Longmont United Hospital Begins Online Reference Assessment

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Aims to Support Planetree Philosophy through Improved Candidate Screening  

SkillSurvey, Inc. has announced that Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colorado is the latest healthcare facility to take advantage of SkillSurvey Pre‐Hire 360® and Passive Candidate Compiler™ for improving the efficiency of its hiring process and the quality of its employment decisions. The hospital will rely on SkillSurvey's online tool, Pre‐Hire360® to automate its ability to gather telling information on job candidates' behaviors, qualifications, and skills from their bosses, peers, and subordinates. Because the survey's electronic format is easy, confidential, and tailored to the job at hand, the feedback it elicits is a powerful tool for differentiating between job applicants. Employers such as Longmont United Hospital can base their hiring decision not on who "looks good on paper" or who "aces the job interview," but on who has performed well for previous employers.

The Passive Candidate Compiler™ is a database of people participating in the Pre‐Hire360® survey who would like to be kept informed of future openings. It is thus an efficient way for employers to build a network of prospects that can be tapped as the need arises. Longmont United Hospital employs over 1,300 healthcare workers and is distinguished by being a member of Planetree and a recipient of the Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and the Cardiac Care Excellence Award™, both from HealthGrades® for 2009. Longmont United Hospital subscribes to the Planetree philosophy of healing the body, mind, and spirit concurrently and so seeks caregivers who exhibit extraordinary compassion with patients and who are able to work cohesively with co‐workers.

"It's incredibly important to find the right people to work in our environment, because a bad hire can sabotage the teamwork and collaboration that is necessary to the kind of care and service that a Planetree organization strives to provide," asserted Warren Laughlin, vice president of Human Resources for Longmont. "We've struggled for some time to find a better way to get useful information from reference checks--and to do it efficiently. Longmont United Hospital is very excited to begin using SkillSurvey; we believe it will help us tremendously in both those areas."    

Ray Bixler, CEO, SkillSurvey maintains, "Whenever an organization places a high value on its corporate culture, it needs to tread carefully in the recruitment process, making offers only to those applicants who have demonstrated an affinity with the organization's belief system, given their past behavior and inherent qualities. Gathering candid feedback through Pre‐Hire360® is the most expedient way I know to ensure a good fit within an organization."

About SkillSurvey: SkillSurvey is the leading provider of online reference assessment solutions that increase quality of hire and improve recruiting efficiency. Using SkillSurvey, organizations improve the quantity and quality of information they collect regarding a candidate's past work performance, providing better information to recruiters and hiring managers as they make decisions on new hires. SkillSurvey also significantly reduces time and money spent on reference checking. This breakthrough, patent‐pending approach to reference assessments is based on over 25 years of research in job competency modeling. More information is available at http://www.skillsurvey.com.

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Darica Ward
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