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How do scoring criteria work for my open job?

"Scoring Criteria" are what JobScore uses to calculate the 1-10 scores you see associated with candidates. Each job in your account has its own specific scoring criteria. You can add as many scoring criteria as you like for each job - and set the importance of each one. There are several different types of scoring criteria:

Criteria Types:

Keyword Criteria:

  • Keywords are the most flexible way to tune your match score. Words or phrases entered as "Keyword" criteria are searched for against the full text of candidate resumes. Use keywords to score applicants based on skills, accomplishments, and qualifications.

Education Criteria:

  • Desired Degree: This is the desired educational level for a job. You can only enter one "Desired Degree" per job. This is because we use fuzzy matching to generate a score based on whether they have exactly the degree you asked for or something close. Just pick your ideal degree and we'll do the rest.
  • School Name: If you prefer candidates that have attended particular schools or universities, enter one or more "School Name" criteria. These criteria work better if you just put in the school's unique name (i.e. enter "Stanford" not "Stanford University"). For some schools though that are commonly referred to by an acronym (i.e. UCLA), you may consider entering two "School Name" criteria -- one for "UCLA" and one for "University of California, Los Angeles."
  • Major: Likewise, if you prefer candidates that have studied a particular subject you can enter one or more "Major" criteria. These criteria work well with either specific criteria like "computer science" or more general criteria like "computer" which will capture different varieties of computer degrees. For some jobs, more than one area of study would work - for instance you might want someone with a degree in finance or accounting... in this case you should enter two separate "Major" criteria - one for finance, one for accounting.

Employment Criteria:

  • Career Level: This is the general level of experience desired for a job. Like "Desired Degree," you can only enter one "Career Level" per job. This is because we use fuzzy matching to generate a score based on whether they are at exactly the career level you asked for or something close. Just pick your ideal career level and we'll do the rest.
  • Company Name: If you prefer candidates that have worked for specific companies, enter one or more "Company Name" criteria. While you could also enter companies as "Keyword" criteria, the scoring will be more accurate if you use this option, as it will avoid mismatches of context. i.e. it is very different to have worked for a company than to have sold to that company, or used their products. For instance, it's different to have the keyword "Microsoft" on your resume than to have worked for Microsoft, the company. Feel free to add as many companies as you want.
  • Job Title: If you prefer people that have held a particular job title, enter "Job Title" criteria. For some jobs more than one job title might be appropriate - for instance you might want someone who has been an accountant or who has been a controller... in this case you should enter two separate criteria - one for "accountant", one for "controller." While you could enter job titles as " Keyword" criteria, the scoring will be more accurate if you use the "Job Title" criteria, as this special field will avoid mismatches of context - i.e. if someone has reported to a Vice President doesn't mean they are a Vice President.

Location Criteria:

  • "Location" scores are are calculated using the zip code of the location you assigned to the job and the zip code of the candidate's home address. We use fuzzy matching to generate a score based on whether they are within (or near) your preferred commute distance. You can only have one location per job. If you need to hire someone in more than one location, we recommend either adding a separate job with a different location to your account or just deleting the location criteria entirely.

Term types:

  • Drop-down lists: "Terms" that show a drop down list are used for fuzzy matches - you can only select one of these criteria, so please choose the most appropriate value from the list and set its importance... we'll do the rest.
  • Text boxes: "Terms" that show a text box use keyword text matching. We take the word or phrase that you type in and match it against candidates to determine a match. You can enter as many text box terms as you want. JobScore works better if you separate different words and phrases into separate criteria and assign each its own importance value.

Importance:

  • The importance bar determines how much weight we will put on a given criteria when calculating the overall score. If you click 1 bar for a criterion, it won't impact the score nearly as much as if you click 5 bars.

    However, these are relative weights. So if you assign all of your criteria 1 bar it will produce the same result as assigning all of your criteria 5 bars. For every job some criteria are more important than others, so please assign the appropriate number of bars. For every job there are requirements and nice to haves, so make sure to tune your criteria appropriately.

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