With our latest release, we’ve worked hard to understand hiring managers, their daily routines, and pain-points. Working closely with our customers, we’ve released something that I think will really improve the lives of people managers in the hourly workspace.
Kayla gets up every day around 6:30 to get ready for work. Maybe some days she’ll get up at 5:30 to go for an early morning run, logging some miles on Strava or Runkeeper. She’s noticed in the past few weeks, ever since she was promoted to a manager position at a nearby retail store, that she has less and less time for getting in a morning run.
However, that doesn’t mean she’s not constantly “running around”, at least figuratively, during her day to day. Between keeping track of promotional rollouts of new seasonal lines placed in primary spaces within the store, managing malfunctioning POS units, checking on the back of house to make sure new stock is accounted for and dead stock is being sent to appropriate outlet stores, she probably walks about 3 miles a day. Oh, and Mike hasn’t shown up again. This is the third time this month, so she’ll have to deal with that, too.
Also, since it’s summer, holiday hiring season is looming on the horizon. This is when retailers aggressively swell their ranks across all of their operations–warehouses, distribution centers, shipping centers, support centers, retail stores, and more. According to the National Retail Federation, retailers hired between 700,000–750,000 employees last holiday season. This season will be no different, and Kayla is on the front line of making sure her store hits their goals across multiple sales metrics. Not only that, but she needs to hire people who align to their store’s brand, are personable, reliable, and friendly.
Last year, when Kayla joined the store as an associate, she had to bring her résumé into the store after her first visit with the hiring manager. After that, she returned for an interview a few days later, but the hiring manager lost her paper resume (something about possibly “accidentally recycling it”). While the interview went well, she still had re-fill out all of her information on the company’s web site using the old Compaq Presario in the back office.
Fast forward one year, and she’s now sitting in the manager’s chair. The Compaq Presario is still there, but since she worked with her regional manager to get Apploi rolled out to 100 stores, she now has access to Apploi for Hiring Managers on her smartphone. Kayla can now view applicants to her jobs while she’s running around the store. If she has some downtime during lunch, she can pull up applicants, view their submissions (including video applications), rate, add notes, and archive applicants on her own time using her smartphone–a device she looks at around 50–60 times per day.
With Apploi’s user-centered design and product strategies, we have created a first-in-its class product for hiring managers. We have a chance to talk to our customers nearly every day, and we were fortunate enough to pilot this product with some of our existing clients.
If you are a user of the Apploi enterprise product, head to the iTunes app store today (Android coming very, very soon) and check out Apploi for Hiring Managers. You will be able to log in using your existing credentials. If you can’t remember your Apploi login just click here to reset it. If you have new jobs to manage, post them here! There is a plan for everyone.