RescueTime, the makers of a web-based time management tool, has come up with another service aimed to help companies find potential new employees. Touted as the “CarFax report for potential new employees”, RescueTime Introductions promises not to find a candidate that is 100% perfect for a position. Rather, it narrows down the field to a number of potential hires based on a broad range of factors. It is up to the companies to ultimately interview candidates and make the final decision.
RescueTime’s service matches potential employees with employers by analyzing their time spent on industry websites, tools and programs used, and other activities they do during a typical day. For example, if someone spends a lot of their time in a text editor such as, TextMate, chances are good that they are a great programmer or web developer. On the other hand, if someone is spending time at off topic websites, RescueTime is quick to say that this doesn’t mean the candidate is lazy. It could show that they are uninterested or is not sufficiently challenged at their current job.
The company is working with companies such as Dropbox, JustinTV and Twitter to help refine their algorithms to figure out what working in a particular position entails. This is what sets Introductions apart from regular job postings on websites and Craigslist. Rather than post requirements for ideal candidates, they have data from these partner companies to finely tailor what a specific position requires.
RescueTime isn’t seeking to reinvent the recruiting space, they are merely making it easier for companies to find new hires by narrowing down the exact qualities they want in a new recruit. Be sure to check out the video to see how RescueTime Introductions works. Let us know in the comments if this is something your company could use.