Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:40:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Corn Output Up in the U.S. http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:40:26 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21904 The thousands of field inspections that took place last week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn output in the U.S. will be 0.4 percent over the government’s... Read More

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Madipally_cornThe thousands of field inspections that took place last week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn output in the U.S. will be 0.4 percent over the government’s estimate. Many months of rain and mild weather created ideal growing conditions for the world’s top producer. According to Bloomberg.com, “Cheaper grain is bolstering profit for buyers including Tyson Foods Inc. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), encouraging some cattle producers in the Great Plains to expand herds, and eroding income for farmers who say increased output will make up for some of the slump.”

Agricultural adviser Wessel Oosthuizen has 15 years of experience farming maze, beans, and potatoes. He says, “I think the demand will be stimulated by the lower price of Corn and Beans. But farmers will start to think seriously about the profitability of planting corn and beans. So I think they will start to plant less, especially on the more marginal fields. When the demand gets stronger and new season plantings are smaller, the price will recover. But for this season there will be a bear market.”

Pravinchandra Chaturlal Patel, Ph.D., is a soil science research scientist with over 38 years of experience in natural resources management. He specializes in increased crops production, quality and profit through nutrient and irrigation water managament. Dr. Chatur says, “The U.S. corn crop records during 2014 stem mainly from favorable climatic conditions. Corn crops require cool temperatures during the pollination period, for perfect grain filling. Luckily, in the Midwest of the U.S., the rains were received at the perfect time during the season. Moreover, the temperature remains cool, so it is the best weather for pollination and the production of big ears.

“In my native place (Gujarat, India), the farmers are also growing hybrid corn in the winter season, and they are obtaining higher corn yield as compared to rainy or summer seasons. The high yield is due to low temperature in the winter season which favors pollination. It has been scientifically proven that pollination requires cooler temperature.

“The biggest drivers for bumper crop yield are hybrid corn seeds, weather conditions and crop nutrition. The farmers are following best agriculture crop practices, and they have mechanized farming so that they carry out the timely operations of land preparation, sowing, fertilization, inter-culturing, weeding, irrigation, plant protection measure and harvesting, etc. This prevents the loss of any yield due to delaying the farm operation. The farmers also apply plant nutrients in the soil on a test basis, so balanced plant nutrition is created better plant growth—and it produces a higher crop yield. Hybrid corns yield potential, standability, maturity and other agronomic characteristics that affect profitable crop production. Hybrids have a deep root system which extracts more nutrients from the deeper soil layer to produce higher dry matter production and, therefore, higher grain yield.

“The farmers are following conventional tillage, reduced tillage and conservation tillage to store residue coverage on the soil. It is well documented that there is a benefit effect of conservation tillage in agriculture. They are following best management practices to reduce soil erosion, otherwise nutrients are lost in wind or water erosion. In addition, the farmers are including legume crop (soybean, lucerne) in the cropping system to sustain soil fertility. The legumes add nitrogen to the soil which helps improve soil fertility. The farmers are also following timely best management practice to control insect-pest e.g. integrated pest management, and they are adopting a proper drainage system to leach down excess salt from the field. Finally, corn crop should be sown in the winter season temperature (15-25 •C) to take the best advantageous of weather conditions for successful pollination for high yield potentiality.”

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Inquiry Roundup – Poultry Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:04:57 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21892 Poultry Feed Formulation I’m co-owner and co-founder of a US based ***** selling a patented and FDA compliant nutritional supplement in the US, Canada, Australia, North Korea and Chez Republic.... Read More

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chickens-_621260aPoultry Feed Formulation

I’m co-owner and co-founder of a US based ***** selling a patented and FDA compliant nutritional supplement in the US, Canada, Australia, North Korea and Chez Republic. Since 2011, tens of millions of tablets have been sold in these countries for human consumption and the public response is amazing. In 2012, studies began on the use of our product in the Poultry Industry and the results are the same. The benefits observed repeatedly in the studies Increased weight, protein and decreased fat and feed consumption. View Inquiry

 Poultry Regulation

Looking for a poultry regulation expert to answer what several factors for fecal contamination in poultry slaughter operations.
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I am looking for advice on how to open my poultry farm but I do not have any knowledge on how to start and what are the equipments needed. View Inquiry

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The Future for EV Vehicles in China http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:15:09 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21885 Bloomberg reports that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities with the hope of spurring demand... Read More

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Mitsubishi_Electric_CarBloomberg reports that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities with the hope of spurring demand for clean cars, according to two sources who asked not to be named. Carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the reliability and cost of electric cars would benefit greatly from increased state funding. In addition, it would build on tax breaks to fight pollution and cultivate the EV industry in China, which is the world’s biggest carbon emitter.

This is the first of two blog posts that will share thoughts about the news from Zintro experts. First up is Rhino Guerrero, an electrical engineer from the Philippines:

Electric cars are already on the roads of China. In fact, China has been manufacturing e-cars already. Just surf the internet for China-made e-cars and you will find nice-looking e-cars of various forms and sizes.

However, the Chinese public is not so keen on e-cars for obvious reasons. One, it takes a much longer time to charge an e-car’s battery than to refill a gasoline tank. Typically, Chinese-made e-cars charge up in a little less than six hours. Two, there is not much charging stations in the country. Three, when these e-cars start to breakdown, where can the e-car owners turn to for repair and how much would it cost?

The Chinese government’s plan to fund for the construction of e-vehicle charging facilities is a wise move. However, it would be much better if these charging facilities were made into BATTERY EXCHANGE facilities, where e-car owners can just drive in to have their batteries replaced with fully-charged ones. This, of course, requires that e-cars be designed such that the batteries can be easily pulled out and plugged in, which should not be a difficult thing to do.

Lastly, it is important that there would be enough technicians to fix these high-tech cars. Conventional automotive mechanics are no longer fit to handle this job. What is needed are electro-mechanics, who can handle the electronics and mechanical systems of the car.

I remember a few years back, everybody in our place was so excited in converting their gasoline-powered cars to LPG. It didn’t take long before excitement was replaced with dismay and regret when their LPG-powered cars started to breakdown, which they blamed on LPG. They are absolutely right in putting the blame on LPG, because the wrong conversion kits (obsolete) were installed by the wrong (untrained) people. Furthermore, there were no experts technicians to handle the repair and maintenance of the LPG converted cars at that time. Now they are converting their cars back to gasoline and swear never to think about LPG again.

Yes, electric vehicles are the way to go, not just for China but for everyone else. However, this has to be a calculated move so as not to jeopardize the economy and the people in the internal combustion engine industry and petroleum industry.

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How To Hire An Expert: Tips & Tools for Hiring Great Freelance Consultants http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/hire-expert-infographic/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/hire-expert-infographic/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:30:01 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21850 In helping thousands of companies hire consultants for a wide array of projects, we’ve found that businesses often have trouble identifying the exact right expert for their specific job (particularly... Read More

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In helping thousands of companies hire consultants for a wide array of projects, we’ve found that businesses often have trouble identifying the exact right expert for their specific job (particularly when they have multiple projects they’re managing at scale). Hiring the wrong consultant for your project can cost you significant time, money, and energy.

Zintro users can obviously leverage our platform, tools, and network of professionals by posting their inquiry to help find and hire someone with deep and specific expertise, but we also wanted to create a visualization to help with some specifics around how to determine if someone is really an expert (and more importantly: really the right expert for their project), tools to help hiring managers screen potential consultants, and more so that companies like yours can identify and hire a great consultant (and avoid making a costly mistake).

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AAP Wants Later School Start Time for Teens http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/27/aap-wants-later-school-start-time-teens/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/27/aap-wants-later-school-start-time-teens/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:54:38 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21878 Concerned about the lack of sleep among teenagers in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for secondary schools to begin later, not starting until at least... Read More

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sleepConcerned about the lack of sleep among teenagers in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for secondary schools to begin later, not starting until at least 8:30 a.m. Teens’ natural sleep patterns make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. Later start times in schools would align better with these patterns, according to the AAP, the nation’s largest organization of doctors who care for children.

In addition to falling asleep in class and needing caffeinated beverages to stay awake throughout the day, lack of sleep in teens leads to poor academic performance, increased likelihood of car accidents, and mental health issues such as depression, according to a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics. The National Sleep Foundation found that by 6th grade, most students in the U.S. are already suffering from sleep deficits, with only 41 percent receiving the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours a night. By high school, the number drops to 13 percent.

Zintro expert Ian Hale, PhD. is a professional teacher, research academic and counselor from the UK with decades of experience working with children who have learning disabilities. Dr. Hale is also a former member of the UK Government Advisory on Autism Strategy. He shares his thoughts about the importance of sleep. “Lois E. Krahn, M.D. of the world famous Mayo Clinic wrote, ‘For good health, make sleep a priority.’ She is right got Austists, NTs, the young and the old,” says Dr. Hale. “Lack of sleep contributes to lowered immunity, impaired performance at work or school, relationship breakdowns, and brain cell death—which can lead to full-blown Autism, psychosis, premature aging and not least Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia –as described in The New Scientist journal, September 24th, 2009.

“It is notable that 100 years ago the average adult in the Western world slept nine hours per night, and now that figure is down to 6 1/2 hours. At the same time we have seen the escalation of Dementia and violence in our societies among increasingly younger age groups. Any link is unproven, but it is a question which needs addressing. This is particularly important with regards to children who need at least 12 hours sleep per 24 hours in order to grow healthy bodies and optimal brains.”

Cynthia Tjelle has been a maternal/child nurse and educator, and she agrees. “Teenagers would benefit enormously from extra sleep and would likely perform better in school. The issue that confounds this surrounds how it affects teachers and their days, sports and practice times, bus schedules, etc. Trying this in several communities would be ideal. I say this as an RN and parent.”

