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Pre-Hire 360® Addresses Top IT Hiring Issue in 2015: Identifying Soft Skills Critical for Success

SkillSurvey Introduces Online Reference Solution at EDUCAUSE Connect Conference


SkillSurvey, the leading provider of hiring solutions that address critical points in the talent lifecycle, and the premiere provider of on-line automated reference checking will showcase how its Pre-Hire 360® solution helps educational institutions obtain data-driven insight on a job candidate’s soft skills – one of the top hiring issues identified by IT leaders – at EDUCAUSE Connect San Antonio (April 22-24, 2015). 

“Colleges must be able to quickly identify candidates who can build bridges between IT and the rest of the institution; they need candidates who don’t just adapt to change, but are able to lead and drive innovation  as the situation demands.” said Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey.  “Colleges and universities are turning to SkillSurvey ’s Pre-Hire 360 to deliver the data-driven insight on the soft skills that are critical for success in today’s higher education IT environment.” 

A recent study of more than 2,000 IT professionals by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) found that soft skills are rated by chief information officers, managers, and staff alike as being the most important skills for success. The findings also show that although technical proficiency is important, it is not as important as the ability to communicate effectively.  Other competencies that were ranked as being important by the study included strategic thinking and planning, the ability to influence others and manage relationships and staff. 

Pre-Hire 360 is based on best practices in competency modeling, statistical validation and input from customers. There are more than 350 job-specific surveys available that help our customers obtain confidential feedback from references on the competencies and behaviors including critical soft skills that typically lead to success in a given role. 

Pre-Hire 360 allows hiring managers to evaluate a candidate’s past performance based on answers to survey questions provided by prior managers, co-workers and direct reports. 

Once the candidate enters their references, the references are sent a link to complete an online confidential and job specific survey. On average 85% of references respond, with more than four references per candidate providing responses. With Pre-Hire 360, references respond in 1 to 2 business days. In addition to providing valuable reference feedback, Pre-Hire 360 streamlines the hiring process, dramatically reducing reference checking times. 

Pre-Hire 360 surveys are available for positions all across campus, including:  
Academic Advisor
Academic Dean
Admissions Officer
Business Systems Analyst
Campus Public Safety Officer
Career Counselor
Computer Programmer
Configuration Manager
Database Administrator
Director of Development/ Alumni Relations
Faculty – Adjunct, Online, & Regular
Financial Aid Counselor
Helpdesk Support
IT Project Manager
Instructional Designer
Network Engineer
Programmer Analyst
Residence Hall Director
System Administrator  

About SkillSurvey® 

SkillSurvey provides cloud-based solutions to help human capital management professionals manage critical points in the talent lifecycle using data and insight to more effectively recruit, hire and manage employees to drive business results. The company’s flagship solution, Pre-Hire 360®, is an award-winning, patented technology that utilizes a unique combination of behavioral science and talent analytics. SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360 reference solution is scientifically proven to provide data that can be used to drive more informed hiring decisions based upon feedback provided by references on a candidate’s past job performance. The company also offers an extension of Pre-Hire 360 in the form of a passive sourcing solution, The Q®, and the recently launched Credential 360® , a new solution that helps hospitals and healthcare organizations improve patient care outcomes by expediting the professional credential verification process. SkillSurvey’s cloud-based software products are being used by 1,400 companies, institutions and organizations. Visit SkillSurvey at, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

SkillSurvey®, and Pre-Hire 360® are registered trademarks of SkillSurvey Inc. or its affiliates and are registered in the U.S. and other countries. 

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