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Chapter 5: Screening Applicants Selecting and hiring qualified employees are essential functions for the health of any organization. To aid in the selection and hiring of employees, agencies should implement initiatives to accurately and efficiently screen and select the individuals who are most qualified for job openings. In this chapter, we present challenges, strategies, and workforce practices related to "Screening Applicants." Exhibit 5-1 provides a snapshot of the chapter. Exhibit 5-1 Snapshot of Chapter 5 Chapter Road Map Concept and Definition Workforce Challenges....................40 Lack of Recruiting Process Bureaucratic Hiring Policies Aging Workers and Technology Effect of Economic Downturn Industry Strategies......................41 Prepare Hiring Managers to Screen Use Multiple Interviewers Integrate Human Resources in the Hiring Process Forward-thinking transportation organizations are Screen for Eligibility revising their recruitment practices and policies to Screen for Competency make it more of a collaborative effort between hiring managers and recruiting teams, while also validating Screen for "Fit" entry requirements and tests. Workforce Practices.....................43 Definition of Screening Applicants: Pennsylvania DOT Civil Engineer Training (CET) Program Involves identifying avenues for enhancing the process of screening applicants from entry-level staff to senior leaders. The goal of these efforts is to help organizations accurately and efficiently screen and select the individuals who are most qualified for a job opening. As a result, these practices help to establish a better qualified workforce. 39