Managing and Progressing the Candidate Pool

This guide will cover:

  • Screening candidates, creating a matrix, requesting and receiving approval to advance the candidate to the Interview Step.  
  • Communicating with candidates throughout the search process.
  • The process of interviewing, updating the matrix, selecting a candidate, requesting and receiving approval to advance the candidate to the Offer Step.
  • Making an offer and finalizing the hire.

Although this guide outlines the basic steps of the systematic process, remember the Human Resources Employment Partners (307-766-2377) are available for questions and guidance at any point in the process.


Access Recruiting

Navigate to the Recruiting section of WyoCloud from WyoWeb.

  • Upon signing in, the homepage will display. Click on the Navigator button (three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner.

  • Select Taleo Recruiting under the My Team header within the Navigator.

  • Navigate to the Recruiting section.

Adobe Flash is required for use of recruiting.  For assistance enabling Flash within your browser, see this Knowledge Base article.


Access List of Candidates

Navigate to the Requisition that is being filled and select the candidate to screen their profile.

  • Click on Requisitions in top tool bar or the dashboard.

  • On the Requisitions window, find the Requisition that is being filled.
  • Click on the number link next to the Requisition Title to view the list of candidates.

Screening Candidates

Review candidate information, complete hire matrix (benefited jobs) and progress into approvals.

  • Select the candidate name to review their application.

  • Candidate information can be reviewed by clicking the expand icon in each section of the candidate file.

  • Please note section 6. Questionnaire includes answers to the required UW application questions such as veteran status and conviction related information.
    • Note: Candidates cannot be screened out based upon the answers to these questions. If you have questions/concerns, contact your Employment Partner (307-766-2377).

  • Click on the Attachment tab to view documents the candidate submitted such as cover letter, resume/CV and/or other supplemental documents.

After reviewing all candidates, all benefited hires must complete a hiring matrix.  

  • To begin the matrix, return to the list of all candidates where you will export all candidate details to Excel.
  • Check the box at the top to select all candidates then click the Excel icon.

  • This exports an excel containing the basic details for all candidates, from here you can delete columns that don’t apply and build out the matrix including job specific minimum and desired qualifications. If you need assistance, contact your Employment Partner (307-766-2377).

The Profile column provides a link directly to the candidate’s application within the system.

  • After completing the matrix, the Hiring Manager/Assistant MUST email it to the Employment Partner.  They will attach it to the requisition. 
  • In addition, the candidates must be updated within the system.
  • Check the box to the left of the candidates you’d like to progress onto the next step.

  • Click on the More Actions drop down then Change Step/Status.
    • Note: When changing the status of multiple candidates at once, all selected candidates must but in the same step/status and be moving to the same step/status.

  • In the pop up window, use the New Status drop down to progress candidates you’d like to interview to the next approval status (Request HR Approval for staff jobs, EEO for academic or administrative).
  • Click Save and Close.

No additional action can be completed until approvals are complete.  The Hiring Manager/Hiring Manager Assistant will receive email notification when approval is complete.


Interview Step

After receiving approval, selected candidates will appear with a step of Interview.  The Hiring Manager (or Search Committee) will schedule and conduct interviews outside the system.  After interviews, the hiring matrix should be updated and hiring manager/assistant will update the candidates to the appropriate statuses.

After initial interview approval, multiple rounds of interviews may be completed.  The hiring matrix should be updated to reflect all official contact with the candidate.

  • Throughout the interview scheduling and completing process, candidate’s statuses should be updated.

Once candidate pool has been narrowed, candidate reference checks via Skill Survey can be requested.  The exact timing of this check is up to the hiring manager’s discretion.

  • To initiate the Skill Survey reference check, check the box next to candidates you’d like included. Click on More Actions then Change Step/Status.

  • In the pop up window, move the New Status drop down to Proceed to Reference Check for candidates you’d like to complete reference check.
  • Click Save and Close.

Once completed, a summary of the Reference Check is provided to the Hiring Manager/Assistant by the Employment Partner.  The Hiring Manager/Assistant may disseminate information to Search Committee members as necessary. Note: Further progress cannot be completed until the Reference Check is completed.

  • If the Hiring Manager wishes to advance the candidate, the status can be changed. If the Hiring Manager chooses to reject the candidate, explanation must be provided from the Details and Disposition list.
  • Click Save and Close when finished.




