At ExactHire, we see a lot of employment application questions as we customize and build applicant tracking system portals for our clients. We always encourage clients to provide multiple choice answers for questions related to experience, software application experience, and especially, income.
Here’s why…a client will want to try and pin down an exact income target for an applicant and will make it a required text box field so that the applicant must provide some kind of response. The result more often than not is that the applicant will put “Negotiable.” That kind of answer doesn’t help you pre-screen one bit. Instead, tie a series of income ranges as answers to the multiple choice question. Then, use flagging filters in the ATS to screen out applicants that don’t fit your budget based on their income preference; and, use scoring filters to rank order the applicants that will give you the best value for your human capital investment.
Creating different sets of pre-employment screening questions for all of your positions is a cost-effective strategy. It allows you to instead allocate money to more in-depth tools used on highly qualified candidates later in the hiring process–such as employee assessments, reference checks and background checks.