I use Searchlight all the time in my hiring process now - either to work out whether to phone interview an applicant, or to get more info on them pre 2nd interview
Before Searchlight, I only reference checked candidates right at the end of the hiring process as a final check gate. With Searchlight, now I’m getting way more peer-reviewed info on candidates way sooner, and I can use this info to decide whether to proceed candidates in the hiring process
Gets me info on candidates I wouldn’t usually find out till much later in the process, if at all!
All my previous cons (better mobile view, easier candidate info export) have been fixed recently
Searchlight helps us understand candidates much better than we could during our interview process. Because Searchlight knows what questions to ask of former colleagues, you can get an understanding of what its like working with a candidate very quickly.
Searchlight does all the hard work of figuring out what we should be asking references and giving us a consistent rubric to evaluate candidates on. If not for Searchlight, our reference checking process would be ad hoc and prone to mistakes or missed opportunities.
The app is super easy to use for the employer as well as candidates.
Candidates are impressed that we use Searchlight because it shows them that we're making an effort to get to know them.
I strongly recommend using Searchlight as part of a recruiting process and using it early in your candidate pipeline. Getting to know candidates through the eyes of their former colleagues is insanely powerful.
It's the best way to understand candidates through the eyes of their former colleagues.
There are a few small UI issues but they don't detract from the core value.