Paying People to Interview — Revisited

Remember way back when – like 2008 – there was a brief flurry of activity about paying job candidates who’d be willing to interview? John Sullivan wrote about it, and so did the website TechCrunch.

In the end, it didn’t quite take off. Candidates were into it, but companies not as much.

But the company most associated with the concept, NotchUp, lives on. The venture-funded startup is doing what founder Rob Ellis calls a “pivot.” Its new product, CloudFilter, is aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses who want help managing applicants (for free).

A restaurant is trying out the product in beta, as is a city tourism board in South Africa, a hiring manager at Motorola, and others. 

Interestingly, NotchUp is launching a new paid add-on product, using crowdsourcing. With this “CloudFilter Pro” product, you create a job description, get resumes, and then send them out to a crowd of “talent scouts” for screening, rating them “qualified,” “unqualified,” or “spam.” They don’t see the contact information, so they can’t go stealing your applicants. This “Pro” plug-in should launch in about three weeks.



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