York firm develop software to improve the interview process for recruiters and job seekers (From York Press)
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Shortlister.com develop software to improve the interview process for recruiters and job seekers
A YORK-based technology business is aiming to revolutionise the recruitment process after its software attracted financial backing from one of the region’s leading entrepreneurs.
Shortlister.com is the brain child of Harrogate-born David Dewey who, frustrated by his own experiences as an interview candidate, decided to develop software to improve the process for both employers and job seekers.
Mr Dewey now runs the business from the Phoenix Centre, in Lord Mayor’s Walk, having spent two years developing the concept into an online video interview platform.
The venture has attracted the interest of Tim Whitworth, co-founder and former chief executive of clothing chain Republic, who has pledged a six-figure investment into the business.
As a result, Mr Dewey has launched an online test for Shortlister.com, and is inviting businesses in the region to come forward and benefit from free use of the software during this testing phase.
Mr Dewey said: “We have developed the next generation of video interview software which simulates a real interview, making it engaging for candidates while also saving recruiters significant time and therefore costs in the initial selection stages.
“As well as providing an outstanding service and cost savings for recruiters, ensuring that the interview is a positive experience for the candidate is also central to our business model. For example, with Shortlister.com every single candidate is promptly notified as to whether or not they have been successful.
“We are already working with a number of clients on the beta version of the platform prior to its full launch in January and we are keen for more businesses to be involved and help us make any last minute enhancements before we launch commercially in the New Year.”
Mr Whitworth said: “Having first-hand knowledge of the challenges and costs of being responsible for recruitment in a large business with a 2,500-plus workforce, I could immediately see the huge benefits offered by a professional online interviewing service which provides candidates and recruiters with a life-like interview experience.
“If candidates have a poor interview experience, this can cause reputational damage for the employer’s brand.
“With HR teams struggling to keep up with increasing workloads, Shortlister.com saves time by streamlining the screening process while also ensuring that each interview is as good as the last. The ability to easily share interviews and involve key decision makers will result in better hires.”
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