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Assess Better with Candidate Scorecards

December 28, 2017 by Alina Majeed

The gap

Choosing the most fitting candidate from a bunch of applicants isn’t very hard if you know what you’re looking for. All you need to do is be mindful of the qualities you’re looking for in the ideal candidate and pick the person who most closely matches them. This works if you have a handful of candidates with wildly different levels of competence with one assessor making the hiring decision. But as your applicant pool starts to grow, you realize that there are several equally qualified candidates applying for the job. Add to that the need for recruiters to collaborate with line managers in evaluating candidates and it becomes clear that assessing candidates with subjective criteria is a problematic approach.

What are evaluation scorecards?

To make candidates assessments easier and more objective, Talentera introduces Candidate Scorecards! A tool that helps assessors set custom evaluation criteria, incorporate questions with various answer formats (MCQs, rating scales, text answers), assign weights to questions and define criteria for automated final decisions based on candidate performance. What’s more is that these scorecards can be shared across your recruiting team which makes collaboration extremely convenient and hiring decisions free of biases.

What do they help achieve?

The goal of these evaluation scorecards is to empower the recruiters with a tool that can be used throughout the assessment/screening process of their candidates. It also helps them evaluate their candidates against a specific set of criteria/metrics, and enables them to compare candidates against the scores of these assessments.

How do I use Evaluation Scorecards on Talentera?

Here’s a quick overview of how you can use the tool:

1. Listing

You’ll find ‘Evaluation Forms’ in the navigation menu under ‘Templates’. On clicking it, you will see a listing page with old evaluation forms and scorecards listed there.

Previous forms can be activated/deactivated, shared with other team members, shared and duplicated directly from this listing page.

2. Creating a scorecard

After clicking ‘New Evaluation Form’, you can create a new scorecard section by choosing it as the section type. You can also set weights to the question that you include here, with all weights adding up to 100%

 

3. Question Formats

Your scorecards are completely customizable. You can include whatever questions you like and set answering formats that best suit you. For instance, for questions on a candidate’s grade point average, you can set a response scale at 0 to 4 whereas, for a scale on competence on required skills, you can set a 5-point rating scale to easily quantify candidates’ abilities.

 

4. Final Decision Section

After setting up questions for your scorecard, you can define criteria for a candidate report card that gives automated verdicts by setting up a ‘Final Decision’ section. Here, for instance, you can set the decision to be ‘Pass’ for candidates who score between 50 and 100 in the scorecard and ‘Fail’ for those who score between 0 and 49. The portal will automatically provide a weighted score on the candidates’ performance with a pass/fail decision right at the top, making assessments that much quicker and convenient for recruiters and managers.

 

5. The Fill Experience

Here’s what a sample scorecard looks like when it is being filled:

 

6. Output

Here’s what a report card looks like after the scorecard has been filled and scored:

This enhancement is available for access to all Talentera customers. If you wish to learn more about this feature, please get in touch with your account manager as they will be happy to help.

If you’d like to speak to an expert to learn how Talentera can improve your company’s recruiting processes, please get in touch.

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