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Advanced search on a List with Boolean Syntax
Advanced search on a List with Boolean Syntax

This article hows you how to use Boolean Syntax to search candidates on the Hotlist.

Written by Greg Scott
Updated over a week ago

Boolean Syntax

A Boolean search request consists of a group of words or phrases linked by connectors such as AND, OR, NOT that indicate the relationship between them.

Below you can see a few examples.

Expression and Meaning

  • apple AND pear ? Both words must be present

  • apple OR pear ? Either word can be present

  • apple AND NOT pear ? apple must be present and pear must not be present

Using multiple Connectors

If you use more than one connector, you should use parentheses to indicate precisely what you want to search for. For example, apple AND pear OR orange could mean

  1. (apple AND pear) or orange,

  2. or it could mean apple AND (pear OR orange).

Special Operators

Search terms may include the following special characters:

  • ( ) Parentheses for precedence and grouping.

  • ? Matches any single character. Example: appl? matches apply or apple.

  • * Matches any number of characters. Example: appl* matches application.

  • ~ Fuzzy search. Example: managang~ matches managing.

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