Mandatory Skills, Preferred Skills, and Keywords are three frequently used filters when an AI Sourcing task is conducted in Hiretual. While they all pull information from the candidate’s profile, they focus on various parts of the profile and affect the searching results in different ways.
Mandatory Skills are must-have skills that a candidate needs for the job. These skills are weighted more heavily and will affect the size of your talent pool, which is indicated on the upper right corner of the Sourcing page.
When searching for Mandatory Skills, Hiretual would look at the skill section of the candidate’s profile.
During the sourcing process, Hiretual’s goal is to find candidates with all mandatory skills. For example, if you have input 3 skills here, Hiretual will look for candidates with all three skills. But if there are not enough candidates in the pool, Hiretual will relax the criteria a bit to find candidates with 2 out of the three and then 1 out of the three. The candidates will be listed in the order of best fits.
Hiretual also uses natural language processing and contextual search to recognize 'umbrella skills'. This means that if you include a broad or more general skill in one of the filters, the system can recognize subsets of skills under this. For example, if I am sourcing candidates that require 'Excel' as a skill, Hiretual can recognize that candidate's with 'Microsoft Office' as a skill will likely be a good fit and vice versa.
Mandatory Skills are applied when defining the most demanded qualifications of the candidates and eliminates candidates who don’t have these skills. Therefore, the number of skills you input significantly impacts the talent pool quality and quantity.
Under these circumstances, we recommend adding between 1-5 skills here to keep the sourcing results more focused on those most important skills that are required for the role.
Preferred Skills are “nice to have” ones that you would prefer the candidate to have, but are not required. The skills listed here will NOT affect the number of candidates in your talent pool.
Similar to Mandatory Skills, Preferred Skills would focus on the Skills section of the candidates’ profiles and go through natural language processing and contextual search to look for umbrella skills.
However, unlike Mandatory Skills, Preferred Skills are not used for outlining the pool. Rather, it helps you to improve the matching and ranking accuracy of the listed candidates. Hiretual would try to source for candidates with all Preferred Skills and display the candidates’ profiles in order of who best fits the search criteria. As indicated on the screenshot above, candidates with the Preferred Skill “Customer Service” are listed on top of the Sample Candidates page.
Since Preferred Skills do not impact the number of candidates in the talent pool, the number of skills you input here is not as critical. You can use the filter to help guide the AI Engine in finding a more focused pool of candidates.
Keywords are words or phrases that can be found anywhere on a candidate’s profile.
As shown in the screenshot, when “Economics” is added to the Keywords filter, Hiretual finds candidates with the word in their Education Experience, Summary, and Title.
In terms of weight, Keywords filter is similar to Mandatory Skills: the modification of words and phrases here will affect the size of your talent pool, as Hiretual will exclude candidates who do not have the information in their profiles.
While at the same time the Keywords filter is more flexible in compared to the Skill sections. You can choose to Exclude Keywords using the additional filter below the text bar.
You may type in any industries or specific words that you don’t want from the candidates’ titles and experiences. For example, you can insert “healthcare” if it is not the industry that you are sourcing at the moment.
You can also add a Boolean String in the Keywords filter. There is no specific limitation of the length of the string, so you can add from a simple “IT OR Economics” to a complicated line with 50 words. Just keep in mind that the longer the Boolean string you input here, the longer time it needs to return the results, so you might want to limit the string to a reasonable length.
Pro Tip: Use Hiretual Market Insights Report for a More Accurate Search
If you are not sure what exact information you should put for these filters or if you don’t know what to expect when it comes to the size of your talent pool, take a look at the Market Insights Report of the role that you are sourcing.
Located under the Insights tab, the Market Insights search shares the same filters with AI Sourcing. You can input general information about the role through the filters on the left and click on Generate insights to view the visualized results.
The number of candidates in the pool is shown on top of the report. You may use the Skills sections to check if there are any other skills that you want to include in the candidates’ profiles.
Moreover, you can use the report to view the Companies, Industries, Locations, and other filter-related lists. Read through this information and modify your search to get a more accurate result. If you want, you can Start AI Sourcing by clicking on the button on the upper right, Export the reports in PDF or Spreadsheet formats or click on the bookmark to Save them for later usage.
You may also find a brief version of the report under the Persona/Insights tab of the sourcing page.
Click on Generate Insights to view the full version of it.