26 September 2023

QSS calls for more questions in job ads

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Queensland Shared Services (QSS) has recommended Departments and Agencies add a questionnaire to their job advertisements in QSS’s Springboard recruitment system.

In a statement, QSS said the questionnaire was designed to save time during shortlisting and ensured the right candidates were moved to the next stage of the recruitment process.

“QSS has added the questionnaire to the suite of tools in the Manage Job Applications process when looking to recruit for a position in the Queensland Government,” it said.

“When advertising a role, a pre-employment questionnaire helps to streamline the process of identifying candidates with the right skills and experience for the role.”

QSS said users had the ability to add questions determining role experience; industry experience; behavioural traits; education; qualifications; and work location preferences.

“You can tailor your questions to be free-text, single-choice radio buttons, multi-choice check boxes and drop-down lists,” it said.

QSS said candidates could then be filtered based on the answers they provided.

“You can export their answers to Excel to sort and filter as you need for you and your panel members,” it said.

“You can also add filters to radio button questions that automatically move candidates to a failed questionnaire folder when they do not meet certain selection criteria, which reduces the number of applications you need to review.”

QSS gave the example of a filter that would automatically move candidates to the failed questionnaire folder if they answered ‘no’ to a question about a qualification that was essential for the role.

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