and more diverse past the screening stage and through onboarding.

#3: Save Time with Skill Matching

Candidate skill matching is a strategy that helps companies to find the right qualified talent without eliminating too many candidates early in the process. It’s an efficient way to ensure applicants have the necessary skills or certifications for a role — and recruiters are focusing more than ever on hiring for soft skills like leadership and communication. Recruitment software enables hiring teams to screen this way, while reducing unconscious bias in the hiring process.

#4: Change the Screening Game with Automated Sourcing

Imagine opening your laptop in the morning and having dozens of qualified applications ready to review. Employers looking to streamline remote candidate screening do this with automated sourcing software. Automated sourcing software takes a list of job requirements and actively recruits qualified candidates in the background. Effective sourcing tools can save recruiters dozens of hours per requisition, leading to improved recruiting metrics like time-to-hire and even improved quality-of-hire.

#5: Stay Engaged with Passive Talent

Some of the best candidates in a talent network are ones who have previously interacted with your company. Make sure to keep interacting with and engaging previous applicants or passive talent as a great place to source quality candidates. Use automated messaging tools to communicate with candidates, provide updates, engage with “silver medalists” and invite new applicants to roles.

Start Hiring with More Confidence

Ready to find a higher volume of quality remote candidates, while saving hours of time in the screening process? Learn how you can navigate the hiring market and get strategies that will help you hire more confidently even in a challenging environment. Get the Employ Quarterly Insights Report for the latest in recruiting strategy and labor market insights.