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Hackers Target Sony Entertainment http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/25/hackers-target-sony-entertainment/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/25/hackers-target-sony-entertainment/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:54:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21864 Service for the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment was interrupted yesterday, according to a Twitter post from the official Sony PlayStation Twitter account. Hackers overwhelmed the system with such a... Read More

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PLAYSTationService for the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment was interrupted yesterday, according to a Twitter post from the official Sony PlayStation Twitter account. Hackers overwhelmed the system with such a large amount of computer-generated traffic that it was rendered unavailable for users. Sony reported that no personal information was stolen as part of the breach. In 2011, Sony upgraded network security after hackers comprised the personal data of 77 million user accounts.

Last week, Zintro experts gave their opinions about a recent New York Times report that found one billion username and passwords were stolen by a Russian cyber-crime gang. Taiye Lambo, founder and CTO of CloudAssurance.com also responded to our question about the issue of hacking online.

“I believe the 1 billion number may be slightly exaggerated. However it does not diminish the well-known fact that Cybersecurity threats have been on the rise in the past couple of years—and will probably get worse with the growing adoption of BYOD, Big Data and cloud computing—by enterprise customers and consumers alike.”

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Inquiry Roundup – Apparel Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/22/inquiry-roundup-apparel-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/22/inquiry-roundup-apparel-industry/#respond Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:03:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21856 Sports Apparel Manufacturing We are attempting to launch a new outdoors fishing/boat/ocean wear line of shirts with our own proprietary logo. Logo is already copyrighted. We are looking for some... Read More

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We are attempting to launch a new outdoors fishing/boat/ocean wear line of shirts with our own proprietary logo. Logo is already copyrighted. We are looking for some assistance in finding apparel manufacturers/distributors who can work with us
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Retail Purchasing

In need of someone familiar with lingerie and intimate apparel, sleepwear, swimwear, hosiery, high heeled shoes, and adult novelties
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Apparel Merchandise Planning Industry

We are doing a research work on the Apparel Merchandise Planning Industry and are looking to speak to experts who are knowledgeable about :
- Store clustering principles
- Store wise assortment planning
- OTB computation post assortment planning

Some of the leading companies in this segment are (GAP, H&M, Nike).
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Plus Size Apparel

Hello, I am a business entrepreneur living in Quito, Ecuador.

I believe there’s a great opportunity to develop a plus size women’s wear range here. I have done my research, there™s no much offer/ competition and the market size is growing.

I don™t have a problem with the business side, but I don™t know anything about the design/ production side. I wanted to hire a local designer, but there™s no one with experience in that category.

I would like to know more about you and your prices for a complete range development of 12-20 styles, to start with.
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Renewables Infrastructure Group Buys Three U.K. Solar Farms http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/21/renewables-infrastructure-group-buys-three-u-k-solar-farms/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/21/renewables-infrastructure-group-buys-three-u-k-solar-farms/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:59:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21842 The Renewables Infrastructure Group has agreed to buy three U.K. solar farms from a venture between British Solar Renewables Ltd. and Banco Santander SA. The photovoltaic farms total 56.6 megawatts... Read More

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Windorah_Solar_FarmThe Renewables Infrastructure Group has agreed to buy three U.K. solar farms from a venture between British Solar Renewables Ltd. and Banco Santander SA. The photovoltaic farms total 56.6 megawatts of generation capacity and are valued at 73.7 million pounds ($124 million), although the final amount depends on plant performance.

All three sites were built by Spain’s Grupo Isolux Corsan SA, with panels from ReneSola Ltd. The sites include a 24.2MW plant at Parley Court Farm, Dorset, a 21.2MW plant at Egmere Airfield, Norfolk and an 11.1MW project at Penare Farm, Cornwall. According to TRIG, the purchase was funded by a combination of cash and a revolving acquisition facility.

John Kirk shares his thoughts as someone who has spent decades working in high voltage construction and maintenance. “I have a considerable amount of expertise in the high voltage area. Each of the forms of power generation have pros and cons. Wind turbine is best bang for buck, except that there is a grow push back from public due to low frequency noise. All studies not in yet, but there is some concern (the debate continues), as well as air path interference (again the debate continues).

Tidal generation (using incoming and out-going ocean tides to generate power—lots of discussions with many groups on this one) might be a while coming and include high costs. Solar has many pros, as long as you can get a good deal on some un-useable land, as it takes approximately 100 Hectares of land to produce one megawatt of power.

“You also need a good maintenance program in place, and solar array has to be articulating to capture ideal solar potential to help keep panels clean, even with high gloss self-cleaning panels. As with any large scale project, you need accurate initial bids. The lowest bid with an unseasoned bidder can be a disaster. Even experienced companies that can’t get the right people (and keep them) will have a difficult time. The best way to look at these projects is using a similar existing project as a bench mark.

“Many factors come into play, but keep this in mind: “If it sounds too good to be true…it most likely is.” Hence, you need a top notch team, but in reality, they don’t come cheap. I have the highest respect for all engineers, to be used in the design phase of any project, but it makes no sense to have a group of people that have never even built a garden shed, be in charge of any kind of construction project. You need seasoned pros to look after the build and engineers to support them. Of course, this is just my opinion—but with 35 years of experience behind it.”

Technology and business consultant Bruce Robins says, “It is a bit hard to comment without knowing if the 56.6MW is the nominal or feed in capacity, and the Feed-in Tariff which applies and the age of the systems. At US$2.19/Wp it appears a bit overvalued given that there is a gradual decline in output over the life of the system—which no amount of O&M can fix—and that PV modules today are less than US$0.60/Wp CIF, and modules represent around 45% of installed cost in the part of the world where I operate. But good luck to TRIG. We should be encouraging more of this type of acquisitions particularly by superannuation funds because most projects are extremely low risk.”

Michael Orshan is an executive director in energy solar management. He says, “Around the globe there is a very active business of buying PPAs once a plant is operational. It is a process similar to hedge funds. Some group raises money. Another group is created to find PPAs to buy. Remember the group that built the farm has just invested a lot of cash to build the farm and now has this experience. With incentives still in place they are well positioned to do this again. Especially at these relatively low power outputs of less than 10MW, there were few economies of scales so the implementers probably paid a higher price, cashing out, paying financiers, and going to the next project is probably the best thing. As for this particular transaction I can only assume this was the process and the numbers made sense. In the end the bank will be happy as will the implementers.”

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Success Story: William Walker http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/20/success-story-william-walker/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/20/success-story-william-walker/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:23:58 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21832 William Walker is an acknowledged expert in International Standards (ISO). He has been a Register Lead Auditor over 16 years and has approved for Registration over 400 companies in 20... Read More

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Zintro_William WalkerWilliam Walker is an acknowledged expert in International Standards (ISO). He has been a Register Lead Auditor over 16 years and has approved for Registration over 400 companies in 20 different Standard Industry Codes.

William is a competitive and proven professional with strengths in manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, testing, product auditing and supplier quality. He is a senior member of the American Society of Quality and a registered lead auditor of the International Register of Certified Auditors. In addition, William has a Master of Science in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Canterbury in the UK.

William shares his experience working as a consultant on the Zintro platform:

Through my relationship with Zintro, I worked with an international client in India. The project was to identify Supplier Quality Management Systems in Pharma, Medical Devices, Consumer Products and Electronics, as well as how these industries allocate resources for SQM.

Also through Zintro, I have worked with a U.S.-based financial auditing group to identify statistical processes for evaluation of the data, to improve the customers’ probability of success in evaluation of the financial data.

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Hacking on the Rise: How Worried Should We Be? http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/19/rise-hacking-worried/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/19/rise-hacking-worried/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:53 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21750 The New York Times reported that one billion usernames and passwords were stolen by the Russian cyber-crime gang. According to Jordan Robertson on Bloomberg.com, the numbers probably won’t translate “into... Read More

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VirusThe New York Times reported that one billion usernames and passwords were stolen by the Russian cyber-crime gang. According to Jordan Robertson on Bloomberg.com, the numbers probably won’t translate “into anything big” for two reasons.

First, the hackers are targeting people through spam w-mail and social media messages, which are highly inefficient. With spam filters, most people will not even see the messages let alone open them. Secondly, the small group which will see the messages can protect themselves by not opening the emails, using multiple passwords, updating software with security patches or—if their systems are already infected—re-installing the operating system.

Robert G. Elia, Jr., Senior Technology Manager and Partner of System Implementation Services LLC says, “Unfortunately it is the failing of social media, credit card companies and any provider of online services that hackers have such an easy time hacking user accounts. Since there is no real penalty for the lack of secure environments other than bad publicity there are minimal security precautions taken by most online providers.

“The solution is to enact federal laws making the loss of data through hackers gaining access to account information a criminal offense against the company, its executives and board of directors similar to those included in the HIPPA regulation about protecting patient information and forcing the public to change their passwords frequently while insisting on strong password encryption.

“Give the introduction of fines associated with data breaches you might see more secure systems installed that would protect the public from hackers prying eyes. It is a start and a shared responsibility of the online user and the online providers but it takes time and money and causes inconvenience for the typical user. It’s time for public education and some corporate responsibility.”

Neira Jones, FBCS, MSc, is an international advisor and speaker on payments, risk, cybercrime, and digital innovation. She is also Chairman of the Global Advisory Board for the Centre for Strategic Cybercrime and Security Science Chairman of the Advisory Board for Ensygnia. Jones says, “It all comes down to basic hygiene. Hacks like these always consequences on individuals, from spam at best, through malware infection, all the way to ID Theft at worst. But it all comes down do a matter of basic hygiene and education.

