The Needle is a Web-based, pre-recorded video interview solution that allows hiring managers and recruiters to view, comment and rate candidate video responses on their own time through any browser or through dedicated mobile apps on iOS and Android devices.
Once recruiters send out invites to interview via email, candidates can record their responses directly from their Web browser or through an iOS device. Recruiters and hiring managers have the option to set deadlines to ensure that candidates record and submit their responses on time. Responses come in a H.264 format, which users can play back through The Needle’s built-in HTML5 video player.
For each job listing, a candidate list populates where recruiters and hiring managers can view an applicant’s CV, watch their pre-recorded response and leave comments. From there, users can collaborate and rate candidates to quickly shortlist those that are moving on to the next stage of the hiring process.
The Needle is available to businesses in the U.K., Isle of Man, Australia and South Africa.
Lucy from Derivco Ipswich
Specialty: Software / Technology
The software enables us to screen candidates without taking a large chunk of time to conduct telephone screenings. We can distribute the link so all relevant parties and gain their feedback quickly on candidates.
It allows us to understand a candidates technical ability whilst still getting a feel for their personality, which you would not get from a standard technical assessment.
Christine and her team and always at the end of the phone for advice and assistance.
Not very much at all! One minor issue is not being able to select which question to go to next on the video but I am sure Christine and her team are working on this as they are always looking for ways to improve the system.
Think carefully about the types of roles you are recruiting for and if this is suitable. I would say it is valuable for any level of role, but particularly technical positions.
Also, be quite specific with the questions and time allowed to respond to reduce waffle time!
Scott from Badenoch & Clark Executive
Specialty: Recruiting Agency
The Needle has created a new platform in terms of our service offering for Executive Search services. It creates an additional dimension to short-listing candidates and is particularly helpful when managing recruitment assignments where meeting people face-to-face in the first instance is geographically limiting and cost/time prohibitive.
Once you have discovered all of the easy to navigate functions of the Needle, there are many ways in which the technology can be applied which could add value to agency, search and in-house recruitment teams when conducting a variety of campaigns, including high volume, Executive Search, graduate recruitment and volunteer recruitment.
The vendor understands the recruitment industry challenges and is extremely helpful when supporting those who are less technically savvy!
The addition of the new android app alongside the well proven iOS app has now made the technology easier to use for a wider range of candidates and clients.
Although there are other players in this space, the personal touch, ease of use and the feedback we have received from our customers make the Needle our only choice. I am exploring how we can roll-out the the Needle across our Global business.