How do PredictiveHire determine who gets marked as Yes, No or Maybe?

There are over 60 different factors that go into determining whether someone gets categorised as a Yes, No or a Maybe. 

Firstly, it's important to understand that we look at the answers to both the free text questions (which you will see in PredictiveHire) and the the multi-choice (which you won't). 

We group the 60 factors into 6 main sections:

  1. Personality insights 
    These insights are gleaned from an applicant's answers to both the free text and multi-choice questions. 
  2. Readability
    This includes how many unique words someone uses, how many complex words are included, and how easy the text is to read.
  3. Semantic alignment
    Here, we look at how an applicant's answers compare to someone's who has been successfully hired.
  4.  Text structure 
    Looks at the ratios of verbs/nouns/pronouns, punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc. 
  5. Quantity
    The length of the text and the number of sentences. 
  6. Sentiment 
    How positive or negative is the text? How subjective is it? 

At the end of the questionnaire these 60 different factors are analysed, compared with applicants who have been hired into the same role, and then allocated to the Yes, No or Maybe categories. Generally speaking, in terms of the possibility of being hired,

Yes: represents the top 40%

Maybe: represents the middle 20% 

No: represents the bottom 40%


Like with everything in life, this isn't a guarantee they'll be successful, but our prediction based on the factors we've mentioned above. 

We're not here to replace recruiters, but to help you use your time better. Think of us as you would about using Boolean search to locate candidates. It helps you distill down a large pool into a much more manageable one, but you still need to make the decision on who are the right people to move forward with.

It's almost inevitable that you will see someone who doesn't fit, or isn't right for you role, particularly in the beginning. As we learn what good looks like for your business you can help us by categorising your applicants regularly. 


See Also:

What do the different status' mean?

Why does my shortlist look different?

What if the Yes candidate isn't right?

What if the No candidate is right?