Technology management consultant Bill Sequeira says, “Believing that the only impact of these actions is going to be SPAM is naive at best. First, the hacker group has exposed online businesses and their infrastructure weaknesses. It’ll take these businesses between 6-18 months to upgrade their security if they do at all, which makes them vulnerable to further attacks.

“Second, with the 1B credentials stolen comes a list of these businesses that could be sold to groups with ulterior motives. Third, with all the data available it is possible to assemble profiles and ids of a select number of people, potentially influential people.

“Even if only 1% of them hit this stage, it will create headaches for financial services et al. Changing credentials is a good measure, but many won’t heed the warning and stay vulnerable to the threat. Hoping that hackers stay on the benign path outlined would be wonderful, but honestly, feels more like a prayer.”

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Success Story: Chris Dane http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/18/success-story-chris-dane/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/18/success-story-chris-dane/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:36:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21743 Chris Dane, President of HRG/Executive Travel Associates, has been in the travel industry for over 35 years. HRG/ETA’s parent company is the third largest travel management company in the world.... Read More

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Zintro_Chris DaneChris Dane, President of HRG/Executive Travel Associates, has been in the travel industry for over 35 years. HRG/ETA’s parent company is the third largest travel management company in the world.

Before joining HRG, Chris created his own consulting company. He has consulted for a variety of traditional and new economy travel-related entities, including interim COO for two dot-com travel-related startups. He has also held key executive positions in the airline, travel agency, tour operator and consortia sectors of the travel industry.

Chris graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in Business Administration. He earned his Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) from the Travel Institute in 1995, where he was also a member of the Board of Trustees. Chris was the first person to earn the Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) designation.

Chris shares his experience working with clients on the Zintro platform:

I have done several consultations about the travel industry with a consulting firm based in India. In each and every case they know the subject matter very well before we speak and as a result ask really good, thought provoking questions of me on behalf of their clients.

Once the consultation is complete the payment process is easy, and efficient. The entire experience is excellent and when I see a request from this company from Zintro, I know I want to respond. In all of my consultations with Zintro, I have found the whole process easy and efficient. Moreover I had one situation where Zintro got involved concerning a minor disagreement in the time spent on a project (the true test of a company) and it was resolved quickly and equitably.

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truck-309398_640Zintro expert Aaron Kapp is the founding partner, CFO, and COO of a number of successful startups. He is currently the partner and the EVP of Business Development for Integrated Shipping Solutions, Inc. His transportation consulting firm has provided cost-saving analytics and optimization services for companies from all industries, and of sizes ranging from multi-million to multi-billion dollar organizations. He shares his experience on the Zintro platform:

I recently responded to a phone consultation project. A Zintro client was in need of expert advice on the current state of the LTL industry in the USA, and a critical comparison between Unionized vs. Non-unionized Carriers in the LTL Marketplace. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and having an opportunity to provide the client with objective information culminating from over 20 years of experience within this industry.

Utilizing Zintro as the conduit completely simplified and streamlined the entire contracting process. I have since directed other perspective clients to the Zintro website in order to contract my services. I have also recommended Zintro to many other associates with expertise in a wide variety of applications and industries.

I am thankful to Zintro for providing such a superb service. Best commute ever- my hand transporting my cell phone from my pants pocket to my ear, and my paycheck posted to my account within 24 hours. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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Rosetta Completes 10-Year Trip into Deep Space http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/14/rosetta-completes-10-year-trip-deep-space/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/14/rosetta-completes-10-year-trip-deep-space/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:48:51 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21724 The European spacecraft Rosetta reached its final destination on a 10-year trip into deep space. According to the European Space Agency, they launched the probe in 2004 to orbit the... Read More

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256px-RosettaThe European spacecraft Rosetta reached its final destination on a 10-year trip into deep space. According to the European Space Agency, they launched the probe in 2004 to orbit the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and collect information about the mass of dirty ice, dust and gas. They will send a smaller landing craft down onto the comet in November to take additional measurements.

Scientists are studying comets to learn about the early evolution of the solar system when the planets were forming 4.6 billion years ago. They are also searching for organic molecules that comets may have brought to Earth in its early years that represent building blocks for life.

Zintro expert Juan C. Hernandez Diaz has over 30 years of experience in High Reliability Space applications. He says, “Indeed Rosetta will give a lot of information to the Science Community; furthermore, it will consolidate the Technical and Engineering approach for the development of this type of satellites, in particular to what relates to electronics to be used in Space Applications. In the case of Rosetta, after 10 years in semi-dormant mode, and now being requested to operate at its full performance after being subject to all type of radiation in space, it is a clear example where reliability is the driver. ‘Electronics for Space Applications’ is an area where ESA and the European Space Community need to spend more efforts in order to become autonomous, independent and increase reliability.”

Meir Moalem is a space systems expert and the CEO of MultiModis – Strategic Technology Consulting. He explains, “Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft reached its final destination. Rosetta demonstrates an amazing technological achievement: to navigate successfully to a comet more than 400 million kilometers from Earth (almost 3 times the distance to the Sun), orbiting the Sun 5 times and completing a more than 6 billion kilometers journey – is a fine example of excellent astro-mechanics calculations and execution, of reliable and robust design for long duration space missions. To do that in a mission of over ten years, without major failures is even more impressive. Not only it is a technological (and scientific) achievement, it also shows that a true vision is required for space exploration – the mission took ten years, but it was planned and approved a decade earlier (in 1993).

“On the scientific side, no doubt there are important measurements and analysis that will be done once Rosetta completes its rendezvous, landing a probe on Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, adding to the already important science collected on the route. We will know a lot more on the structure and compositions of similar comets which are not rare within the solar system and gain important science related to the solar system early days. But even more important in my opinion is the fact that Humanity is taking another step towards the stars. The Rosetta mission lessons can be used when planning additional missions to the asteroid belt – missions which are envisioned for commercial purposes such as rare metals mining and more.

“Rosetta, even though a decade in space, has yet to reach the pinnacle of its mission: the successful landing of a comet lander (probe) and the “field experiments”. We certainly have something to look forward to.”

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Apple Tries New Marketing Strategy in India http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/12/apple-tries-new-marketing-strategy-india/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/12/apple-tries-new-marketing-strategy-india/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:54:27 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21712 The high cost of new iPhones has made it difficult for Apple Inc. to succeed in emerging markets. For example, an iPhone 5s can cost as much as 53,500 rupies... Read More

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128px-Apple_Logo.svgThe high cost of new iPhones has made it difficult for Apple Inc. to succeed in emerging markets. For example, an iPhone 5s can cost as much as 53,500 rupies ($874) in India—a hefty price tag in a nation where most people live on less than $2 a day. The company is currently trying out a new strategy in the country that appears to be working: Selling older models, such as the iPhone 4 and 4s, at affordable prices.

Apple has managed to double sales while competing against the American company Samsung Electronics and domestic makes Micromax Informatics Ltd. and Karbonn Mobiles India. Experts predict that if the strategy continues to prove effective, Apple will expand it into other larger emerging markets.

Zintro expert Karen Kerski has worked with small and large companies to develop branding, packaging and marketing tools. Kerski shares her opinion about Apple’s strategy. “Apple is still being watched closely to see how it will maintain a successful business after Steve Jobs. Their marketing and pricing format is designed to retain brand image as a leader and trendsetter. Controlling their product sales is supporting that model. So it makes sense to manage sales of refurbished older phones.

“Apple has a secure following in major markets like the U.S., so devising a formula to build brand loyalty in emerging markets like India is a smart move. Competing with Android and Samsung requires innovative strategy since Apple is not competing on price. Apple has worked relentlessly to craft a brand image that is enviable. The choices they make in marketing, sales and product development all play a part in retaining that brand iconic status.

“I am an Apple loyalist because the products meet my business needs: power, performance, ease of use, and lower IT costs for my business. I hope they can continue as an innovative leader. That requires Apple keeps growing its market share.”

James Davis and his wife (also his company partner) have over 30 years of combined cellular and telecom experience. She was a Senior Level Marketing and Events Manager for one of the largest Korean cell phone and electronics manufacturers in the world and Sony Ericsson. He has an engineering and operations background– having worked for Nokia, Microsoft, Sony Mobile, Lenovo and others.

Davis says, “Emerging markets for Western countries have always proven to be exceptionally difficult to break in telecom—Nokia being the exception for many years as they developed phones for an emerging China and India. The strategy Apple is taking is difficult for them because it’s not part of their brand DNA. They are, at least these days, a marketing powerhouse for developed countries because they know how to serve up the right messaging.

“Marketing in India is far too complex when a brand like Apple is attempting to not degrade their brand. It’s very, very difficult for them, because if they took the same route other device makers have, with developing lower cost devices, by default it tarnishes the brand for Apple.

“The only way for Apple to truly gain any kind of market share will not be in direct sales. It will be through grey markets, which eventually get users into the Apple store anyway. This is not too dissimilar to luxury automakers that have attempted to put out lower end autos for the American market. Their prices were just out of reach for upwardly mobile types, so they created lower cost models. While still carrying the luxury brand, it backfired because everyone knew it was the cheap version of the luxury brand.”

Steven Ruterman is the principal of a consultancy providing independent expert advice to institutional investors on credit underwriting, operational risk and credit control issues. He explains, “Twenty years ago Apple wasn’t known for its marketing. It was known for consistent consumer product shortages due to self-inflicted supply-chain problems. While supply shortages resulted in high prices relative to competition, Apple’s market share flattened out and then declined, leaving the former market leader in the role of pricey niche player.

“Two decades later Apple seems to have solved its supply-chain problems, at least with respect to iPhone 4 and 4s, and Apple iOS sells for almost twice the average price of its competitors. With product supply unconstrained by unforced errors, its new marketing strategy has a chance of improving Apple’s market share prospects.”

