A University of Central Oklahoma student is creating an online job site designed to help area employers save time and money in finding the best employees, and make it much easier for college students and other candidates to find employment.
Due to launch in November, speedyinterview.com is an automated interview service that businesses can use to screen and narrow applicants more quickly, founder Antwone Taulton said.
Candidates, he said, simply select an online job opening, upload their resumes and, using webcams that are standard to most laptops and computers today, record their answers to first-line interview questions submitted by employers. Then, hiring managers, and any collaborative team members can view and review interviews on their computers or smartphones at their convenience “whether it's at home or two in the morning,” he said.
Taulton, a 26-year-old UCO junior from Waco who's studying political science after earning a bachelor's in theology from a Minnesota school, said his main inspiration for the business startup was making it more convenient for college students to find jobs, whether part-time or full time, degreed or nondegreed.
“With this service, they don't have to worry about going out and searching for jobs, or leaving their dorm or apartment,” said Taulton, 26. “Of course, we'll have a disclaimer telling them, and all candidates from the general public, to be professional and treat interviews as if they were face-to-face,” he said.
Candidates, who will be able to use the service free, won't know what questions are coming, and cannot rehearse their answers, he said.
Costs for businesses will be based on their size, with discounts for companies that host personalized pages on the site or buy banner advertisements, Taulton said.
He said Kudu Design and Marketing of the United Kingdom is handling the web development, which will include the ability to securely capture and store videos online. No software installations will be required, he said.
Mackenzie Hall, a new UCO graduate and probation officer with the state Department of Corrections, said he's excited to help Taulton market speedyinterview.com.
“Baby boomers are leaving today's workforce,” Hall said. “It's time for the '80s and '90s generation, and what we do best is technology.”
“This will give employers a chance to view the person before they come into their office,” he said, “and get a feeling of who they are, how they speak, their body language and how they dress.”
The service also will allow businesses to expand their application processes to out-of-state and international candidates, he said.
For more information email info@speedy