Searchlight

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Shasta Ventures
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Phil King
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Recently received a request to submit a reference check for a former colleague. I'm always happy to have a thoughtful conversation with a prospective hiring manager about a coworker's strengths, areas for growth, and especially how to set them up for success. Searchlight fails primarily at creating a conversation -- writing a basic thoughtful recommendation across a dozen (or more) questions is simply work, with none of the benefits of conversation or further probing that a hiring manager should get via a reference discussion. If you're unwilling to have a phone/video/coffee conversation with someone for a reference check, then simply don't do it. Or use a much more lightweight approach than what Searchlight is doing. Don't ask someone - likely a manager/leader with a busy schedule - to volunteer 30+ minutes of their time to give valuable feedback to a impersonal webform. The Searchlight approach also completely misses another side benefit of reference discussions -- as a hiring manager you have the opportunity to describe your company and establish a relationship with the person you're meeting. Instead you're just forcing someone to do a lot of work without giving them the benefit of meeting you, learning about your company, or even having a thoughtful conversation. Lastly, there's no evidence of "AI" in terms of asking follow up questions, diving into details, etc. This appears to be just a simple webform asking for long written answers and a few multi-select responses. I'm very motivated to help folks via being a reference, but actively hope I don't have to use Searchlight again in the future.
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Roshan Mirajkar
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Lauren Dachille
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So happy about this product - it's an excellent idea and much needed!
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Ali Afshar
Recommended this product
We use Searchlight with all our job candidates and it really helps us understand the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses better than a CV! A lot of great candidates are going to get discovered and hired with this product
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Jason Boehmig
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Great product, great founders. Thoughtful approach to making the the current reference process better for everyone, which is more needed than ever in this world.
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Mitch Morando
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Claire Shaw
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Tom
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Mustafa Paksoy
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I’ve been using this to provide warm intros for my former students who were affected by COVID 19 layoffs. Searchlight’s reference questions are super effective, making great use of my time – they truly get to the root of what it’s like to work with someone. It also feels really good to know that my students can use my references multiple times across their job application process. This will have a meaningful impact on how we think about supporting people in our communities and help our networks make smart hiring choices.
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