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Best Tools for Screening and Hiring Freelance Consultants http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/12/best-tools-screening-hiring-freelance-consultants/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/12/best-tools-screening-hiring-freelance-consultants/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:27:43 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21566 When it comes to screening and hiring freelance consultants, you could be inundated with submissions and emails and reference contacts. By the very nature of the freelance business, your applicants... Read More

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When it comes to screening and hiring freelance consultants, you could be inundated with submissions and emails and reference contacts. By the very nature of the freelance business, your applicants and candidates will vary greatly in experience and background and credentials. Some candidates may seem great on paper but not so great in a face-to-face interview.

Stop the nightmare of paperwork and spreadsheets and filled-to-the-brim inboxes just to find candidates who are not a good fit for your business or organization. Instead, streamline the hiring process with tools made for screening and hiring candidates (who seem as through they were made for your organization) more efficiently and easily. In our quest to find the best tools for screening and hiring freelance consultants, we considered the tool’s ease of use and installation, price point, level of required technical support, intuitive design, usefulness of features and processes for matching candidates with companies. Our top picks are listed here in no particular order.

1. Skype
@Skype

Skype

Skype is probably one of the most well-known video-chatting tools around, but most people think of Skype as a way to have casual conversations with family members. Skype has a ton of business value, too, especially when it comes to hiring and screening candidates. With Skype, you can conduct video interviews (without paying a fee to use a video-conferencing tool), share files, and even even hold group conferences. After making a hiring decision, Skype is valuable for periodic meetings and check-ins.

Key Features: 

  • Low calling rates to more than 170 countries/regions
  • Video conferencing
  • File sharing
  • Standard phone calls to other Skype users, mobile or landlines
  • Free instant messaging
  • Group video conferencing
  • Sync a single account across all devices

Cost: 

  • FREE Skype-to-Skype calls and conferences
  • Pre-paid option using Skype credit for Skype-to-mobile or Skype-to-landline calling
  • Subscriptions:
    • Unlimited U.S. and Canada: $2.99/month
    • Unlimited North America: $7.99/month
    • Unlimited World: $13.99/month

2. Zintro
@Zintro

Zintro

Why scour dozens of job boards with lackluster candidates when you can have top-tier subject-matter experts right at your fingertips? Zintro specializes in matching top-tier talent to companies requiring high-level subject-matter expertise on everything from water treatment to high velocity trading. Post inquiries, browse experts, and connect with candidates through Zintro’s easy-to-use platform.

Key Features: 

  • Post inquiries describing project needs or questions
  • Browse hundreds of subject-matter experts
  • Contact experts through direct messages
  • Receive direct responses to your inquiries

Cost:

  • Zintro is free for both Clients and Experts
  • Premium plans offer full features:
    • Unlimited responses
    • Highlighted profile and inquiries
    • Contact any Expert directly
    • Expedited customer support
  • Connection fee: 15% of fees paid to Experts (minimum of $99.95 waived if Client or Expert is Premium)

3. Google+ Hangouts
@GooglePlus_Feed

Google+ Hangouts

A Skype-like tool with some additional capabilities, Google+ Hangouts are a valuable tool for screening freelance consultants. Not only is there a screen-sharing option, so candidates can show you previous work and results during an interview, but you can hold a private Hangout and record it on YouTube via YouTube Live. That means you can share recordings from several candidates with team members to gain insights on hiring from valued partners.

Key Features: 

  • Live video calls with up to 10 participants
  • Group conversations
  • Instant messaging
  • File and photo sharing
  • Screen-sharing
  • Record interviews for team collaboration

Cost: FREE

4. RecruiterBox
@recruiterbox

recruiterbox

RecruiterBox is a software application to streamline the process of screening and filtering candidates. RecruiterBox allows you to create a custom set of steps candidates follow throughout the application and screening process, so it’s easy to see precisely which steps each candidate has completed. If you’re collaborating with other hiring managers, RecruiterBox is an excellent place for sharing evaluations and feedback from interviews and other communications.

Key Features: 

  • Create jobs and broadcast to job search sites
  • Customized applicant questionnaires
  • Create step-by-step application processes
  • Track candidates as they move through the process
  • Assign responsibilities to team members
  • Central portal for all candidate information
  • Share evaluations and communicate with team members

Cost: 

  • FREE: 1 opening, up to 200 candidates
  • Startup: $50/month – Up to 3 openings, unlimited candidates
  • Small Company: $140/month – Up to 8 openings, unlimited candidates
  • Growing Company: $290/month – Up to 15 openings, unlimited candidates
  • Large  Company: $490/month – Up to 25 openings, unlimited candidates

5. HireVue
@hirevue

HireVue

Streamline and refine your freelance consultant recruiting process with HireVue, a comprehensive platform for sourcing, viewing, rating  and sharing digital interviews. With HireVue, you can quickly identify the top-performing candidates and interviewers for a more focused hiring approach. Through digital interviews and skills validation assessments, candidates don’t just tell you about their expertise, but demonstrate it, giving you key insights into their personalities and capabilities to drive hiring decisions.

Key Features: 

  • Digital interviews
  • Skills validation assessments
  • Source, view, rate and share digital interviews
  • Candidate and interviewer recommendation engine
  • Sources nearly 15,000 interaction, behavioral, and performance attributes
  • Database of more than 3 million interview responses
  • Compare potential freelance consultants with top-performers within your organization
  • Integrates with Outlook/Exchange, Gmail, and other calendars
  • Social media integration
  • Scheduling tools

Cost: Contact for a quote

6. FLOCK TeamSourcing  
@Smarterer

FLOCK TeamSourcing

FLOCK TeamSourcing assessments evaluate your team’s knowledge base and identify gaps in knowledge. By assessing both your existing team and freelance consultant candidates, you can pinpoint knowledge gaps within your existing team and identify candidates with the right skills and expertise to fill those gaps. Hiring becomes an informed process rather than a shot in the dark with FLOCK TeamSourcing.

Key Features: 

  • Choose assessment questions from a database of thousands
  • Have internal subject matter experts craft questions for validity
  • Identify high performers and training opportunities
  • Inform the hiring process and fill knowledge gaps
  • Rich scorecards identify areas of expertise and areas for improvement
  • Quantify any skill in as few as 10 questions and 120 seconds or less
  • Test-takers may rate and comment on each question

Cost: Contact for a quote

7. Greenhouse
@grnhsio

greenhouse

Greenhouse turns the interviewing and screening process from a state of disarray to a highly-sequenced, organized series of consistent events. With Greenhouse, you can create customized interview pipelines for each position, opportunity or area of expertise to ensure every candidate is screened using the same techniques and process, and clear interview agendas mean interviews stay on-track and focused. Greenhouse provides a central dashboard for tracking candidates from social media, referrals, in-person events, job boards, prospecting and external agencies all in one place.

Key Features: 

  • Integrated dashboard pulls in multiple candidate sources
  • To-do lists and reminders
  • Weekly progress emails
  • A/B testing for evaluating job ads and descriptions
  • Candidate pipeline automatically creates tasks
  • Application review tools
  • Reports for every candidate source

Cost: Contact for a quote

8. RIVS
@rivscom

RIVS

You’re busy, and so are freelance consultants, so it’s no surprise that finding a mutually convenient time for an interview can be challenging. RIVS solves that problem with recorded interview questions and responses that both the interviewer and candidate can complete at their convenience. If scheduling isn’t an issue, live interviews via phone or video can be recorded for later review. The best candidates can be shared with partners or team members for input, resulting in better hiring decisions.

Key Features:

  • Prepare written or verbal interview questions
  • Reduce time by completing repetitive tasks only once
  • Candidates record interview responses via phone or webcam
  • Eliminates scheduling hassles
  • Schedule and record live interviews
  • Calendar and text message reminders
  • Share the best candidates with team members for input

Cost: Contact for a quote

9. LinkedIn
@LinkedIn

LinkedIn

Checking out candidates’ social media profiles is becoming a standard part of the screening process for both employees and freelance consultants. While it doesn’t negate the need to evaluate less-professionally-oriented social networks like Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn can reveal many valuable insights into a candidate’s work history, relationships with co-workers and accomplishments.

Key Features: 

  • Search by name, job position or company
  • Read recommendations from previous clients and co-workers
  • Get details on candidates’ job history and accomplishments
  • View portfolios and samples

Cost: FREE

10. Interview Rocket
@InterviewRocket

Interview Rocket

A tool for pre-screening job candidates and freelance consultants, Interview Rocket uses captured video responses to make it easier to schedule interviews across time zones and work around scheduling conflicts. Simulating a face-to-face interview process, it’s simple for companies to assess freelance consultants from across the country, or even the globe, without significant investments in travel costs and lodging.

Key Features: 

  • Input candidate details, configure questions and send invitations
  • Evaluate and share video responses with colleagues
  • Candidates record video responses at a time convenient to them
  • Eliminate high travel and lodging expenses for candidate screening

Cost: Contact for a quote

11. Screenie
@ScreenieMX

Screenie

Screenie enables companies to create customized, branded screening processes for evaluating job candidates and freelance consultants. With customized interview questions that candidates can answer using a mobile device or on the web, the process is both thorough and convenient. Employers can also review and rate responses using either mobile or web.

Key Features: 

  • Branded, customizable interview portals
  • Shareable interview and candidate profiles
  • Use via web or mobile
  • Multi-browser compatible: IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Custom interview introductions to communicate company message
  • Choose questions from question bank or create custom questions
  • Save a series of questions for specific positions
  • Analytics dashboard with applicant, screening and hiring data

Cost: 

  • Free 30-day trial
  • Contact for a quote

12. HiringThing
@HiringThing

HiringThing

HiringThing lets you distribute a single job post to multiple job boards, both paid and free, and social media networks. Additionally, you can track and manage candidates throughout the screening process, document notes from interviews and other information sources, and share candidate information with other team members. Additionally, HiringThing automates the process of sending rejection letters and other communications.

