Employers are currently attempting to attract talent in a tight labor market with a significant skills shortage. While jobs are abundant, employers need to be vigilant during the interview process as some job candidates may not be who they seem during phone interviews or online skills assessments, especially for jobs that require advanced technical skills.

“Pre-selection is especially helpful when hiring for positions that require intense technical skills or a highly analytical mindset. For instance, it is a waste of resources to interview someone with only rudimentary coding skills when advanced coding skills are required,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“While these pre-screening elimination techniques are helpful when winnowing down large applicant pools, it seems candidates have started to look for ways to cheat the system, and recruiters have started to notice,” he added.

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