November 24, 2008 08:30 ET
Too Many Candidates, Too Little Time: harQen's VoiceScreener Eliminates the Pain of Conducting Telephone Interviews
HarQen's Web-Telephony Solution Streamlines the Interview Process Through Custom Automation and Social Media; Enters Private Beta November 24th
MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - HarQen, a leading web-telephony company,
announced today that they are expanding the private beta launch of
VoiceScreener™, a human resources solution that virtually eliminates the
need to conduct live phone interviews. HarQen's VoiceScreener lets HR
professionals use their phone and a simple web-based dashboard to create
and distribute custom, recorded phone interviews.
"As a hiring manager myself, I can attest personally to the need for HR
tools that make the interviewing process easier, more cost-effective, and
time-efficient," said E. Kelly Fitzsimmons, Co-founder and CEO of harQen.
"VoiceScreener is essentially TiVo® for interviews. Through our automated
voice-screening process, employers can eliminate live phone screens,
allowing both candidates and hiring managers to engage in the interviewing
process at a time that works best for them individually."
Given the recent flood of highly qualified candidates on the market today,
VoiceScreener is arriving at just the right time for HR professionals who
are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of inbound resumes. From the hiring
manager's perspective, setting up VoiceScreener is as easy as setting up a
voicemail box. Using a telephone, the manager simply records a greeting
and a series of interview questions. VoiceScreener then allows the hiring
manager to invite candidates to interview either through a link in a
personalized email message or via an "Interview Now" button, which can be
inserted into any online job posting. The candidates follow the link to a
customized web page that has details about the company and job being
offered. After answering an optional series of knock-out questions on the
website, candidates enter their phone number and respond to the
pre-recorded interview questions over their telephones. Once a candidate
has completed an interview on VoiceScreener, the hiring manager receives an
alert and can then listen to the response at a convenient time. In
addition, hiring managers can invite team members to review candidate
responses and rank them. VoiceScreener then automatically generates a
report that lists the candidates who have completed the interview in order
of team preference. The entire process is managed with a simple online
dashboard without the need for IT or administrative support.
"VoiceScreener is the single most important automation tool allowing me to
streamline and scale my small, fast-growing recruiting business," said
Jeani Park, CEO of Park & Motevassel, a high tech staffing and consulting
firm and current private beta customer. "As a VoiceScreener user, I save
eight to nine hours per week. This translates into making one to three more
placements a month, which translates into $40,000 to $50,000 more in gross
Beginning today, private beta users can visit the VoiceScreener website and
set up their own campaigns.
"Our goal is to start a conversation with savvy HR professionals and gather
feedback on VoiceScreener's usability, feature set and interface," noted
Fitzsimmons. "We are looking to start a dialog with the HR community and
fine tune our offering."
"Recently, we used VoiceScreener to help us fill an office manager
position," commented Fitzsimmons. "We had forty inbound resumes and invited
all of them to interview via VoiceScreener. Within 72 hours, we had 26
interviews completed. I asked my team to listen to the responses first.
Twenty-four hours later, I had a report with all the candidates ranked in
order of my team's preference. I listened to the top five and ended up
inviting all of those candidates to interview in person. From the first day
of our job listing to her first day on the job was exactly 30 days."
VoiceScreener is expected to launch publicly in January. For more
information, go to www.voicescreener.com.
HarQen (pronounced HAR-ken) is a leading web telephony company that
leverages its voice to web audio technology platform to develop smart,
easy-to-use business applications that solve real world problems. HarQen's
principal application, VoiceScreener for HR, is providing a low-cost and
time efficient means to pre-screen candidates through its proprietary
platform that is easily deployed and optimized for small businesses and
scalable for large enterprises. In addition, harQen's StoryTeller toolset
powers Comic Wonder (www.comicwonder.com), the first and only competitive
arena for joke-telling online.