Key Features: 

  • Integrated with social media
  • Push advertisements to multiple job boards
  • Track notes and applicant status
  • Integrated screening questions
  • Rank consultants based on suitability
  • Share resumes and candidate info with team members

Cost: 

  • 14-day free trial
  • Basic: $39/month – Up to 2 open jobs, unlimited users and applicants
  • Standard: $79/month - Up to 5 open jobs, form builder
  • Pro: $129/month - Up to 10 open jobs, resume import
  • Enterprise: $199/month - Unlimited open jobs, advanced customization

13. ApplicantStack
@applicantstack

AppicantStack

A comprehensive applicant-tracking software application, ApplicantStack is fully-hosted and web-based, so you can access important information related to your hiring process and current freelance consultant applicants at any time, from any device. ApplicantStack enables you to post and distribute job ads to free job and major job boards, as well as social media to expand your reach. You can import resumes from other sources like Zintro, collect feedback via questionnaires, send anonymous and automated responses, and much more.

Key Features: 

  • Templates, triggers and automated responses
  • Anonymous email handles for automatic filtering
  • Import or bulk upload resumes and CVs from other sources
  • Pipeline Dashboard with complete audit trails
  • Standard reports: Pipeline, Activity, EEOC, and Applicant Summary
  • Custom and ad-hoc reports
  • EEOC/OFCCP data collection
  • Compliance reports
  • Mass and individual mailing capabilities
  • Built-in, customizable best practices recruitment workflow

Cost: 

  • $65/month: 1 recruiter, 5 hiring managers, 4,000 candidates
  • $130/month: 2 recruiters, 10 hiring managers, 8,000 candidates
  • $195/month: 3 recruiters, 15 hiring managers, unlimited candidates
  • $260/month: 4 recruiters, 20 hiring managers, unlimited candidates
  • $325/month: 5 recruiters, 25 hiring managers, unlimited candidates

14.  Recruitby.net
@Recruitbynet

Recruitby.net

Screen potential consultants when it’s most convenient for you with Recruitby.net’s video interviewing tool. It’s a simple-to-use platform: Simply record your preferred interview questions, send invitations to the consultants you’d like to interview, and then screen interview responses as they come in.

Key Features: 

  • Multi-language support
  • Video and text questions
  • Store questions as “favorites” for repeat use
  • Email notifications when responses are received
  • Comment on and rate candidate videos
  • Invite colleagues to view candidate responses
  • Invite-only or public interview options

Cost: 

  • Free Trial: Maximum 5 candidates
  • Single Hire: $400 – Valid for 60 days, up to 40 candidates
  • Single User: $295/month – Unlimited candidates, minimum one-year contract
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote

15. jobFig
@jobFig

jobFig

jobFig uses the Five Factor Model of Personality to help you find freelance consultants that are a perfect match for your company not merely based on expertise, but personality and cultural fit. The assessment evaluates Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism, all traits which can impact how well an individual relates to another person or team.

Key Features: 

  • Each trait is evaluated on 6 facets
  • Widely accepted method of psychometric assessments
  • Scores represent how much candidates exhibit each trait
  • System gains insights with each hire to better predict future matches
  • Level of demonstration dictates most likely behaviors
  • Traits identified which may be influenced by other team members
  • Assessment takes just 7 minutes

Cost: FREE Personality Medallion

16. Workable
@Workable

Workable

Workable is “beautifully simple hiring software” to facilitate better hiring decision-making. With Workable, you can manage your complete recruiting pipeline from a single dashboard, reach out to recruiters, social media networks, and job sites, and then store all candidate information in one place. Track applicants, schedule interviews and take feedback notes to discuss consultants with your team and choose the right expert for your projects.

Key Features: 

  • Store resumes, cover letters, notes and other candidate info
  • Automatic discovery of social media profiles
  • Simple application forms, including “Apply with LinkedIn” option
  • Custom form fields
  • One-click posting to job sites
  • Schedule interviews and send mass emails
  • Add and track candidates from any source
  • Keyword search and filtering

Cost: 

  • Starter: $19/month – 1 active job
  • Lite: $49/month – 3 active jobs
  • Standard: $99/month – 5 active jobs
  • Professional: $199/month – 10 active jobs
  • Enterprise: $399/month – Unlimited active jobs

17. Plum
@plum_io

Plum

Plum is an innovative tool providing a bird’s-eye view into your entire team, so you can evaluate strengths and weaknesses at a glance and identify essential skills where freelance consultants can fill knowledge gaps. You can easily evaluate any candidate against your team to predict success in any role or with any team within your organization. All of this is presented in a single dashboard so you can directly compare top candidates to determine the best possible fit.

Key Features:

  • People Statement gives you a team snapshot
  • Compare top candidates against one another
  • Determine how well a consultant will fit with your team
  • Total candidate picture in a single view
  • Real-time candidate dashboards
  • Create an interview shortlist to save time

Cost: Contact for a quote

18.  GoodJob
@GoodJobcom

GoodJob

Referrals from existing employees are widely touted as a highly effective means of landing a job or consulting gig. GoodJob aids the other spectrum of the process, facilitating employee referral programs to help companies engage employees and attract top talent. Using GoodJob, you can track referrals and reward employees, harness your employees’ social networks to expand your reach, and easily generate leads.

Key Features: 

  • Track referral activity
  • Increase job satisfaction through employee recognition
  • Enable employees to share positive work experiences on social networks
  • Mobile app with on-the-go directory of open jobs and opportunities
  • Simple lead submission to encourage employee participation

Cost: Contact for a quote

19. iApplicants
@iapplicants

iApplicants

iApplicants facilitates the entire recruiting and hiring process, complete with guidance on customizing and targeting job descriptions and inquiries seeking freelance talent in order to attract top-tier professionals. Set up customized screening questions to filter out applicants that don’t meet your minimum requirements without sorting through hundreds of resumes and eliminate interview scheduling hassles with automated video and audio interviews.

Key Features: 

  • Audio- and video-based automated interviews
  • Behavioral, cognitive and skills assessments
  • Integrated background checks
  • Share top applicants with team members via email or login
  • Track applicants throughout the hiring process
  • Dedicated account manager

Cost: 

  • Contact for a quote
  • Average customer spends $100 to $200 per month

20. Identifi

Identifi

Identifi is a privately-held company founded in 2011 providing custom, cloud-based solutions for managing human resources processes, including hiring. Solutions range from hiring assessments to developmental plans for existing team members.

Key Features: 

  • Custom hiring solutions built to company specifications
  • Pre-employment screenings and assessments
  • Developmental plans for current employees
  • Data-driven approach to make better hiring decisions

Cost: Contact for a quote

21. GoToMeeting
@GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is now offering a free version of its popular video-conferencing platform. Conduct a video interview with up to three participants for free with GoToMeeting, without signing up for an account, agreeing to an annual contract, or downloading software. This free tool is available exclusively for Google Chrome. Of course, if you need video conferencing software for larger meetings and events, there are paid options available from GoToMeeting and its sister service, GoToWebinar.

Key Features:

  • Up to 3 participants
  • No software to download
  • Free, web-based video conference
  • No signup required
  • Start meetings instantly with the click of a button
  • Works only in Google Chrome

Cost: FREE

22. PowerMeeter
@PowerMeeter

PowerMeeter

Interviewing freelance consultants and job candidates from the other side of the country is easy with PowerMeeter’s streamlined system. Simply enter the questions you want candidates to answer, send candidates an invitation containing a link to record their responses, then view, rate and comment on responses to create a candidate shortlist at your convenience.

Key Features: 

  • Branded, customizable email invitations
  • Fully branded interface
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Simple link makes it easy for candidates to record responses
  • Rate and comment on responses
  • Create candidate shortlists
  • Share responses via email to discuss with team members

Cost (prices in £): 

  • Starter: £299/month – Up to 100 interviews
  • Plus: £599/month – Up to 250 interviews
  • Pro: £1999/month – Up to 1,000 interviews
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – 1,000+ interviews

23. Reppify
@Reppify

 

Reppify

A social referral engine aiming to redefine the typical candidate sourcing and lead generation process, Reppify gives employees a chance to become lead generators and talent sourcers by using their social connections to create a network of friendly leads. Reppify uses two powerful, simple-to-use pieces of software, Reppify Leads and Reppify Talent, to search against criteria of the company employee connections.

Key Features:

  • Reppify Leads allows sales teams to search for connections at target companies, geographical regions, industries or job roles
  • Reppify Talent allows recruiters to create a job requisition in Reppify’s system with customized requirements and then input their aggregated company network, past candidate databases and incoming applicants
  • Recruiters immediately receive scored, stack-ranked lists of the best candidates for each available position

Cost: Contact for  a quote

24. fitzii
@fitzii

fitzii

Designed to help you find and hire the best people for your organization, fitzii is a predictive applicant tracking system. The fitzii team aims to take the bias out of the hiring process and level the playing field; so, the fitzii system helps organizations assess people on multiple dimensions early in the process so the result is a stronger pool of candidates in the shortlist pile.

Key Features:

  • Quick and easy job posting
  • Reaches millions of candidates at competitive rates
  • Accurate, reliable and thorough assessments quickly identify the best candidates
  • Optimize and streamline recruiting with the customizable dashboard
  • Build a database of applicants to search in the future; then, access, search and report on all of your data

Cost: 

  • FREE 30-day trial
  • Small: $349/month – 1 user account and 3 open jobs at one time
  • Medium: $449/month – 5 user accounts and 3 open jobs at one time
  • Large: $849/month – 15 user accounts and 5 open jobs at one time
  • Enterprise: Call for a quote – 15+ user accounts and 5+ open jobs at one time

 25. Submittable
@submittable

 

Submittable

Submittable gives you back some of your valuable time by streamlining the process of finding and hiring freelance consultants and virtually eliminating the email submissions from them. By embedding a customizable submissions form into your site’s page, you receive all of your submissions in one secure place. Your team then is able to review the content and collaborate without needing any other software to open the files, and then you can rate, add notes, define advanced custom review forms and more with Submittable.

