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OnBoard Pro’s Aggressive Recruitment Drive Shows Need for Virtual Screening

Clare Hopping

OnBoard Pro’s Aggressive Recruitment Drive Shows Need for Virtual Screening

 Bart Everson/flickrOnBoard Pro Ltd is a new tenancy technology company that seeks to make the rental property market easier to navigate. They started out small--maybe too small--and are looking to quickly expand. How should they go about doing this?

OnBoard Pro is designed to streamline the property rental experience for tenants, landlords, and agents by sharing important information about the potential renter (such as photographic records of property, utilities’ meter readings, and relevant contracts) and therefore simplify the process of finding suitable tenants.

Traditionally, renting has been a stressful and tedious process for all parties involved. OnBoard Pro seeks to dramatically alter the entire rental market landscape by providing easier alternatives to previous practices. Rooted in Newcastle with £1 million of backing from early investors, according to The Journal, OnBoard Pro has a lot of potential to bring money and jobs to the North East.

New Company, New Ideas, New Employees


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OnBoard Pro’s continuing growth is great news for renters everywhere, but it’s especially good for those looking to start a career with a burgeoning new company. In order to ensure continued success, however, OnBoard Pro’s will eventually have to determine where to find qualified people to fill roles that didn’t exist a couple of years ago.

Chief Executive Stephen Purvis is enthusiastic about the opportunities that OnBoard Pro will be able to offer residents of the North East, but in order to achieve its goals, the firm must first find a way to connect with the local community.

Building a new company from the ground up can be extremely daunting, and the men and women that initially make up the business can make or break its success. When faced with such a huge undertaking, how should OnBoard Pro approach the recruitment process?


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The Efficacy of Virtual Screening

With technology becoming more and more a part of daily life, it’s no wonder HR departments everywhere are investing heavily in new products to facilitate recruitment. Virtual screening is rapidly becoming a best hiring practice, as it is praised for its efficiency and ability to reach more potential candidates than ever before.

Although it is admirable that OnBoard Pro seeks to attract candidates from the local community, they should remain open-minded to candidates that reach out to them from beyond the North East. With the help of technology, virtual screening may make it easier to find the best fit for each of their open positions.

The concept of virtual screening in recruitment is simple: an easily accessible application with automated initial screening helps generate a large pool of applicants and narrows it down to a smaller group of promising future employees. Although nothing can truly replace meeting someone face-to-face, using technological means to take the first step can prove to be wise in the long run.

Preselecting candidates is perhaps the hardest part of the recruitment process. Sifting through hundreds of CVs to find the perfect candidate isn’t just exhausting--it simply doesn’t work. Launchpad Recruits’ video-interviewing software is a great tool to narrow down the field without turning away great candidates and provides a means to look beyond the resume to find the candidates that will prove to be the best fits.

(Main image credit: Bart Everson/flickr)

Clare Hopping

Clare Hopping has been involved in the recruitment of both full-time employees and freelance staff for ten years. She specialises in recruiting staff via social media and digital platforms.