Scope Out Each Other Via Scopings, Anonymously

There’s a new recruitment site where a candidate doesn’t need a resume, doesn’t need to say who they are, doesn’t even have to go looking for the job.

Some companies have made hires that way for years. It’s just that those “special” candidates are the boss’s relatives. For the rest of the world, the new site is an experiment in anonymous sourcing. It’s called Scopings and it sort of reminds us of those old computer dating programs. Candidates put in a little bit of information about themselves; employers put in a little more information.

Home page of the new website

The computer compares the candidates to the job description and suggests possible matches. Then the courting begins.

Only when both of you show enough signs of interest is the cloak of anonymity dropped.

That’s the essence of the site. As might be expected it has bells and whistles to manage the courtship, including the ability to create “rounds,” which are elimination questions. These rounds of questions can be done online or by phone. The downside to the latter is that you have to listen to a bunch of voicemails. The plus is that you get a taste of a candidate’s communication skills without an interview.

Scopings is both a site and a service. Candidates can stumble upon Scopings to register and set up a scope, creating a database that will be owned by Novologies LLC, the Brooklyn company behind the site. (For the moment, Scopings is offering jobs only in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Boston.)

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Or employers can engage Scopings to handle one or more reqs. In that case, Scopings becomes the candidate entry point for applying, anonymously of course, and let the matching begin.

What we like about the concept is that a candidate who is not actively looking, but may be receptive, can ask the recruiter or hiring manager enough questions about the job and the company culture to know if it is something worth pursuing. That works the other way around, too.

In practice, we wonder how many recruiters will take the time to provide anything but stock answers. It’s seems unlikely that a hiring manager would engage in a Q and A with prospects whose identities (and complete CV) they don’t know. Even today, when every run-of-the mill ATS system has the ability to acknowledge receipt of an application, candidates complain of the recruitment black hole. So expecting a recruiter to respond thoughtfully with a personal note to anonymous candidates has as much chance of happening as a politician making good on their promises.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of 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.


2 Comments on “Scope Out Each Other Via Scopings, Anonymously

  1. Also, a 5% fee for hires through the network is a bit much. I can’t see this being used for general recruiting…perhaps for positions already released to TPR and with large recruiting budgets. A 60K and 80K hire would be $3,000 and $4,000 dollars respectively…this is beyond simple publishing a job and networking. When companies don’t want to place too many ads online at $300-$400 a pop…I can’t see them saying ‘sure, we’ll pay 3-4 thousand’

  2. Thanks for your comment Eric – please note that the 5% commission that you are referring to is only paid after an employer hires someone that we have found (very much like a recruiting firm), and so far the message we get from our clients is that for real value they are more than happy to pay the 5% commission and even more…Please realize that we charge absolutely nothing for using Scopings, and if a company hires someone on its own the commission is only 1% (again only after a successful hire).

    As recruiting firms might have different capabilities & needs, they would have a different pricing model, although that hasn’t been finalized as of yet.

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you might have, and we would love to hear any other feedback you might have – to contact us directly, please email us to team[AT]scopings[DOT]com

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