Key Features:

  • Powerful custom forms
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Efficient organization with one list for entries
  • Export at any time to secure servers and then access the data anywhere in the cloud-based system from your desktop or mobile device

Cost: 

  • FREE 14-day trial
  • Professional: $319/year – 8 staff accounts, 300 entries/month
  • Premier: $649/year – 20 staff accounts, 800 entries/month
  • Enterprise: $2200/year – unlimited staff accounts, 5000 entries/month
  • Contact for a custom quote

26. WorkforceGrowth
@WorkforceGrowth

WorkforceGrowth

Even though it originally was designed as a performance management system for current employees, WorkforceGrowth could be used as a screening and hiring tool. As you are narrowing your candidates, use Workforce Growth’s three review options to get information from candidates and weight their responses. View the reports after the review process to get a summary of the competed review. HR managers also can make public announcements so the prospective employees know if they need to complete another survey or answer more questions in a weighted review.

Key Features:

  • 360-degree reviews for individuals or entire departments
  • Team/peer reviews available for those times when 360-degree reviews are inappropriate
  • 3 Dashboards: personal, company, and administration
  • Real-time feedback
  • Google Apps integration

Cost: 

  • FREE 10-day trial
  • $5/employee/month
  • Contact for a quote for 200+ people

27. HireMojo
@HireMojo

HireMojo

The HireMojo team aspires to achieve a country with zero unemployment, so they see their purpose as connecting the hiring manager with the employee in a way that ensures each participant in the process is treated fairly and respectfully. As such, HireMojo is a complete hiring and recruiting platform that helps you automate your job description creation, job marketing, candidate flow management, application screening and the hiring of the candidate. And, HireMojo offers easy online recruitment and complete scheduling and management of your applications with automated email communication.

Key Features:

  • Online recruiting software provides a library of job descriptions
  • Manages every resume and lets you schedule interviews, eliminate candidates, send followup emails and make hiring decisions in one place
  • Online recruiting through job marketing and automatic sourcing
  • Applies a hiring algorithm to automatically screen and score all applicants so those who are the best fit are brought directly to your attention; unqualified applicants are removed from the process

Cost: 

  • FREE 10-day trial
  • Standard HireMojo: $295/60 days – 150+ Premium and Specialty Job Boards, plus major social media locations
  • Sales Mojo: $495/60 days – Standard Job Boards and social media locations, plus SalesJobs.com
  • Technology Mojo: $495/60 days – Standard Job Boards and social media locations, plus Dice.com
  • Add a HireMojo Certified Hiring Consultant (pro-recruiter): $2995/60 days – all of the job marketing from your selected package, plus additional dedicated sourcing of candidates, plus the Hiring Consultant will review and phone screen the top candidates for you, provide detailed recommendations, create your job strategy and more

28. AcquireTM
@AcquireTM

AcquireTM

An easy to use web-based applicant tracking and recruiting software solution for small and mid-size companies, AcquireTM allows HR managers to take control of the recruiting and hiring process by providing each member of the hiring team with the information they need in order to make informed hiring decisions. AcquireTM uses the latest Web2.0 technology and is designed with a mind on the unique needs and challenges that small and mid-size organizations face during the hiring process.

Key Features:

  • Simple, intuitive user interface
  • Manage everything from applicant tracing to job requisitions to screening and qualifying with AcquireTM
  • Three editions available to small and mid-size companies can choose the edition that best fits their budgets and needs: AcquireTM Express, AcquireTM Professional and AcquireTM Enterprise
    • AcquireTM Express – offers Applicant Tracking System essentials including branded career center, applicant tracking and job posting
    • AcquireTM Professional – takes the Express edition to the next level with the tools needed to manage job requisitions, source, recruit, track, and manage candidates during the hiring process
    • AcquireTM Enterprise – offers a complete Talent Acquisition Platform that manages every stage of the hiring process from initial job requisition and posting to applicant tracking to hire and on-boarding

Cost:

  • Contact to request a free trail or for a quote

29. Take the Interview
@taketheview 

 

Take the Interview

Take the Interview (TTI), an Interview Management Platform, helps organizations hire better people more quickly, especially because it allows you to “meet eye-to-eye before meeting face-to-face.”  All of TTI’s features make it an asset to organizations, but its recorded interviews are a special feature that give companies and candidates more flexibility with scheduling, thereby becoming an incredible time saver.

Key Features:

  • Better interviewing platforms allow you to screen and communicate with candidates using advanced video technology
  • Smarter scheduling tools, improved organization and streamlined platforms allow for better workflow to increase efficiency in the hiring process
  • Real-Time Notes during a real-time interview
  • Obtain actionable insight with easily-accessible data from your organization’s interview process

Cost: Contact for a quote

30. The Resumator
@TheResumator

The Resumator

The Resumator’s mission is to bring talented people together with compelling companies. With The Resumator’s automatic job board syndication, you can source freelance consultants with one click and then narrow the field with data-driven hiring tools designed to help you get to your shortlist more quickly. Finally, use email integration and custom letter templates to quickly hire your best candidate. The Resumator makes the entire hiring process simple and efficient.

Key Features:

  • Instant job post updates to the boards you’re using – free or paid; edit once and update everywhere
  • Custom questionnaires, custom assessments, and automated scoring
  • Reusable email templates, email integration, and communication archive

Cost: 

  • 14-Day FREE Trial of Grow or Pro
  • Grow: starting at $99/mo – unlimited users, limited workflows, basic career website
  • Pro: starting at $199/mo – unlimited users, unlimited workflows, custom branded career website
  • Pro Plus: Contact for a quote – unlimited users, all Pro features, plus dedicated support

31. Entelo
@Entelo

Entelo

Entelo started in 2011 to help recruiters build world-class teams by providing them with the tools necessary to being more effective and making candidate-recruiter interactions more personal. Through new and innovative tools and educational materials, Entelo guarantees to take your recruitment strategy to the next level.

Key Features:

  • Entelo offers four products: Entelo Search, Entelo Sonar, Entelo Button, and Entelo Diversity.
  • Entelo Search – Adds powerful tools to traditional recruiting methods; stack-orders candidates based on skill, relevance, expertise and potential availability; additional one-of-a-kind filters; aggregated social data
  • Entelo Sonar – Uses keywords to give you only the most relevant and qualified candidates; patent-pending algorithm locates the top passive candidates; daily email alerts
  • Entelo Button – Chrome Extension that utilizes data so you can get more candidate information from anywhere on the web; get condensed views of candidate data; take action on a candidate; one-click outreach email
  • Entelo Diversity – Proprietary algorithm results in finding candidates who meet specific gender, race or military experience requirements; gain access to candidates’ social data; source more diverse pools of candidates efficiently

Cost: Contact for a quote

32. BambooHR
@bamboohr

 

BabooHR

BambooHR is the online Human Resources Information System (HRIS) that is simple, intuitive, and adaptable. The Bamboo team promises to make the transition from spreadsheets to their online HR software successful for you, and that it will give you more time to do the other important HR work that sometimes gets buried in the myriad of paperwork and spreadsheets, especially during hiring times.

Key Features:

  • Keep all employee data in one secure location that is accessible in seconds from anywhere with visually-appealing reports
  • Customize fields, tables and tabs
  • Create user groups
  • Integrate with other serves like applicant tracking and payroll

Cost: 

  • FREE 7-day trial
  • Professional Package varies by number of employees
  • To add applicant tracking, contact for a quote

33. ChequedReference
@Chequed_com

ChequedReference

Chequed.com offers Predictive Talent SelectionTM technology to enhance business results, and its ChequedReference is an automated reference checking tool that provides thorough insight into candidate potential. ChequedReference allows you to quickly and easily gather detailed, candid feedback from freelance consultants’ former employers to practically eliminate bad hiring for your organization.

Key Features:

  • An advanced employee reference check tool that is predictive – ChequedReference automates preemployment reference checking combined with leading behavioral science developed at the State University of New York, Albany
  • Improve your recruitment brand
  • Increase candidate pipeline in terms of size and quality

Cost: 

  • FREE 14-Day Trial
  • Contact for a quote

34. Interview4
@higherintelligent

Interview4

Interview4 is the video interviewing solution from Hire-Intelligence for both employers and employment service providers. With Interview 4, employers will save time and money by no longer needing to schedule interviews needing to be attended by the entire HR team at once. And, with Interview4, employment service providers will stand out with an interviewing solution that is branded and customized to fit their work flow.

Key Features:

  • Screen and interview candidates with recorded online video
  • Three different types of online recorded video interviews: One-Way Virtual Interviews, One-Way Virtual Showcase or Two-Way Live Interviews
  • Get more insight into candidates before the final interview so you can make more informed decisions
  • Interview4 One-Way Virtual Interviews and Virtual Showcase Interviews can be completed on a tablet or smartphone using the Interview4 mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices
  • Interview4 Two-Way Live Interviews must be completed using a PC or laptop and a webcam

Cost: Contact for a quote

35. Montage Interview
@MontageTalent

Montage Interview

As a video interviewing application that offers “live” video, Montage Interview is designed for hiring. Expand your recruiting reach for freelance consultants beyond traditional limits and virtually eliminate the requirement that candidates and interviewers be in the same location at the same time, since Montage Interview even works on mobile devices and tablets.

