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What are candidate stages and how do they work?

Candidate stages are used to keep track of where candidates are in your hiring workflow.

JobScore includes 5 "primary" stages that designate where the candidate is in the hiring process. They cannot be edited or changed and include New, Active, Withdrawn, Declined, and Hired.

In addition to the fixed primary stages, JobScore provides the ability to customize your hiring workflow by creating and re-ordering active stage values. By default these include: Schedule Recruiter Screen, Screening, Schedule Phone Interview, Phone Interview, Schedule Onsite Interview, Interviewing, Check References, Offer and On Hold.

A few additional things to keep in mind about candidate stages:

  • Candidate stages only exist in when a candidate is assigned to a job. i.e. a candidate doesn't have one "master" stage at any given time - they have a specific stage for each job they've been considered for. So, for instance, if a candidate is assigned to three jobs, they might be declined for job 1, withdrawn for job 2 and new for job 3.
  • The "New" stage is applied to every candidate when they are assigned to a job. Candidates remain in this stage until you move them somewhere else. Every candidate you consider for a job must go through the new stage.
  • The candidate workflow process is completely independent of tasks, notes, reminders and everything else... it's just an easy way for you to see where people are in your process.
  • Users with administrative access can customize active stages on the Candidate Workflow page.
  • Each stage includes a "next step" attribute to describe what's supposed to happen next in the process once the candidate has been moved into this stage.
  • JobScore is designed to be a collaborative hiring platform used by your entire company, so every user can see the full hiring workflow by clicking on the question mark icon next to candidate pipeline on their homepage, here:

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