SkillSurvey Launches a New Candidate Sourcing Innovation, The Q

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The QSM shrinks recruiter sourcing time by turning candidate references into warm leads.

SkillSurvey®, Inc., the inventor and leading provider of online reference-checking solutions, has announced a new sourcing platform, The Q℠, which focuses on tapping an applicant’s job references as potential job candidates themselves. SkillSurvey built The Q℠ because recruiters have long recognized that references are considered a valuable source of highly qualified candidate leads to fill open positions. Phone reference checks have historically concluded with recruiters asking references about their own job situation and whether they would be interested in learning more about career opportunities at their company. The Q℠ was built to maximize this growing source of high quality passive candidates by automating lead capture and providing online networking opportunities and direct job advertising for recruiters.

A social sourcing solution like no other, The Q℠ automatically invites references that provide candidate feedback via SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360® reference checking solution to learn more about existing job openings. Based on the notion that “good people know good people,” The Q℠ rapidly becomes populated with references that have similar work experience and skills of candidates already vetted for jobs. By focusing on these individuals who already have the right experience and skill profile, as well as expressed interest in the hiring company, recruiters can eliminate the hours spent sourcing unqualified or often uninterested candidates on open social networks. This not only reduces sourcing time but allows recruiters to hone in on those qualified and interested candidates who are ready to make a move before they slip away.

“Over the past decade, sourcing has become a separate job function within the recruitment organization as talent acquisition executives recognized that having robust talent pipelines in place can significantly reduce days-to-fill,” says Ray Bixler, president and chief executive officer of SkillSurvey. “While the unemployment rate remains high, sourcing quality candidates is still very much a challenge, especially for those hard-to-fill positions. The Q℠ helps to eliminate the time spent sifting through hundreds of profiles and resumes online by automatically delivering high-quality candidates right to the recruiter with little effort.”

After references provide feedback on candidates-for-hire, they become members of The Q℠ and can create professional profiles to share with recruiters while directly viewing and applying for open positions. They can also extend invitations to members of their own social networks and refer specific individuals to posted positions.

Over time, a pipeline of high qualified talent is built that allows recruiters to spend more time nurturing relationships and less time manually capturing reference contact information or worse yet, blanketing social networks with the hope that someone will return their call. With The Q℠, recruiters get much more than just names on a list to contact. Instead they receive:

  •     More complete profiles and resumes of interested candidates
  •     Insight into how active or passive candidates are in their job searches
  •     A portal to communicate and engage with passive candidates on a one-on-one basis or in mass through email marketing
  •     Personalized dashboards highlighting candidates and jobs relevant to each recruiter and their current job openings

The Q is available to SkillSurvey customers today. To learn more about The Q℠, visit SkillSurvey at

About SkillSurvey®, Inc.
SkillSurvey® is the inventor of online reference-checking solutions that improve quality-of-hire and increase recruiting efficiency. Its solutions allow recruiters and hiring managers to collect feedback from references on a candidate’s behaviors and work performance. The information, all gathered electronically, is used to make better hiring decisions. This patent-pending approach to reference assessments is based on over 30 years of research in job competency modeling. SkillSurvey® was named one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. magazine and it is also a 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ firm. Over two million people will utilize SkillSurvey® this year. Visit SkillSurvey at

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