Bonjour Paris: softfactors @ disruptHR 2015

October 16, 2015 News no comments
HR Tech Congress 2015

We are proud to announce that softfactors will be part of the disruptHR 2015 exhibition co-located with HR Tech World Congress. Digital technology is driving innovation in HR and measuring soft skills is a key part of this transformation process.

We believe soft skill matching should be embedded into the fabric of every line of business. That’s why softfactors will show its soft skill matching API and demonstrate how easily it can be integrated into existing HR services and solutions (ATS systems, job boards, etc.).

Visit us at our booth at disruptHR:

Visit us at booth 504 at disruptHR and don’t miss softfactors co-founder Reto Rüegger on stage:

October 28, 11:30 – Reto Rüegger: Are you hiring resumes or people?
Among some provocative statements and trends, Reto Ruegger, Co-Founder from softfactors, will introduce the softfactors recruiting suite that describes social skills and personality of applicants and compares these with the competency requirements of the organization.


What’s Next for Shaping Recruitment Impressions?

August 26, 2015 G2 HR Muse — Generations and Geographies 1 comment
Shaping Recruitment Impression

“But what if recruiting was like dating?”

It used to be called reputation. Now it is known as employer branding. Whatever the nomenclature, recruitment is a ripe venue for shaping and managing a company’s brand. Impression counts in every step in the recruitment process – be it appealing or repellent. Each touch point sets the tone for existing employees and prospective candidates.

Traditional recruitment methods combined with social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterist, et al) are recruitment dark hole magnets. Candidates, both internal and external, complain about bad experiences citing ATS complexity, recruiter non-response, inflated company marketing, impersonal automation, and the like.

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Recruiting Suite now available in French

July 15, 2015 About softfactors Recruiting Suite no comments
Hello! Bonjour!

Nouveau : La suite softfactors existe également en Français

We are continuing expanding our softfactors Recruiting Suite! The candidate experience and exercises are now also available in French. The French version runs at one of our customer’s job sites, a utility company, and has passed the test. For the moment our Recruiting Suite is available in English, German and French. Which language will be next?


You can now enjoy the soft factors Recruiting Suite from the applicants point of view – and apply for a fictitious demo job.

Competency-based e-Recruiting

July 13, 2015 About softfactors Recruiting Suite no comments
Looking for competency.

Recruiting the right human not the resource

When talking about competencies and recruiting, you have to think about the link to a company’s objectives. We all agree that employees are responsible for making strategy happen. softfactors believes that HR plays a big role in linking HRM to business objectives. This link creates leading indicators to improve talent acquisition outcomes.

So why is it that HR struggles with recruiting the cream of the talent crop? Wanting to be ahead of the curve in competing for talent is not enough. To unlock the talent market, attracting and hiring people with the right skills and attitudes is critical. But how do you best recruit them?

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What’s Next for HR Practitioners?

June 29, 2015 G2 HR Muse — Generations and Geographies no comments
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Join the discussion with our blog panel members!

We all recognize and experience that the world of work is on a trajectory of continuous change. It is rapid. It is pervasive. And, at times, it is both overpowering and awe-inspiring.

In the recently published book, “The Rise of HR,” Diane J. Gherson and Seth Kahan, describe the multitude of changes, many based in technology, that provide striking challenges and substantial opportunities to HR professionals.

They gear us to think about today’s technologies (smart objects, wireless technology, big data analytics, cloud computing, and social media platforms) plus changes in the way we work (work done anywhere and anytime, mission-driven companies, reshaped employee expectations). Gherson and Kahan propose this combination of technologies and workplace changes demonstrate dramatic shifts that can and do impact existing HR practices, processes, and mindsets.

We propose that with this myriad of unceasing social and technological disruptions, the HR field is prompted to redefine its approaches and agenda. In turn, HR professionals need to be prepared and enabled. To quickly and thoroughly come up to speed and reshape their capabilities.

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Soft Skills make the difference

June 19, 2015 About softfactors Recruiting Suite , Recruiters World no comments

Checking soft skills early in the recruiting process – just a „nice to have“?

Every recruiter knows the problem: time and again, the candidate with the perfect CV is not the most suitable candidate for the job. “Suitable” means: a person whose typical behavior matches with the job requirements and whose personality fits with the team.

Poorly fitting soft skills lead to expensive wrong hires, not just in management positions but everywhere in the organization, especially when the relationship side of a team shows dysfunctional symptoms.

Our behavior as human beings results from deeply rooted personality dimensions and is thus difficult to change. Do you remember how hard it can be to change an old habit and the beliefs that are attached to it? This is another reason why we should put an eye on the preferred behavior patterns of candidates.

However, the reality is often very different: Still today, many organizations focus first and singlemindedly on the fit between CV and job requirements. Only at the end of the hiring – in interviews or assessments – they eventually take a closer look at the human side.

In many recruitings, after a round of disappointing interviews, the hiring manager returns back to the initial pool of names to find another applicant. What a waste of time and resources, and how frustrating from a human point of view!

Checking soft skills early in the recruiting dramatically enhances chances of identifying a well-fitting candidate and also reduces time to hire. And the good news is: a standardized soft-skill screening is easy to implement, thanks to latest technologies. Say goodbye to elefantastic IT-implementation projects!

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Video: The wrestling nurse

June 12, 2015 Recruiters World no comments
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Did you know that Pythagoras was multiple Olympic Champion in wrestling?

We don’t know if wrestling was Pythagoras’ source of inspiration to develop his most famous formula: a2 + b2 = c2. Of him we think when we see the following video clip. Look at it with us, it takes less than two minutes.

Would you hire the professional nurse that you saw in this video clip? Do you think he is a good employee? And if yes, why?

The person does the job – not the CV or diploma

Volunteerism, except professional commitment, sports – from these actions we can derive crucial personality traits and skills, transferable characteristics and competencies. We believe it is always the person as a whole who does the work and makes the difference.

Softfactors matter.

PS: Soft skills like “focus” and “resilience” are measurable. And that’s what we do.

Quickly and reliably detect your behavioral preferences

May 28, 2015 About softfactors Recruiting Suite no comments

Personality@Work: A straightforward tool for the complex world of work

When filing a job, putting together a team or designing an employee’s development plan, it can be beneficial to have a sketch of an individual’s temperament. The personality structure of a person and the associated behavioral preferences play a central role in a good-fit to a job and a company.

Softfactors proposes it is sufficient to use a comprehensive and economical assessment tool to understand a person’s basic preferences and personality. Offered in our Recruiting Suite, Personality@Work is an uncomplicated and easy-to-use tool.

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