Over 10 million applications have been processed using system that predicts employee satisfaction and job tenure using intelligent assessment technology.
PORTLAND, Ore. – July 16, 2002 – Unicru, the nation’s leading provider of hiring management systems for the recruiting and retention of hourly workers, today announced that it is the first company to have processed and evaluated 10 million hourly job applications using a new generation of smart hiring technology. Unicru has revolutionized an inefficient and expensive paper-based process, offering an efficient automated system for retailers, food service companies and call centers to rapidly identify candidates that have the behaviors and skills to be successful, long-term, employees. The 10 millionth job applicant was a cashier who was hired at Texas-based Garden Ridge, Inc., a home décor retailer.
“We’re pleased to be associated with a major milestone of Unicru’s hiring management system,” said Kevin Rutherford vice president of human resources for Garden Ridge. “Unicru has dramatically improved our operational efficiency by transforming an archaic, paper-based process that took up to a week, and reducing it to a simple process that can now be done in a day.” Job candidates simply complete an electronic, paperless application including tailored assessment questions using an on-site computer or screen phone to apply for a position. Upon completion, each applicant’s response is immediately transmitted to Unicru’s secure database where the information is processed and evaluated against criteria derived from previous successful employees. Almost immediately, the hiring manager is faxed or e-mailed an easy-to-read application and candidate report that also recommends follow-up interview questions for the first face-to-face meeting. Unicru is the only company with this type of integrated platform. The company processes, evaluates and reports on approximately one application per second during the average eight-hour U.S. workday.
In respect of the applicant’s privacy, Unicru asked Garden Ridge to contact the applicant on its behalf. According to Brad Pender, the 18-year old cashier identified as the 10 millionth applicant, the process from application to job offer was quicker than expected. He had applied at several local stores when his mom suggested he apply at Garden Ridge. He applied and was offered a job the next day. “I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly,” Pender, a recent high school graduate, said. “It was easier than filling out a paper application.” Unicru is recognizing Pender with $500 in gift certificates from Unicru clients, including Kroger’s, Finish Line, Bennigan’s, Hollywood Entertainment and Target.
“Besides reaching a significant milestone in our company history,” said Chris Marsh, president and chief executive officer of Unicru, “it’s always rewarding to hear how we make a difference to job seekers like Brad, and clients like Garden Ridge. When both job seekers and employers find our system to be efficient, it underscores the value we add to the hiring process. With this milestone we are rapidly approaching the point where using smart hiring technology such as Unicru will be an essential strategy for business success.”
Unicru, Inc. is the leading provider of hiring management systems for employers of more than 80 percent of the American workforce – hourly workers. The Unicru system is deployed via on-site application centers, the Web, and through back-office processing of employers’ job applications, hiring, and terminations. With more than 13,000 on-site application centers and Web-based solutions, large retailers, call centers, and hospitality businesses use Unicru’s services nationwide. Unicru currently processes more than six million job applications per year. Clients include Universal Studios, Blockbuster Video, Metro One, Target, and Bennigan’s. On average, Unicru customers decrease employee turnover by 10-30 percent and reduce hiring time by more than half. For more information visit the company`s Web site at www.unicru.com.
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Ant Hill Marketing