Candidate quality by source report


The Candidate Quality by Source report helps your organization understand where your best candidates are coming from by assigning a Quality % to each source so you can easily compare agencies, referrals, job boards, and any other resource you are using to find candidates.

Quality % is a calculation of the average distance traveled through a job pipeline for all candidates attributed to that particular source. For example, if every candidate was hired, it would be 100%. If every candidate was rejected in the first stage, it would be 0%. Let's say candidate Jane applies from LinkedIn. She has a pretty strong background, so she makes it through 5 of your 7 stages. If she was the only person to apply through LinkedIn, your Quality % for that row would be 5/7, or roughly 71%. Click here to download an attachment with further details on Quality Score calculations.

In this article, we will provide an overview for:

To navigate to the Candidate Quality by Source report, click the ellipsis on your navigation bar and select Reports from the dropdown menu.


From the Reports page, navigate to the Learn from Past Recruiting Efforts section and click Candidate Quality by Source.


The Candidate Quality by Source report will populate the data for every job where you have the appropriate permissions.


Candidate Quality by Source Filters

The Candidate Quality by Source report can measure the progression of candidates through your job pipelines by Stage or Milestones. Organize your report by either of these criteria by using the Columns dropdown menu.


By default, the report displays all of your organization's historical data. Use the Date Applied dropdown menu to limit the timeframe of the report. By default, the Date Applied for the report is set to Current Year.


Change the jobs being tracked in your report by clicking Change Filter. From the Filter Jobs dialog box, you can search and apply multiple filters to find jobs you would like to report on. When you have chosen all the jobs you would like to report on, click Save.


When finished applying filters, click Apply to repopulate the report.


Candidate Quality by Source Visualizations

The Candidate Quality by Source report provides two visualizations to help your organization read your data: a bar chart that visualizes candidates by sourcing strategy and a scatterplot for every individual source.

Note: Sourcing strategies are set by Greenhouse Recruiting and cannot be edited. Your organization can add as many sources to each strategy as desired. 

The left-hand side bar chart provides a high-level view of the default sourcing strategies (y-axis) and the number of candidates who has a source assigned to that sourcing strategy (x-axis). Hover over any sourcing strategy bar in the chart for the total number of candidates and quality score.


Additionally, the sourcing strategy bar chart acts as a filter for the scatterplot of individual sources on the right-hand side. Click on individual sourcing strategy bars to select or de-select them. The scatterplot will transform to only show individual sources assigned to the selected sourcing strategies. 


Hover over any individual point in the scatterplot to see the source name, number of candidates, and quality score for that individual source. The scatterplot is organized with the quality score on the y-axis and the number of candidates submitted by the source on the x-axis


If certain sources are skewing your data and obstructing a clear view of your data in the scatterplot, enable the Hide Outliers toggle to filter out high-end outliers (sources furthest right in the scatterplot).


Since the visualization reflects the timeframe and jobs included in the report, changes made to your report via the filter panel can impact the visualization (e.g. filtering out a job or changing the periodization of the report).


Reading Candidate Quality by Source Visualization 

Greenhouse Recruiting's visualizations is intended to give your organization a different way of analyzing your data. These visualizations can help you understand where your teams should be focusing their energy and resources. 

The scatterplot is organized into quadrants that can you understand how certain sources are performing in relationship to other sources included within and across sourcing strategies.

In the lower left-hand quadrant of the scatterplot are the sources who have historically submitted fewer candidates of lower quality.


In the upper left-hand quadrant of the scatterplot are the sources who have historically submitted fewer high quality candidates. We recommend that your organization continue to nurture and invest in these sources to increase the total number of candidates submitted by these sources. 


In the lower right-hand quadrant of the scatterplot are the sources who have historically submitted many low quality candidates. We recommend that your organization consider avoiding or reducing your investment into these sources.


In the upper right-hand quadrant of the scatterplot are the sources who have historically submitted many high quality. Sources in this quadrant are relatively high performing in comparison to the other sources included in the visualization.



Quality Score.xlsx (50 KB)