February 27 WebMingle Featured Jim Ray, VP with Online Reference Checking Specialists, SkillSurvey – Next up is Talent Acquisition Systems vendor, SmartSearch

February 28, 2009


As you may know, our weekly web mingle is designed to give you some insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, discuss news from around the world that we find interesting, talk about upcoming events in our industry, and provide insightful interviews with people of our industry – who they are, what they do and why you should care.


The 50-minute WebMingle on February 27, the 11th in our WebMingle series, featured Jim Ray, one of the co-founders with SkillSurvey, and touched on numerous issues related to reference checking including:


·         What was the idea behind starting SkillSurvey

·         Whether  SkillSurvey was similar to doing a background check

·         How the SkillSurvey service overcomes the obstacles associated with phone based reference checks

·         Market condition impacts

·         …and more


About Jim Ray and SkillSurvey

Jim Ray is a vice president at SkillSurvey, Inc, the recognized leader in online reference checks.  SkillSurvey’s PreHire 360 was named a Top 10 HR Product of the Year by HR Executive based on the long overdue improvements provided for reference checks. Jim is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of leveraging third-party performance feedback to enhance the accuracy of hiring decisions.


If you missed this past week’s WebMingle, or any of our past WebMingles, please visit our web site at www.HRWebMingle.com. You will see a complete list of upcoming guests and will be able to listen to past shows such as:


February 20 – Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton, Co-Founders of Workforce Planning vendor, Aruspex


February 13 – Lewis Hollweg, President & CEO of Batrus Hollweg International (BHI). 


February 6 – Todd Premo, Director of Solutions, and Chris Lennon, Senior Product Manager, from GeoLearning


January 30 – Jim Fowler, CEO and Co-Founder of Jigsaw, online business directory experts


January 23 – Peter Louch, Founder & CEO of Vemo, a Workforce Planning Vendor


January 16 – Charles Coy from Cornerstone OnDemand, a leading Talent Management Systems vendor


January 9 – Bill Gilmyers, Senior Consultant, Jeff Higgins, Executive VP of Client Services, and Mick Collins from workforce planning vendor, Infohrm


December 19 – Rick Fletcher, President of HRchitect joined Matt Lafata to talk about some of the significant events that took place in our industry in 2008 along with some observations and predictions for the future.


December 12 – Adam Feigenbaum, Director of Sales, and Susan Vitale, Director of Marketing from Talent Acquisition Systems and Talent Management Systems vendor, iCIMS


December 5 – Mark Willaman, President & Founder of Fisher Vista, LLC, the owners of several companies including HRmarketer


Our next WebMingle will take place on February 27 with Jim Ray, Vice President with Reference Checking specialists SkillSurvey Vendor.  We look forward to welcoming Jim to the WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.


We hope to have you join us!


Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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