Get Instant Hiring Clarity with Signal – Job Analysis Made Easy

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Posted by Chris Platts on 25 February 2022

The working world is changing. New skills, behaviors, and ways of ‘doing things’ are emerging. Understanding how these changes affect the jobs we do, and the skills required for them has become increasingly difficult.

Hiring managers, recruiters, and HR teams can have different perspectives on what’s required when hiring. And role experts – the people actually doing the work, day-in, day-out rarely get a say in the process.

This creates a real problem. Hiring criteria becomes disconnected from the job reality. Candidates get hired under false pretenses. It’s no wonder that nearly half of all new hires fail.

There is a solution to all this, conducting a job analysis. But conducting a thorough job analysis takes time, something recruiters don’t have a lot of – and often involves expensive consultants.

Introducing Signal by ThriveMap (beta)

Today, after years of thinking about how recruitment should work (and, honestly, re-thinking it on many occasions) we’re proud to announce the first step in helping recruiters achieve hiring alignment with the launch of Signal.

With Signal – recruiters and HR managers can conduct their own rapid job analyses in minutes, for free.

Signal was created to make your life as a recruiter easier by letting you quickly and easily survey people currently doing the jobs you’re recruiting for to show you what’s really important when hiring.

Validate your hiring criteria with Signal:

  • Create customisable job analysis questionnaires 
  • Analyse the data to see the most important attributes, tasks, and other insights
  • Instantly view what should go into your job descriptions, adverts, and interview plan

Want to give Signal a try? (It’s free right now) click here and enjoy.

What is Signal?

Before I dive into the details, let’s take it out for a spin. Just enter your work email, name, company name and password. Don’t forget to use the early access code you’ve been given. Not got one? Contact us here.

(The beta supports English-language markets in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada).

Once logged in you’ll see something like this:

Create a new job analysis

Signal allows you to send a customisable job analysis questionnaire to your current role experts. These are likely to be the people doing the role, but you can also send it to your hiring squad, be it HR, Hiring Managers or anyone you like, really. Click “New job analysis” to get started.

You can check your survey before it goes out and then it’s as simple as entering emails and clicking send. All responses can be anonymous.

What is data consolidation?

Once the responses are in you’ll get an opportunity to review the information before generating your job analysis report. 

To do this, click on “Consolidate data”. It will let you remove any unnecessary information and edit any mistakes. Then it’s time to generate your report.

What can you actually do with this data?

Quite a lot actually. This data represents a collective perspective on what’s important when hiring. If diversity is important to you, then this method is the most diverse way of finding the right information upon which to tailor your recruitment efforts. Be that in job descriptions, job adverts, interview questions, or online assessments. These insights should form the basis for who gets hired and how. Big, right?

Hopefully, you can use Signal to validate your own assumptions, challenge bad assumptions, and learn about aspects of the jobs you recruit that you might not have considered. 

This list doesn’t match my hiring criteria!

GOOD. Sorry, that’s a little flippant. Ultimately, we hope there’s something new and unexpected in this data. Otherwise, what’s the point? The goal of Signal is to help you see what’s really important to the people doing the job. How you use that information is up to you.

I’d like to challenge you, dear reader, on one point. We have a bad habit of thinking of the “perfect candidate” as a single, small set of characteristics that the hiring manager requires. But in reality, there is a reasonable variance of what works in any role, not a single template. That variance is best captured by trusting your role experts to tell you what’s important to them. 

As a former recruiter and co-founder at ThriveMap, I have the privilege of working on multiple parts of our product, but this project is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and is near and dear to me. I’d like to personally thank our Product team — Mark and Kieran — for all of their hard work, leadership, and pushback to make this product better. 

Getting started with Signal

Signal is currently available in beta and free to use.

Click here to try Signal


I’d love your feedback — please contact me directly on email or via LinkedIn if you have any specific comments or questions.

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