Region One ESC is part of a statewide system of regional education service centers created to assist school districts across the state of Texas.
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The Region One Education Service Center is part of a statewide system of regional education service centers created to assist school districts across the state of Texas. The role of the education service center has expanded to work alongside school districts to carry out the three main objectives: to assist school districts in improving student performance in each region of the system; enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically; and implement initiatives assigned by the legislature or commissioner.
Region One was looking for a tool to streamline their interview process and better coordinate with the schools they serve.
The challenges faced with on-site traditional interviews was the scheduling; this took entire days from my schedule to conduct these. In addition, I had to requests assistance from professional staff members to assist in the committees. This was challenging at times as they have their own duties.
We were looking for a more efficient way to conduct interviews that would meet our needs, scheduling and otherwise, and allow for flexibility in the scoring process.
We contacted three vendors and had demos with all; we found that Spark Hire had the necessary features that we were looking for at the right price point.
The representative that was assigned, Vince, was extremely helpful. He guided me step-by-step until I understood all of the various features of the system.
Prior to Spark Hire, we conducted interviews and the scoring of said interviews manually. This took many hours of planning, scheduling, conducting, scoring, and contacting the participants.
The interview process involves our program assistant (secretary) who schedules and manages the videos. The two specialists are able to view and score the interviews. Once they saw the results, it was easy to get buy-in.
Much better efficiencies of our time which has allowed us to delve into other areas of need for our partner districts.
The aha moment was when I realized that I was not alone! I am able to contact our representative or speak with a member of the Spark Hire team for assistance any time I need it. Plus, great features!
The video interviewing allows for the candidates to interview when they are able to. In addition, committee members are able to score using a flexible schedule and not bound by the 8-5 schedule.
The greatest aspect of video interviewing is in the ability to score interviews “on your time.” This can be done in the evenings, weekends, etc. as time allows.
The great customer service, ease of using the platform, and the price.
Automation, efficiency, friendly