Case Study: ORAU

How ORAU Uses Spark Hire to Cut Hiring Time in Half for Time-Sensitive Requisitions

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment and strengthen national security. ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest.

Goals for Video Interviewing

ORAU sought out a solution to help with their time-sensitive recruiting projects which require scheduling flexibility. They needed to find a tool that allowed them to interview candidates at a fast pace while continuing to keep the job seeker’s busy schedule under consideration.

Q&A with Project Manager, Michelle Goodson


What are some of the results you’ve seen with Spark Hire?


Our typical recruiting projects are time-sensitive and require us to fill a position in under 30 days. With the busy schedule of our potential candidates and recruiters, we needed a solution that enabled our interviews to take place anytime and anywhere without sacrificing the valuable detail you receive during the interviewing process.

Using Spark Hire, we’re able to fill our requisitions in half the time.


How does video interviewing fit into your hiring process?


After we receive an electronic application and we have vetted our top candidates via an initial 15 minute phone interview, we send our top candidates the Spark Hire interview to complete within 24 hours.

Using Spark Hire, we are able to see how candidates handle meeting deadlines, using technology and, of course, interviewing skills.


How did you get your team members to buy into video interviewing?


We wanted something that was as flexible as we are when scheduling interviews.

Our recruiters were immediately able to see how Spark Hire would be a value add to our recruiting.The team was able to imagine the time savings and flexibility during the demonstration. It seemed so easy to use and would definitely make our process much faster.

For those reasons, it was easy to gain buy-in.


What is the biggest impact that video interviewing has on your hiring process?


First and foremost, working under strict time constraints, the speed to hire is the biggest impact that video interviewing has had on our hiring process.

We also needed a solution that would work well with any technology skill level that a potential candidate may have today. With Spark Hire, the technology guru as well as the technology novice can easily complete his interview in a short amount of time.

Lastly, the Spark Hire customer service team gives us peace of mind by supporting the job candidate through the entire process if they have any technical problems.


Why should other government agencies look into video interviewing?


Other government agencies should explore video interviewing to reach today’s multigenerational job seekers.

It also decreases your time to hire, which helps cut down on costs.


What are some things you love about Spark Hire?


Simply put, the tool is excellent.

Our favorite aspect of video interviewing is the flexibility it provides. You can create one-way video interviews and open interviews to fit your needs per requisition.

The customer service provided is fantastic. Our Customer Success Hero is in constant contact with our team to make sure we understand any new features as well as answer any questions we may have.


What are three words that describe your experience working with Spark Hire?


Innovative, dynamic, superb.

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