Charles County Public Schools serves 27,000 students in 37 schools. The Office of Human Resources works to support the educational objectives of the district by strategically recruiting, hiring, and retaining a highly effective and diverse workforce. Their hiring works to support the educational system by fostering diversity, professionalism, teamwork and respect to provide excellent customer service. These values are driven by values of excellence, diversity, understanding, confidentiality, accountability, teamwork, and integrity.
The COVID-19 Pandemic sparked Charles County Public Schools' interest in video interviewing. Through lockdown, the team needed an alternative to in-person interviews. Hiring managers wanted a method of vetting candidates beyond the usual screening notes from the Human Resources team.
Charles County Public Schools began to seek out options for interviewing candidates virtually during the pandemic. Spark Hire was recommended and after researching video interviewing platforms, and we were impressed with Spark Hire's capabilities, user-friendly platform, and customer service.
This is the first time that Charles County Public Schools has utilized a virtual platform for interviewing candidates.
We wanted a platform that was easy to manage and extremely user-friendly for our internal and external users. As a large district, we knew we would be utilizing sharing features to solicit opinions from hiring managers.
We picked Spark Hire for several reasons. Most notably was the ease of use of the platform, Spark Hire's customer service, and the platform being the best value for the price.
The transition to Spark Hire was seamless. The support we received from the onboarding team provided our team with the necessary skills to easily master the platform. As questions arose, we reached out for support and we were always provided with timely and helpful responses.
Spark Hire has tremendously increased our ability to screen candidates, reduce turnaround time for hiring, and provided administrators greater flexibility during the interview process.
Candidates were screened at job fairs by Human Resources, applications were reviewed in our applicant tracking system and in-person interviews were then scheduled.
Our team accepted the video interviewing platform immediately due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the team has embraced video interviewing as a process that we will continue to use moving forward. The benefits of streamlining recruitment and hiring new staff is really what sold it to our team.
During the demo we were impressed with the platform and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew we needed to incorporate it into our process immediately.
We believe that Spark Hire assists school districts in creating a more efficient screening and hiring process. In addition, video interviews provide hiring managers the flexibility to view numerous interviews from different locations and times.
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