Verified references provide essential insights into candidates' background, but they are seriously underleveraged.
Searchlight's reference assessments help employers 2X their onsite-to-close rate AND identify top-performers from underrepresented backgrounds.
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Hi, PH community! Thanks so much, @katmanalac, for hunting us! We’re Kerry and Anna, and we’re excited to launch our first product: Searchlight -- the platform for early, automated reference assessments. We’re offering a new take on an old practice, reference checks, and we'd love your feedback! If you’re hiring - use the promo code INTHEKNOW on our site and we’ll bump you the top of our list and give you 5 free candidate assessments so that you can try us out. Knowing what it’s like to work with a candidate leads to better hiring decisions. But most employers under-leverage references to understand their candidates, because the process is time-consuming and painful. Searchlight makes this process easier, faster, and better. Our platform provides customized reference forms, contacts candidates & references, handles all follow-ups, and consolidates reference insights - all in one place. Our software makes this so easy that any employer can gather references early, such as before the onsite interview. We’re twin sisters and we’ve had stressful recruiting experiences where we dropped our almost-identical resumes into a black box... never to be heard from again. We built Searchlight so that all candidates, regardless of credentials, can showcase their unique skills and abilities. Top Benefits: 1. 2X onsite-to-close rates. 🔮Identify the most promising candidates earlier. ⏱Make the offer sooner. 2. Reduce 4hrs to 4 mins… with better quality. ❓Customized reference questions. 📑Consolidated candidate reports. 3. Build a more inclusive hiring process. 💫Qualify more underrepresented talent in the pipeline. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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

Pros:

Gets me info on candidates I wouldn’t usually find out till much later in the process, if at all!

Cons:

All my previous cons (better mobile view, easier candidate info export) have been fixed recently

Thanks @aliafshar! More exciting updates coming soon 🚀
Congrats on your launch Searchlight! I was one of Searchlight's users and have used it for hiring for roles at Y Combinator. What convinced me to try it was the idea that traditional reference calls are mostly a formality and send nearly no signal to hiring decisions. At the same time is resume screening a broken process and there is a lot more candidate information that could be useful in the screening process. Searchlight solves all of this and despite being early it's very clearly a tool we'll be using for future hiring.
We've been using Searchlight as part of our hiring process. We've found its most effective if we use Searchlight early in the process instead of at the end. Searchlight is one of the best ways to uncover talented folks especially when they're just getting started or they haven't worked at big name / high prestige places. Searchlight eliminates a blindspot in our hiring process -- it helps us figure out if people kick ass or if they just do their job but not much else by understanding how their co-workers felt about working with them.

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.

Pros:

It's the best way to understand candidates through the eyes of their former colleagues.

Cons:

There are a few small UI issues but they don't detract from the core value.