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Are Boolean queries supported when searching candidates?

Yes!  Boolean queries are supported when searching across candidates via putting a check in the box next to Search resumes and notes under the search field on the Candidates tab:


If you're not familiar with Boolean queries, we've curated some resources found with some searching of our own (see here and here) and tried to consolidate the info and simplify below:

First, here's the list of Boolean operators to know (Boolean operators are simply words that connect your search terms):

  • AND
  • OR
  • NOT

You'll also want to become familiar with phrase searching using:

  • "" - Quotation Marks
  • () - Parentheses

Finally, there's also a very helpful Boolean search modifier to be aware of:

  • * - Asterisk (for wildcard searches)

 Read more below ...

Boolean Operators


AND limits your search, because you're requiring that any search term following AND must appear in the results.  This should help when you're trying to find candidates who possess a certain set of skills and experience.  For example:

engineer AND "senior developer"

This will return results that include both the word engineer and the phrase "senior developer".  All search results will include both.  Results will not include resumes, notes, or scorecards that have either engineer or "senior developer" (but not both).


OR provides options into a search so that the results will include either or both terms.  In other words, it expands and broadens your search so that you get more results.  Using the OR command allows you to create a list of possibilities for which only one match is important. For example, the following search phrase would give you results that contain one or more of the stated words that are synonymous:

trainer OR instructor OR teacher


NOT is the command of exclusion.  If there are closely related terms that mean very different things, then using NOT is extremely helpful.  For example:

architect NOT "software architect"

This would give you results that contain the word architect, but leaving out any that use the phrase "software architect".


Phrase Searching

"" - Quotation Marks

As demonstrated above, quotation marks are used to capture a phrase that is to be kept intact in the exact word order stated.  Not using "" around a phrase will mean that each word is treated separately, usually with an assumed AND in between each one.  For example:

senior engineer 

This would return any Candidates that had the words senior and engineer attached to them.

"senior engineer"

This would return only results that had the words "senior engineer" next to each other as phrase.

() - Parentheses

Use parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries.  For example, to search for "MIT" or "Harvard" and "computer science":

(MIT or Harvard) AND "Computer Science"


Wildcard searches

Use * to represent any number of characters.  This enables you to search for the root of a word and obtain results containing several variants.  For example, 


Will match both Java and Javascript



If you are copying and pasting your boolean search string from MS Word or other programs, quotation marks will be "smart quotes" which are not compatible with Boolean search.  If you are using quotation marks in your search, please type them in or copy from a basic notepad program. For additional details on smart quotes, please see here: