Gross Negative Disqualifier (GND)

What is a Gross Negative Disqualifier (GND)?

Gross negative disqualifier (GNDs) is another name for a killer question, which is a form of automated screening. These are questions that are typically asked at the start of the application process to firstly allow a candidate to self-qualify that they are suitable for the role they are applying to (e.g. they have the necessary mandatory qualifications). This avoids them unnecessarily having to complete the entire application form only to be screened out immediately. Secondly, from the recruiter side, these questions reduce the number of inappropriate candidates that need to be screened, so more focus may be given to more suitable candidates.

Examples of GNDs:

  • Are you over the age of 18?
  • Do you have a valid driving licence?
  • Do you have valid qualification XXX?
  • Do you have any unspent criminal convictions?
  • Can you travel to XXX as part of your daily commute?


The Advorto system allows you to create 'company-wide' GNDs as well as vacancy-specific GNDs. This allows you to centrally control the criteria that all employees should pass.

Advorto also allows you to force hiring managers and recruiters to only use a pool of approved GNDs.

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