How to get started with Lever

With this guide, you can: jump right into using Lever for most day-to-day tasks.
Note: This article is designed for recruiting teams and hiring managers and is part 1 of a series. Hover over your initials or avatar in the top right corner to identify your access role, listed below your email address. If you have a Super admin or Admin access role, continue on to our article How to get started with Lever as an admin. If you're a hiring manager who will be doing your own interview scheduling, continue on to our article How to get started scheduling with Lever. If you have an Interviewer access role, skip this article and read How to get started with Lever as an Interviewer.

Welcome to Lever!

We're here to help your organization find and hire the right candidates quickly. (Want the quick pitch?  Here's what we're about!

You may be heavily involved in the recruiting process, or you may be stepping in to help from time to time. Either way, there are a few things you'll want to know how to do:

How to understand your pipeline


Meet your pipeline! All your organization's active candidates live somewhere in your pipeline, and inactive candidates are moved to your archive.

Lever offers a single, unified pipeline to help you keep your recruiting process consistent across your organization. A unified pipeline allows your team to generate consistent metrics - for instance, comparing the recruiting performance for one department to another. Your pipeline is broken into 3 pipeline segments: Lead (prospects you're reaching out to), Applicant (applicants who are reaching out to you) and Interview (candidates you're meeting with).

Within each segment are your organization's pipeline stages. Candidates progress from stage to stage (skipping any stages which aren't relevant to their particular role) until they're either hired at your organization or moved into your archive. Candidates can always be unarchived if you change your mind, or want to consider them for another role in the future.

Tip: Are you an admin wanting to learn more about best practices for pipeline management and customization? See our guide here.

How to search for candidates


It's easy to find candidates in Lever: simply begin typing their name into the search bar in the upper right corner! Lever's smart search will take nicknames into account.

If you're not sure which candidates you're looking for, simply start typing keywords into our search bar and hit enter to be taken to our search results page, which surfaces valuable information at-a-glance:


Lever will search through resumes, notes, even submitted feedback forms! You can use the filters on the left hand side to narrow down the results further.

Tip: Want to search like a power user? Our Help Center will help you search specific fields, save your searches, and use filters to surface your highly-rated candidates.

How to learn about candidates


Every candidate has their own candidate profile, which is your single source of truth: all relevant information will be found here! You can click a candidate's resume in the top right corner to open it in a popup window, but Lever will automatically parse relevant information from a resume and add it to the profile - no boring, manual data entry necessary.

Scroll down to see a candidate's activity log:


Any notes, email conversations, resume information and interview history will be recorded on the candidate profile - no more clicking around to get the full picture! We've even added a few shortcut buttons at the top so you can jump straight to the information you need.

How to add candidates

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Lever's Chrome extension imports candidates into your account seamlessly.

Note: If you're a brand new Lever customer, our dedicated implementation team will help you migrate any historical candidates into your new account.

It's easy to add candidates to your account! Here are the most common ways to do so:

How to email candidates


Keep the rest of your team in the loop about your candidate conversations! Lever's opt-in email sync feature for G-suite and Office 365-based users will automatically import email threads between you and a candidate and add them to a candidate profile.

Start a new conversation by clicking the email icon in a candidate profile:

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Left: email button in profile, Right: email button in Chrome extension

You and the candidate can continue emailing back and forth through your email provider like usual - meanwhile, your conversation is magically syncing to the candidate profile automatically!

Recruiting often involves sending the same emails over and over again - interview invitations, confirmations, offer letters, rejections, etc. Save your team time and cut down on human error by creating your own custom email templates:

Tip: Facing writer's block? Check out our example email templates and best practices.

How to communicate with colleagues

If you need to get your colleague's attention, the best way to do so is to tag them in a note. Type the @ symbol, followed by your colleague's name, then include any notes you think are relevant:

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Lever will immediately send an email to your colleague's inbox. There's no need for your colleague to open up the candidate profile, as all the relevant resume information will be included in the email:


Your colleagues can respond by replying straight to the email from Lever - no need to leave their inbox. Their response will show up as a note on the candidate's profile instantly! At-mentions are a great way to communicate with your team quickly - even on mobile!

How to submit interview feedback

Lever makes it easy to prepare for interviews and submit interview feedback quickly - even when you're on the go. When you're scheduled for a candidate interview, you'll receive a calendar invitation containing a link to the candidate's feedback form and resume, which you can access in 3 different ways:

1) In the calendar event for your interview:


2) In the Interviews page of your Lever account:

This page also lists any outstanding feedback which still needs to be completed, as well as any feedback you've submitted within the past 60 days.


3) Clicking the "Complete Feedback" button in an interview reminder email:


Choosing any of the options above will bring you to the candidate's feedback form, resume and additional contact information:


Tip: Working on the go? You can also view candidate information and submit feedback from a mobile device!

In the even that you didn't attend an interview or didn't need to submit feedback for a specific interview you were scheduled for, you can dismiss feedback.

What's next?

Nice job getting up to speed on the basics!

You're ready to start exploring your candidate pipeline, getting to know your candidates and submitting feedback on your interviews.

Take a moment to adjust your notifications and update your avatar.

If you're an admin, continue on to How to get started with Lever as an admin. Otherwise, if you're going to be handling your own interview scheduling, continue on to our guide How to get started scheduling with Lever.

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