Some employers utilize application software to screen applicants for potential hire. Based on certain algorithms, some potential candidates are automatically screened-out due to a lapse in employment without the opportunity to provide an explanation. This is unfortunate, as some households may have been required to take time off due to childcare issues, family illness, or other extenuating circumstances.
Eliminate this automatic exclusion from your hiring process. Screen applicants based upon their presenting skills and ability to do the job, and directly ask them about any lapse in their employment history. The opportunity to share will be both welcomed and enlightening.