Key Features:

  • Unlimited participants translates to panel interviews involving everyone who needs to take part in making the decision to hire
  • Creates an interview environment that virtually simulates your physical location
  • Round-the-clock support available to service all participants, from candidates to hiring managers and recruiters

Cost: Contact for a Quote

36. Hirebridge Recruiter
@hirebridge

Hirebridge

Hirebridge strives to help recruiters and hiring managers eliminate paper from the hiring process and then complete the whole process more efficiently. The on-demand Applicant Tracking System is suitable for nearly all markets and industries as an easy-to-use tool that “helps organizations automate their recruiting and hiring processes.” Hirebridge does not require IT staff involvement, software to buy or hardware to install or manage; users just have to login from any web browser and then enjoy the ability to manage their jobs, candidates, reports and more.

Key Features:

  • Modular design allows for flexibility in designing an applicant tracking and hiring management system to meet the needs of your particular organization
  • Delivered as an on-demand web-based service
  • Dramatically increase recruiter productivity because they will spend their time on more traditional functions while the Hirebridge Recruiter takes care of administration

Cost: 

  • Free trial available
  • Contact for a quote

37. VidCruiter – VidHiring
@VidCruiter

 

VidCruiter

VidCruiter powers Video recruiting and an online interviewing platform to offer a full line of recruiting products. With VidCruiter’s Applicant Hiring System, increase the quality of freelance consultants you hire while still enjoying a fast and affordable hiring process.

Key Features:

  • Automate your hiring process at a level that you are comfortable with, so you are ensuring the quality of candidates
  • Better results come from a standardized hiring process, and VidHiring gives you the capability of creating the exact same application process for every person who applies
  • Professionally branded career site and job portal
  • Information is safely stored in the cloud; the data belongs to you, so you tell VidCruiter when to stop keeping it

Cost: Contact for a quote

38. Refrek
@refrek

Refrek

Refrek strives to provide dynamic online solutions that will expedite and economize the recruiting process for companies and organizations of any size. Specifically, Refrek looks to offer the resources that organizations need in order to source, review and assess candidates more efficiently and at your convenience.

Key Features:

  • Customize your interview questionnaires to get the answers and reactions you need in order to make the most informed hiring decisions possible
  • Send your list of applicants using the easy-to-use web form and Refrek takes care of the easy-to-distribute interview questionnaire
  • Video interview process is captured by Refrek and stored until review by you, making the interview and review processes convenient, rather than having to be scheduled

Cost:

  • Basic: FREE – 3 interviews/month, 5 candidates/interview, 1-week storage
  • Silver: $99/month with yearly billing – 5 interviews/month, unlimited candidates/interview, 3-month storage and interview sharing
  • Gold: $209/month with yearly billing – 15 interviews/month, unlimited candidates/interview, 1-year storage, interview sharing and confidential questionnaire
  • Platinum: $389/month with yearly billing – 30 interviews/month, unlimited candidates, 7-year storage, interview sharing and confidential questionnaire
  • Contact for larger plans

39. InterviewStream
@InterviewStream

InterviewStream

 

In 2003, InterviewStream pioneered web-based video screening, interviewing and preparation and now is part of an expanded video apps suite that is beyond hiring and includes employee communications: RolePlayPRO for training and best practices, and ivMessage for one-way messaging. InterviewStream continues to help companies “generate great candidate experience and remarkable returns… to transform the most-demanding hiring environments and perfect the practice of video interviewing.”

Key Features:

  • Pre-recorded interviewing
  • One-way messaging
  • Role playing
  • Online video practice interviewing
  • Live, in-person video interviews

Cost: Contact for a quote

40. Zoom
@zoom_us

Zoom

Zoom is a cloud-based meeting platform that’s a cost-effective and simple solution for screening and interviewing freelance consultants. Meetings are free for up to 25 participants, meaning you can hold endless interviews and even small-group interviews for free with Zoom. With dynamic voice detection to reduce background noise and HD voice and video, you can focus on asking pertinent questions instead of hassling with technology.

Key Features: 

  • 40 minutes per meeting
  • HD video and voice
  • Dynamic voice detection reduces background noise
  • One-click start and join for mobile or desktop
  • Instant or scheduled meetings
  • Private or group chats
  • Host controls
  • Record interviews or meetings for later review

Cost: 

  • FREE: Up to 25 participants
  • Pro:
    • Up to 25 participants: $9.99/month and up
    • Up to 100 participants: $49.99/month and up
  • Business:
    • Up to 25 participants: $7.99/month and up
    • Up to 100 participants: $47.99/month and up

 

41. Jobvite Video
@Jobvite

Jobvite

Jobvite Video makes video interviewing easy and hassle-free. It can be used in conjunction with Jobvite Hire, a full-service recruiting and hiring suite, for interviewing, screening, scheduling, tracking and hiring freelance consultants and employees all from a single login, or you can use the Jobvite Video service alone. This on-demand service reduces travel costs associated with hiring and screening candidates, and for those who already use Jobvite Hire, it’s a fully-integrated, value-added tool to add to your hiring arsenal.

Key Features: 

  • Set invitation-specific expirations to speed up response times
  • Integrates fully with Jobvite Hire recruiting software
  • Share responses with team members for additional feedback
  • Use early-stage video screening to shorten time-to-hire

Cost: Contact for a quote

 

42. LaunchPad Recruits
@LaunchPadHQ

LaunchPad

A simple video interviewing tool, LaunchPad Recruits gives the screening and interviewing process a more personal feel, enabling you to get deeper insights into consultants’ personalities and qualifications rather than relying on written communications and lists of skills. Candidates can record their responses on a desktop or mobile device for convenience, and it’s a completely brand-able interface so you can maintain brand consistency.

Key Features: 

  • Add employer-branded videos to interviews
  • Customizable interface: logos, colors, fonts, etc.
  • Seamless login
  • Ask recorded video questions
  • Control every element the candidate sees
  • Integrates with ATS systems
  • Two interview modes with re-recording of responses

Cost: Contact for a quote

 

43. Interactly
@Interactly

Interactly

Interactly allows users to create automated virtual interactions; ask one or more video questions and invite people to respond with a webcam or through audio. Companies and organizations that are just beginning to try video interviewing could begin with Interactly because of its ease of use and its review and share feature.

Key Features:

  • Both standardized and customized highly professional video interaction platforms available
  • Three core features allow your organization to work more effectively: structured interactivity, scalability, and personality
  • Secure connection during both the recording and the playback

Cost: Contact for a quote

 

44. JetHR

 

Jet-HR

Make interviewing freelance consultants more efficient with JetHR’s online interview service. Automate your interviewing process with JetHR by creating questions for the interview and then inviting candidates for the online interview through email. The candidates then attend the online interview and provide video-based answers to questions, which the interviewer can then review to evaluate the candidates.

Key Features:

  • Test Bank allows you to create and manage your interview questions
  • Candidate Database helps you manage candidates’ information and send email invitations to the interview
  • Online Candidate Interview displays questions one at a time and provides a live video recording of candidates’ answers
  • Interview assessment goes beyond just viewing a candidate’s answers: evaluate interviews via the scoring system and record feedback through comments and appraisals to then share with other team members
  • Multiple logins
  • 100% web browser based – no software installation or upfront costs

Cost:

  • Create a JetHR account to set up a credit account with a fixed credit limit
  • As the service is used, the charges are added to the credit account
  • Payments are made when the credit limit is exhausted
  • One-time enrollment fee of $20
  • $100 credit limit for your account
  • $2 per interview, charged only when a candidate has completed the test

 

45. SparkHire
@sparkhire

Spark-Hire

SparkHire offers complete and affordable online video interviewing solutions, including tools for HR departments and for staffing professionals, and you can decide which is right for your organization when screening and hiring freelance consultants. SparkHire prides itself on offering customers a valuable service while maintaining the lowest prices in the industry, giving you “the most bang for your buck.”

Key Features:

  • World-class support for both customers and their candidates
  • One-Way Interview, Open Interview and Live Interview options
  • Customize your colors, upload your logo and more to have consistent branding
  • Mobil App available so candidates can conduct their video interviews directly from their iOS or Android device
  • Broadcast your interview invitation links on social media

Cost:

  • Bronze: $49/month – includes 10 user seats and 1 job for small businesses or companies seeking to sample video interviewing
  • Silver: $209/month – includes 10 user seats and 5 jobs, plus 5 custom welcome videos, adjustable time limits, analytics and more for medium-sized companies looking to begin implementing video interviews
  • Gold: $499/month – includes 10 user seats and unlimited jobs, all of the silver plan features, plus unlimited custom welcome videos for staffing firms or companies with larger recruiting efforts

 

46. videoBIORecruiter
@videoBIO

Video-Bio-Recruiter

Make the process of hiring your next freelance consultant a little smoother with videoBIORecruiter’s six steps: create interview questions; invite candidates to respond; wait for candidate to record interview responses; review, rate, comment and shortlist after viewing the responses; ask follow-up questions and initiate a live interview and make your hiring decision. videoBIORecruiter also offers premium candidate tools so you can see how the candidates use the tools at their disposal to present their best responses to you.

Key Features:

  • Live video and prerecorded video interviewing
  • Easy-to-use recruiter and candidate tools
  • Rating and shortlisting capabilities

Cost: Contact for a quote

 

47. Hiring Simplified

hiring-simplified

Get the best freelance consultant candidates and make the hiring process simple with Hiring Simplified. A video screening platform, Hiring Simplified aims to help employers find employees that are better suited to their company through a simple process to get the best candidates on your shortlist.

