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ApplicantPro – A New Vendor Helps You Hire Better People More Efficiently

Jul 14, 2016

ApplicantPro – A New Vendor Helps You Hire Better People More Efficiently

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Just ask 1-800-SWEEPER general manager Gregg Blair about the most frequently heard challenges to growing a sweeping service business and one of the top issues cited will be: “hiring and retaining good sweeper truck operators.” Soon, we will be showing you a preview of some awesome software in development to allow for virtual driver training. But right now, it is our pleasure to introduce ApplicantPro.

1-800-SWEEPER recently teamed up with the HR professionals at ApplicantPro to develop a complete profile of the most desired personality traits of day/utility and night/parking lot sweeper operators. Based on this profile, ApplicantPro offers 1-800-SWEEPER partners a seamless solution for locating, screening and testing job applicants. In addition to posting help wanted ads in multiple high-value locations, ApplicantPro provides pre-testing and qualification screening as candidates respond to ads.

Before you as a manager ever speak with candidates their test results are shared with managers and owners via private access portals tied to individual company sites.

For years, higher than desired employee turnover rates have plagued the power sweeping industry. Owners and managers alike often struggle to define just what traits make the perfect employee for specific jobs within the sweeping industry. Many previously unanswered questions impede the hiring process: Does an introvert make a better night operator? Should day operators exclusively be more extroverted? How important are traits such as independence and self-motivation to the ideal candidate for the job?

The assessment created in partnership between ApplicantPro and 1-800-SWEEPER works to your advantage because we developed separate profiles of the most desired personality traits of employees who operate sweeping equipment as either daytime / utility or nighttime / parking lot sweepers. To compile statistics, several 1-800-SWEEPER partners tested current employees. The initial testing went so far as to test former employees to reveal traits common to successful and unsuccessful hires.

A total of 23 personality traits in over 70 sweeping company employees were assessed and analyzed by the ApplicantPro Assessments team. Traits include: optimism, helping disposition, assertiveness, energy, cognitive ability, safety, and even substance abuse attitudes. The tested traits and assessments used are based on over 10,000 highly detailed psychological studies scientifically respected and used by Fortune 500 companies. Every aspect of these tests and studies are legal, and are in compliance with US labor, privacy, and civil rights laws. For those concerned about job applicants “cheating” on the test – ApplicantPro has identified a number of candid checks built into this testing to ensure that the testing is not easily gamed or exploited into giving false results.

Smarter hiring practices and hiring better employees results in improved productivity and jobsite safety with lower costs for training, all due to a lower employee turnover rate.

With better driver / operator hiring by utilizing the ApplicantPro comprehensive online recruiting, screening and pre-employment profile testing tools, 1-800-SWEEPER partner companies will undoubtedly save money and gain a competitive advantage.  To learn more about all the advantages, contact Gregg Blair today.