Free Job Board Launches Offering Online Interviewing

A new job board launched a few days ago, providing evidence that entrepreneurs aren’t intimated by the worsening recession and that they’re still struggling with Web 2.0 forms.

InovaHire is the latest offering in the crowded job board market. It’s a traditional job board except that job postings and employer profiles are free. The company generates revenue on a pay-per-view basis for display ads and links back to advertiser websites. For now these reside in two resource centers: one for candidates that offers things like resume writing and office supplies, and one for employers offering drug testing services and office furniture.

There’s also the usual employer profile enhanced with a clever Amazon-like feature that shows job-seekers what other sites people who visited that employer also viewed. That works both ways. Employers searching candidate profiles get to see who else other employers looked at.

What sets InovaHire apart is a sort of Instant Interview request. When you come across a candidate interesting enough to talk to, InovaHire enables you to contact them and schedule an online interview. Both of you need to have a microphone and webcam, but these are so ubiquitous — and so cheap — that it’s almost a non-issue. Of course there are other online interview solutions out there, but InovaHire’s solution is free and doesn’t require anything special in the way of software or connections.

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In other ways, InovaHire is fairly standard, perhaps a touch dated. Resumes have to be entered manually in the fields the company provides. Jobseekers must provide a date of birth, but are told it won’t be displayed, so we have to assume it will eventually be used to target ads based on demos.

Founders Eric Schifone and Tanya Willette hail from New England, in the Boston area. Schifone has experience in high tech recruiting, while Willette, recently out of Southern New Hampshire University, has been working as an independent consultant to small firms for several years.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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3 Comments on “Free Job Board Launches Offering Online Interviewing

  1. If you haven’t been to Inovahire.com, you should go there now. Inovahire.com just updated their resume section, and now all job seekers have to do is simply cut and paste their existing resume into their personal profile. This site is a social network like job board and unique from anything else today. It’s a two-way street where recruiters can do keyword searches to find candidates and candidates can search for jobs. All on this one site you can organize your search, communicate, schedule and have a live online interview. It’s really amazing.

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