Criteria FAQ
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Written by Customer Support
Updated over a week ago

✨ You can view and adjust your search criteria directly in Sourcing Autopilot.

❓ What is Criteria?

Criteria is how Dover represents your requirements and preferences around people who are a fit for your job.

  • Requirements — What are must-have qualities for a candidate to be considered? (e.g. Located on the East Coast)

  • Preferences — What are some nice-to-have qualities? (e.g. What companies they worked for...)

Dover uses this set of criteria to identify which people are the best fit for your job across the different channels you have enabled (outbound, inbound, referrals).

When setting up a job on Dover, the calibration form serves as the basis for the initial criteria. This search criteria evolves over the lifetime of the job, adjusting based on your direct feedback and reactions to candidates surfaced.

The Criteria you see in the Dover App are not exhaustive. Dover uses a combination of rules, heuristics and machine learning to determine someone's suitability for a role.

To view and make changes to your Criteria, read this article.

❓ How is my Criteria being applied to different channels?

The criteria surfaced in Dover App is used to identify which candidates to target for Dover's Sourcing Autopilot.

A more permissive set of these Criteria are applied to applicants. This is because applicants are actively interested and more likely to convert to a hire.

❓ When do changes to my criteria take effect?

For Sourcing Autopilot, it typically takes a few business days to see changes take effect. Dover identifies and emails candidates for your job every day. Candidates may take several days to respond. Candidates who matched an earlier set of search criteria can still be surfaced in Slack. The Slack message will indicate if they are not a match for your current criteria.

For inbound, a more permissive set of the updated criteria will be applied immediately to new applicants or contact uploads.

❓ What are “automatic adjustments”?

Automatic adjustments are intelligent changes Dover makes to your search criteria to better adapt to your preferences and to ensure optimal candidate flow.

Dover intelligently adjusts your search criteria when Dover needs to find more candidates to target for Sourcing Autopilot

If you would like to opt out of these automatic adjustments, feel free to toggle this off and no adjustments will be made to the search automatically. Please note this will impact Dover’s ability to deliver consistent candidate flow.

❓ What if I want Dover to make search adjustments for me?

If you're on a premium plan, please reach out to your Embedded Recruiter to make changes for you.

❓ What if I can’t find the criteria I want in the Dover App?

Please read this article in our help center with a comprehensive list of Filters that you can adjust yourself in the Dover App. Please reach out to Support if you need help.

❓ What is a Similar Candidate?

Similar candidates are generated based on candidates whom you’ve either approved in Slack or while calibrating your search criteria. Although similar candidates don’t currently pass the search calibration, they are highly similar to approved candidates. Dover finds similar candidates using the following methodologies:

  1. If the approved candidate recently worked at a company in a Dover company list, we may look for candidates who work at companies in the same Dover company list and who almost passed the search criteria

    1. For example: if an approved candidate works at Stripe, Stripe is in Dover’s “Top FinTech startups” list, a similar candidate may be generated from Plaid, another company in our “Top FinTech startups” list

  2. If the approved candidate’s current company description has a high percentage of keywords that match the keywords of a different candidate’s company description

    1. For example: if an approved candidate works at OpenAI, and generative AI is a keyword mentioned in the company description for OpenAI, similar candidates may be generated from other companies that mention generative AI in their company description, like Anthropic

❓How will I know if a candidate is a Similar Candidate or a candidate who passes my search criteria?

When a candidate is a Similar Candidate and is surfaced to you in Slack, the message will say "This candidate has a high degree of similarity to a candidate you approved."

❓How can I only see candidates who pass my search criteria filters and not Similar Candidates?

By default, the Similar Candidates feature will be turned off. You can make adjustments on the Overview page for each job under Sourcing Autopilot. Click Configure, select Settings from the dropdown, and under the Similar Candidates tab, toggle Off the Source similar candidates feature.

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