Who is the best candidate to hire? This is an eternal question that human resource managers and recruitment companies wrestle with daily. Yves Lermusi, the CEO of Checkster, decided to solve that very dilemma. “Fifty percent of new hires are, on average, bad hires,” stresses Lermusi.
Several factors contribute to hiring the right candidate to fill an opening in your company. There are skills assessments, personality tests, virtual job tryouts, and structured interviews to determine a short list of hirable candidates. However, Lermusi claims many companies don’t use these procedures adequately. “All of these are good, but they are also expensive and are often not justified by the extra expense and delay. That is why most organizations are not combining these methods and instead stick with the typical resume review and interview process,” says Lermusi.
When it comes to decision time and three or four candidates fit all the criteria, one key strategy is the reference checking process. This is where Checkster comes in. This online tool automates reference checks for you — by obtaining real performance assessments from peers. Because Checkster aggregates answers, which are not specifically tied to anyone, confidentiality is assured, allowing real, honest feedback to emerge. Lermusi theorizes that “peer rating” is one of the most effective methods of assessing people, because it measures performance but also intangibles like attitude or cultural fit.
“A referral is not simply a piece of paper or words on a screen, for [it] intrinsically provide[s] a quality description of the individual by one or several other individuals,” explains Lermusi. It’s been proven in recent years that phone references are ineffective. Checkster forces references to give detailed information which fills in a complete portrait of a candidate.
Checkster can be used for more than candidate profiling. An important function is identifying fraudulent candidates, which allows you to stop the hiring process earlier, preventing a wasteful investment in the wrong hire.
Ultimately, though, this innovative tool is a bridge to digital social networking. “Digital social networks are collective intelligence enablers,” proclaims Lermusi. Potential hires normally give peers from the same industry as references, thus hiring managers can build databases of future candidates, which is especially relevant for talent in specialized professions, who aren’t found by other means of recruiting — like job board aggregators or Linkedin.
With it’s easy implementation and bold way of gathering information, Checkster is the next evolution in hiring and managing productive employees.
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