Yesterday, a new site was brought to my attention: NotchUp. Apparently, it has piqued the interest of several people – both pretty good as in the eyes of Matt Martone of Yahoo! and Eric Schonfeld of TechCrunch and not so good from the perspective of the Big Cheez as well as Susan Burns of Talent Synchronicity.
Here are my personal thoughts at this time (subject to change of course!):
I think this could be both good and bad. I received an invite directly from NotchUp to register subsequently followed by invites from about 5 of my colleagues. I haven’t signed up yet because 1) the prospect of registering for yet another network doesn’t thrill me right now, 2) I’m not sure how I feel about the concept in the first place, and 3) apparently the site is down at the moment 🙂
First of all, the concept of paying people to interview for companies seems a little weird. You’re of course going to get those people who have no intentions of changing jobs but want to make some extra money anyhow and that’s going to waste precious time for the folks interviewing that person.
Secondly, I don’t know what kinds of companies would actually pay candidates to interview with them. It seems a bit contradictory to the whole purpose of the interview process – we want you here b/c you WANT to be here, not b/c we paid you to sit with our hiring managers for an hour (who would probably resent it if they knew what was going on!).
On the good side (and folks who work at search firms probably won’t see this as good), it might help to cut down on the cost of corporate use of search firms by reaching the candidates directly like that. I know that the purpose of my existence at Waggener is to help cut back on that cost.
For those who are excited about the concept, more power to you! I think this is simply a case of reviewing the facts presented and coming to your own conclusions, not of ‘getting it’ or ‘not getting it’. Two people can be informed with the same data and come to different conclusions about something. At this point in time, I think I’m going to sit this one out until further development. I’d like to see what companies (besides the ones listed) are going to use it as a ‘passive candidate source’. I see this becoming like QuietAgent is/was – a good idea on paper, but probably not going to get very far.
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Check this list out – 90+ IM tools, ranging from the most popular to international to multi-network to web-based. I’ll bet there’s some way of doing some sourcing with many of those web-based platforms, and I know there are ways to track down contact info using Skype! 🙂 If you need to select an instant messenger, look no further!