Select the candidate(s) to communicate a verbal offer.

  • The Hiring Manager/Assistant will receive notification once the Interview step is completed, indicating their action is necessary to move the process forward.
  • At this stage, only the final candidates should remain in the Step Pre-Offer – Candidate Selection Under Hiring Manager Review. The Hiring Manager/Assistant may determine to move all remaining candidates forward in the process, or reject some of the remaining candidates based on the information revealed in the reference check.

Final candidates should be progressed to the Request Final Candidate Selection Approval status.  The final hiring matrix must also be emailed to the Employment Partner.

  • Check the box(es) to the left of the desired candidates and click More Actions then Change Step/status.

  • Update candidate(s) to the status Submitted for EEO/HR Review status, click Save and Close.  This will route the final candidate(s) to EEO/HR for their approval.
  • At this point it may be appropriate to also update status and disposition candidates which are not progressing in the search. See Finalizing the Hire step for details.

Rank all candidates that are acceptable for hire within the final matrix. Be sure to upload this final version of the matrix to the attachments tab.  All candidates who fit this criteria should be placed into the Submit for EEO/HR Review status. The Hiring Manager/Assistant will receive an email notification once approved.

No additional action can be completed until approvals are complete.  The Hiring Manager/Hiring Manager Assistant will receive email notification when approval is complete.

  • At this time, the Hiring Manager/Assistant is responsible for communicating the verbal offer of employment outside of the system. This action typically occurs over the phone. Once the hiring manager speaks to the candidate, the hiring manager indicates the candidate’s response in the system. To do so, click on More Actions, and Change Step/status on the candidate profile.

  • The Hiring Manager will update the step/status based on the candidate’s response. If the candidate accepts the verbal offer, select Verbal Offer Accepted, add comments.
  • Click Save and Continue.

  • After hitting Save and Continue, the status should show as Proceed to Written Offer.
  • Click Save and Close

  • If the candidate does not accept the verbal offer, select Pre-Offer Rejected, select the most appropriate reason for their withdrawal from the Details or Disposition list, add comments, and click Save and Close.


Finalizing the Hire

Once the verbal offer is accepted and the candidate’s status is changed to Proceed to Written Offer, contact your Employment Partner to communicate specific hire details, such as salary, start date (MUST be a minimum of 2 weeks out, unless otherwise arranged with the Employment Partner), and other information.


The recruiter will kick off appropriate actions in the system to finalize the hire.  Throughout this process, the Hiring Manager/Assistant will be able to view changes in the candidate’s status within the requisition.  In addition, some stages include email notifications to the Hiring Manager (when the offer has been accepted, for example). The following are some examples of the stages the candidate will move through.


The Employment Partner will prepare the written offer and send it through appropriate approvals.  These approvals begin with the Hiring Manager and continue up the chain to the Vice President level (for most hire types).  While Approvals are in progress, this will be noted on the candidate’s status.

Once all approvals are received, the candidate will show with a status of Offer Approved.

After approvals are complete, the Employment Partner will extend the offer which places the candidate in the Offer Extended status.

After the offer has been accepted, the Employment Partner will continue to work with the candidate to complete a second pass application (personal details which are not collected as part of the application are provided, such as social security number, date of birth and gender) and background screening.


Sending Correspondence to Unsuccessful Candidates

Throughout the process, it is the Hiring Manager/Assistant’s responsibility to communicate to other candidates that they are no longer in consideration for the position.  This can be done earlier in the process for candidates you know will not be considered even if a top candidate withdraws.  However, it must be completed for all remaining candidates prior to finalizing the hire.

  • To send a rejection to a candidate, check the box next to the rejected candidate’s name.
  • Click More Actions and Send Correspondence.

  • In the Send Correspondence pop-up window, click the selector icon next to From Template to choose a pre-defined template.

  • In the Template Selector pop-up window, click Select next to the appropriate rejection template.

  • Click Next on the Send Correspondence window.

  • In the Message Preview window verify that all information is correct. To edit the message, click Edit.
  • Once all information has been verified, click Send.

Correspondence can be sent for multiple candidates at once only if they are in the same step/status AND have the same reason for rejecting (ie: did not meet minimum qualifications).

You have now completed the steps to manage and progress the candidate pool.

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