Question: How do hiring managers screen job applications?

Answer: Each government organization can have a slightly different process for screening job applications, but the basics remain the same. Hiring managers or human resources staff briefly review all applications looking for applicants who meet the minimum requirements outlined in the job posting. The goal of screening is to pare down the number of applications that receive a thorough review.

Screening cuts down the time hiring managers must spend reviewing applications while preserving fairness in the hiring process. Since hiring managers look for the bare minimum in screening, they are comfortable with the cursory review. Applications that look promising are reviewed more thoroughly later.

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