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System sorts wheat from chaff in search for staff

first_imgSystem sorts wheat from chaff in search for staffOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today JobQ uses technology to put forward only the best candidates for jobsA new software-based system is aiming to reduce the number of unsuitablecandidates forwarded to HR and recruitment departments from online job sites,as well as bring cost and time-savings of between 25-50 per cent and 75 percent respectively. Online recruiting has long been criticised for delivering high numbers ofapplicants that may not be of the right quality. “Two or three years ago, online recruitment was the buzz word. Butwhile the upside was candidate generation, the downside was that the largenumbers of candidates made it like trying to find a needle in haystack forthose recruiting,” says Mark Housley, CEO of Axiom, developer of the newJobQ software. The Manchester-based company is well-known in the HR industry as the creatorof the Disc and Discus behavioural profiling system. It hopes that by applyingtechnology to pre-screen candidates as soon as their application lands, it canthen test them more specifically according to a client’s criteria, JobQ willbring an end to many of the frustrations associated with online recruiting andlet it realise its potential. “Many of the management systems are limited to simple skills matchingand are generally old- generation technology,” says Housley. “Theclient needs a fully-co-ordinated system that can identify motivations,numeracy skills, personality traits, corporate fit and so on.” JobQ is an application service provider-based system, which can becustom-branded and integrated with an organisation’s own online recruitingsystem and accessed via an intranet, extranet or the Internet. When an application is received, JobQ automatically assesses the candidateaccording to a company’s criteria. It gathers biographical, motivational,aptitude, skills-related and other data, and applicants found to be unsuitableat this stage could be sent a rejection response. “Axiom’s research shows that the criticism of many job applicants isthat they never get a reply from organisations. This issue will be a thing ofthe past,” says Lindsay McEwan, director of international business atAxiom. Candidates who get through the first stage can then be assessed using a widerange of testing, including psychometric and other personality testing. Axiom says it can access any kind of online testing required by clients, andJobQ is currently using Kenexa systems for skills testing and The Test Agencyand The Criterion Partnership for psychometric testing. It costs less than £20,000 to set up JobQ, and there is an ongoingmanagement fee, which will be determined by the number of applications receivedper annum. “Typically, the cost ranges from £1 to £3 per applicant,” saysMcEwan. “It is fixed for the client per annum so they know what to budgetfor. Having to spend six figures on recruitment/candidate management systems isa thing of the past. In fact, the cost of implementing JobQ is around the costof one or two adverts in the major nationals,” he claims. Axiom claims that JobQ will bring cost savings of between 25 and 50 per centand time savings of 75 per cent and McEwan believes that enabling HR to makethese cuts will help it more closely align itself with the business side of anorganisation and increase its profile of HR with their “internalcustomers”. “Recruitment should be packaged by HR professionals more like anfmcg,” he says. “One of HR’s weaknesses has been the profession’s lack of commercialliteracy. Often not budget holders, HR has been remote from the key metricsthat are essential to drive efficiencies in the area of recruitment. “I’ve found that when an HR audience is asked at recruitmentconferences questions on cost per hire, cost per retained employee (after threeto six months and beyond) and so on, only around 10 per cent say that theyknow. “JobQ encourages business literacy and will address this lack ofknowledge and so significantly increase the profile of HR within theirorganisations.” McEwan says it is premature to quote potential client names, but bus companyArriva is currently integrating the system in its graduate recruitment process.www.axiomjobq.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more