faculty hiring

University highlights improved faculty hiring

Online reference feedback makes hiring process more efficient while delivering insight on candidates’ soft skills

SkillSurvey, Inc., provider of hiring solutions to recruit, hire and manage employees to drive business results, released a new video featuring the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and its talent leaders discussing how they benefit from online reference checking to improve faculty hiring.

For the fastest growing campus in the state of Colorado, SkillSurvey is helping provide insight on candidates’ soft skills to meet the needs of a diverse student body consisting of many students who are the first in their families to attend college. It is critical for higher education institutions like UCCS to identify faculty members who can form great relationships, motivate and inspire all types of students, especially those whose families may be new to the college setting.

“SkillSurvey provides information that we just can’t get during the application process or by interviewing,” said Kara Carragher, Business and HR Professional, College of Business, UCCS.

“It sometimes takes a month to get written letters of recommendation. We’re getting the SkillSurvey online reference feedback within 48 hours,” said Lindsay Kneel, Business and HR Professional, School of Public Affairs at UCCS.

The video can be viewed at http://www.skillsurvey.com/resource/uccs-case-study/.

“It was so exciting to visit the UCCS campus and hear first-hand from deans, faculty, and HR specialists how the reference feedback that SkillSurvey delivers is helping them improve their hiring process and bring the best faculty members on board,” said Jann Gillingham, SkillSurvey’s Higher Education Specialist.

Using SkillSurvey’s online, automated reference system, recruiters enter a job candidate and then choose a job-specific survey from a library of hundreds of options, which map to thousands of job titles in the workplace. Candidates enter their professional (work) references, and confidential feedback by the references is submitted to the online system – typically in less than two days. In addition to quantitative ratings, feedback can be provided by references in the form of optional, open-ended comments on the candidate’s top three work-related strengths and areas for improvement.

Laura Ascione