How to Make Better Hires with Purple Squirrel

April 28, 2016

11:45 am

Your company is searching for a rockstar employee to add to the team. You’ve interviewed one candidate after another to no avail. Each interviewee appears to be an exact clone of the one before them – both on paper and in their interview responses.

But you’re looking for someone who wants more than a job; you’re looking for a candidate who expresses an interest in your organization and a passion for your industry.

Look no further than Purple Squirrel’s exclusive talent community.

How Purple Squirrel Works

Purple Squirrel enlists the help of employees to source and vet great talent. After all, who better to help fill an open position than the very people who will be working with the new hire?

But this isn’t your average employee referral platform. Purple Squirrel takes a new approach to employee referrals. The platform uses a flexible incentive framework to encourage employees to become ‘ambassadors’ for the organization.      

For employers: Start by choosing your company’s ambassadors. These are the people who will interact with interested job seekers. Purple Squirrel provides necessary training to these employees. From there, employees-turned-ambassadors can review resumes and interview top prospects. Employees then recommend their top picks to HR.

So, what encourages employees to take part? Ambassadors are paid by job seekers when a job seeker books — and is pleased with — an engagement with them. Best of all, ambassadors set their own rate.   

Through this innovative and incentivized employee referral program, employers tap into a pre-vetted talent pool, free up headcount to focus on higher value initiatives, develop a more diverse workforce, and create a positive candidate experience.

For job seekers: In addition to helping companies identify and interact with skilled talent, Purple Squirrel connects job seekers with ambassadors from some of today’s top companies. It’s essentially the Airbnb for jobs.  

Job seekers start by choosing a company they’re interested in learning more about. Then they choose an ambassador from that company and book an engagement. The ambassador will call the job seeker to discuss their job, offer personalized advice, share unlisted openings, and talk about how to earn an employee referral.  

Pros and Cons of Purple Squirrel

Pros of Purple Squirrel:

  • Makes recruiting great hires easier.
  • Pricing is transparent.
  • Creates a one-of-a-kind candidate experience.
  • Offers solutions for employers, job seekers, and alumni.

Cons of Purple Squirrel:

  • Currently an invite-only platform but can request an invite.

To learn more about how Purple Squirrel can help you transform your workforce into a recruiting powerhouse, visit the website here.

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Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010). Find Heather on Google+.

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