#TechHubTuesday Demo Night

#TechHubTuesday is all about showing the tech community at Google Campus what you’ve been working on and getting some feedback on it. A perfect opportunity, we thought, to polish up our Jobshape demonstration and to see whether people can get on board with the hiring values we are so passion about.

We opted to do a live demonstration, where there is always a risk it could go wrong or that you lose internet connection, the safer option would be to present through a series of slides and screenshots. But as it was *demo* night we put our product out there and did a demo, taking the opportunity to show people how Jobshape works in practice, that it does in fact work, and get feedback on the process.

We took everyone through the a-z on how Jobshape aids data driven hiring decisions: company creates a new role they are looking to hire for; the hiring manager is quizzed on the preferred behaviours the candidate should demonstrate; Jobshape creates measurable criteria to measure candidates against; Candidates take a test and Jobshape ranks them in order of role fit; Candidates are put into a hypothetical team with existing members to explore team dynamics; and candidates are viewed in order of team fit.

Trevor cheerfully holding in the nerves as he prepares to demo

The audience was invited to contribute digital feedback via the polling app app.sli.do where they could vote: ‘I don’t understand the product’, ‘I like the idea’, ‘I would use the product’, or ‘I am interested in investing’. The poll results at the end were positive, with over 60% of the audience indicating they would use the product, the highest of the night.

The main questions people wanted to know the answers to were:

  • Had we heard of -company name- who is doing a similar thing?
  • What if the type of candidate a company thinks they want is different to the type of candidate they actually want?
  • How long and extensive is our psychometric assessment?
  • How has the product been tested and validated?

Asking businesses whether they are aware of other companies doing the same thing is always a question that gets put to startups – for a good reason – it goes without saying the importance of being aware of what your competitors are doing. However, having competitors isn’t necessarily a bad thing with startups, it validates the need for what you are doing. There may be a variety of hiring tools available, but each will have their own unique merits.

Innovation always comes in waves: the search engine wave, the food delivery app wave, now the digital assistant wave. This is probably due to a series of social and technological developments leading up to a number of independent groups recognising the need and opportunity to innovate and develop something new.

People were also keen to know the evidence for the science. With this kind of product where the premise is based in science validation is essential, users need to know what data we are basing our facts on. The science is based on the widely accepted theories – including the Big 5, Jungian personality types, and team role preferences – and our assessment has been validated with the data of thousands of users. Plus, if this counts for anything, I am living evidence for the success of the product!

#TechHubTuesday was not just about us. We also managed to give feedback and learn about what loads of other cool startups were working on. After Cross was in digital business cards, GoSweat – the number 1 place for booking exercise classes, Teamo the app that gives sports teams their own personal app for communication, Parkbee making private car parks accessible to the public, Wine picker the app that helps you pick a wine to go with your dinner at specific restaurants, and Wemonty the digital personal care assistant.

Our founder Norbert was particularly impressed by Rank, the social mobile game. He believed there is much to be learnt from a playful approach to product design from a company perspective as we get ready to launch Jobshape into the market.

Rank was a social game and the idea stemmed from a game the founder used to play with his friends.The principles of the game were simple, your friends vote you up or down in the rank based on how much you appease them. This seemed like a dystopian idea that could take off in a big way to me.

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