Key Features:

  • Standardized recruitment process
  • Increase candidate pool from the resume selection process
  • Reduce both the number of on-site interview and travel costs
  • Ensure convenient interview times for both the recruiter and candidate

Cost: *Free 60 minutes of usage on all accounts

  • All accounts offer unlimited interviews, unlimited candidate invitations, question databank, and customer support
  • Tier 1: $19.99 – 2.5 hours, limited customer support
  • Tier 2: $34.99 – 5 hours, limited customer support
  • Tier 3: $59.99 – 10 hours, unlimited customer support
  • Tier 4: $99.99 – 20 hours, unlimited customer support
  • Tier 5: $249.99 – 50 hours, unlimited customer support

 

48. Cloud Interview
@cloudinterview

cloud-interview

Use Cloud Interview to connect to freelance consultants through streamlined HR technology. Cloud Interview’s simple web based on-demand interviewing platform makes your interviewing process more efficient and cost effective while getting you to better candidates that you can interview online at any time.

Key Features:

  • Cloud Interview coordinates logistics, simplifies the process, and takes the hassle out of interviewing
  • Add evaluators and collaborators into the system
  • Evaluators and collaborators review the video responses when it best fits their schedules and rate each response on a 1-10 scale with supporting comments
  • The system rank orders the candidates based on your team’s ratings

Cost: *Free trial available

  • No contracts, service fees or setup fees
  • Plans are priced by number of interview credits
  • Volume pricing means the more you purchase, the more you save
  • Plans run from $35/credit to $19/credit, depending on how many interview credits you purchase
  • Contact for special pricing needs

 

49. Cuzie
@CuzieCorp

cuzie

Cuzie has evolved traditional recruiting software to meet the needs of 21st century companies.  Cut training time with the intuitive user-experience and attract, interview and hire more easily and efficiently than ever before with built-in video.  Overall, Cuzie offers a combined full-functioning Applicant Tracking System and Digital Interviewing Platform that companies of all sizes can use.

Key Features:

  • Prerecorded video interview and live video solutions
  • Video cover letter
  • Configurable notifications
  • Applicant friendly
  • Analytics
  • Job posting and social sharing
  • EEO reporting tools and forms

Cost: Contact for a quote

 

50. ePoise
@ePoiseTweets

epoise

ePoise offers a cloud-based video interviewing and screening tool to help you interview and hire freelance consultants. Invite candidates to interview any time and from anywhere, and enjoy the freedom of having your hiring team evaluate candidates from any time and from anywhere. ePoise also includes role-based structured interviews and consistent, collaborative evaluations to make your hiring process easier for all parties involved.

Key Features:

  • Eliminate the need to schedule interviews and evaluation meetings
  • Enjoy evaluations that are up to 8 times faster than traditional methods
  • Add structure and consistency to the hiring process to decrease the chance for bias or hiring an incompatible candidate

Cost: Contact for a quote

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Zintro_Tim BrophyZintro expert Tim Brophy is an Underground Mining Tire & Wheel Specialist. He has over 35 years of experience in sales, service, field engineering, and design of tires, wheels, and service programs for underground mining operations. Tim recently completed a comprehensive evaluation with an underground copper mine in Turkey as a result of a Zintro referral:

I arrived in Cayeli/Rize, Turkey in late April. I spent six days working with an underground copper mine for the purpose of evaluating their current tire program. I provided an analysis of the existing contract with the tire service provider, as well as an analysis of the tire performance records for the year 2013 and first quarter of 2014, and generated a report of pertinent findings.

I toured the underground operations to inspect tires in service, as well as operating conditions within the mine. A visit to the tire service provider’s operations allowed me to inspect tire repair practices and products available so that I could offer some helpful suggestions. At the end of the visit I developed a PowerPoint presentation of all of my findings, along with suggestions for improvement, which I presented to a group of key mine site supervisors.
I believe the visit was a great success. The management team complimented me on the presentation. Also, when I followed up with them later, I was told that they are already implementing several of my suggestions.

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Another Look at United Nations Environmental Assembly http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/11/another-look-united-nations-environmental-assembly/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/11/another-look-united-nations-environmental-assembly/#respond Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:22:46 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21682 Last month we spoke with Zintro expert Rick Rybeck about the first United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) taking place in Kenya. The Associate Press described it as a weeklong event... Read More

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512px-United_Nations_Flags_-_croppedLast month we spoke with Zintro expert Rick Rybeck about the first United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) taking place in Kenya. The Associate Press described it as a weeklong event that involved “the examination of the intersection between global economic process and the environment.” The 150-delegate assembly focused on areas such as climate change, pollution, land degradation and access to water.

Joel Ulises Sevilla, PhD. is an advisor and consultant in agribusiness and economy. He recently responded the discussion. Dr. Sevilla says, “Well, even if countries in the developing world are all in to make possible a shift toward better policies concerning sustainable development, the question is about the true enrollment of industrialized nations, for instance G-7. Plus, no public initiative can be as effective as good teamwork together with a well-represented private sector.

“As one concerned economist and a very interested party on the topic of sustainability, I cannot wait to see more public facilitation and social responsibility of big corporation within local government performing along with local communities worldwide. Yet, a good deal is needed to bring together the middle class already under pressure with big governments deeper in debt. While a very small group of people controlling multinational corporations staying away from a global treat as climate change in presenting at present and near future, total menace there is. Yet, since climate change is and will be the biggest challenge for humankind, I want to help any way I can.”

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Inquiry Roundup – Medical Devices http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/08/inquiry-roundup-medical-devices/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/08/inquiry-roundup-medical-devices/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:54:44 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21690 FDA 510K  Hello, I’m looking for a consultant to assist with an FDA 510k submission for a: Class II Ophthalmic Medical Device If you have expertise in this area, please... Read More

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Hello, I’m looking for a consultant to assist with an FDA 510k submission for a:
Class II Ophthalmic Medical Device
If you have expertise in this area, please let me know. Thank you
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Medical Device Compliance

We need a Medical Device Compliance Expert with Expertise in Clarity (application) and extensive experience in Data Warehousing and ETL in San Diego CA
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510k Premarket Notification

I’m looking for someone who can guide me on the process for submitting a 510(k) premarket notification for a Class 2 medical device.
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Singapore Medical Devices Regulation

Regulatory consultant for an orthopaedic medical device who may assist the regulatory strategy, reimbursement, product verification validation, market clearance product registration.
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India Medical Device Industry

I am working for a major medical device company. We would like to find out more on the impact of govt affairs trends in India (e.g reimbursement, PPP etc.) – current state vs. future outlook over next 5 years.
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FDA Regulated Channels

Hi, I am looking for industry experts based in US who would be interested to provide training’s ( online webinars / seminars) for Medical devices, Regulatory affairs, Cosmetics, Veterinary industry and other FDA regulated channels. Please contact me so that i can provide more details about this opportunity.
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Success Story: Tom Kirkland http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/05/success-story-tom-kirkland/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/05/success-story-tom-kirkland/#respond Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:34:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21650 Zintro expert Tom Kirkland is an engineer with extensive experience in thermoplastics joining, particularly ultrasonic, vibration, hot plate, thermal stake/insert, spin weld and laser weld. He shares his experience working... Read More

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Zintro_Tom-KirklandZintro expert Tom Kirkland is an engineer with extensive experience in thermoplastics joining, particularly ultrasonic, vibration, hot plate, thermal stake/insert, spin weld and laser weld. He shares his experience working as a consultant on the Zintro platform:

The client had a problem with a product using a manufacturing process with which I am very familiar. They had thought they could adjust process settings or make part design changes to achieve results that would eliminate an end use issue. They had originally requested information on how much time I could put in on the project, and my ability to travel to their manufacturing plant.

We exchanged contact information and they sent me solid models of the part design and photos of the finished assembly in preparation for the initial call. In the one-hour phone call, I asked questions about their manufacturing equipment, process, part, and materials. I was able to confirm for them that they were already getting very near optimal results from the chosen process, and no other viable process could give them better results. Then we discussed concepts that could give them the results they were looking for through secondary operations, with which I also have experience.

The client basically saved countless hours going down a series of dead-end paths for the cost of a one-hour telephone consult. The client was happy and satisfied at the end of the call, and that is the bottom line for me. Even if I can’t always deliver the news a client wants to hear, I will always suggest promising alternatives they can pursue to achieve the results they want.

I also have absolutely no interest in charging a client for a lot of consulting hours they don’t need. I am interested in developing a client who will recommend me to their peers, and who will come back in the future. All of my experience working with Zintro clients tells me that this approach is working. I also appreciate that when using Zintro, I don’t have to spend a lot of time on quoting and billing, and I think clients do as well.

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Success Story: Karl Leinsing http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/04/success-story-karl-leinsing/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/04/success-story-karl-leinsing/#respond Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:41:23 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21595 Karl Leinsing has over 25 years of experience in design and project management, and has been in the Medical Product Device Design and Development industry since 1992. His areas of... Read More

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Zintro_Karl LeinsingKarl Leinsing has over 25 years of experience in design and project management, and has been in the Medical Product Device Design and Development industry since 1992. His areas of expertise include full life cycle product development, product conception, and polymer selection through computer-aided design and analysis. Karl is also a mold and manufacturing expert.

Karl hold 19 patents, in addition to several patent pending. He was listed one of “100 notable people in the Medical Device Industry” by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MDDI), and has 5 design awards. Karl was also inducted into the Product Design & Development Engineer Hall of Fame.

He shares his experience as an expert on Zintro:

I was able to help the client on a big medical device development project since I had significant experience past and present on the device they were looking to develop. I saved them much time in research and helped answer all of their questions from prior art in patents, design preferences, market needs, cost targets, and the world market.
Zintro has helped to link me as an expert with other companies or individuals that have very specific projects that would not otherwise be able to find me or make that valuable connection. We exchanged e-mails at first to understand the project and then used Zintro to set up the call and facilitate payment and all of the above worked well. I am thankful to Zintro for the platform.

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