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Hiring in higher education

Your best people are the ones who can thrive and support each other in diverse, ever-changing environments.

It’s why we make it our business to help you look beyond qualifications, so you can hire for soft skills too.

Whether you’re a state university, college, community college, education system, private institution, for-profit or online university, we’ll give you all the tools you need to source, hire and retain exactly the right people.

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Hours of time saved on reference checking and hiring

Online, automated reference-checking and hiring takes much less time than the phone-based, offline alternative or waiting for traditional letters of recomendation. It means your recruiters get a better experience, while you gain time back for the more important things like onboarding, engaging and retaining new hires.

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Smarter questions, better answers

Going digital with us means you’ll get access to a huge library of scientifically-validated, behavior-based surveys, spanning disciplines like faculty, administrative, executive, engineering, IT and staff roles.

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Access to higher-performing candidates

You need candidates with enough soft skills to thrive in today’s unpredictable higher-education environment. That means people who are sensitive to the social issues playing out on campuses today like sexual harassment and political polarization. People who can communicate effectively with all constituents, and manage complex challenges. All of these are soft skills that are near-impossible to predict with traditional reference-checking methods.

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More powerful teams

With digital, data-driven reports and interview guides, you’ll be able to arm your hiring and selection teams with comprehensive, high-quality data. It means your teams will make much smarter hiring decisions, thanks to better, broader understandings of your candidates.

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A bigger, stronger talent pipeline

Adding SkillSurvey Source® means you’ll get access to tools that put your brand front and center, so you’re heaps more effective in inviting potential candidates to join your talent pool – and better at keeping them engaged.

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Low risk. Consistent compliance

Our survey library keeps all reference-checks uniform for each role, so each and every candidate is treated the same way, and there’s a single, secure, cloud-native paper trail for record-keeping and auditing. It means you avoid the bias that usually comes with scripted, traditional letters of reference.

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Learn more about how Clemson University cut weeks from its hiring lead time to get an edge over the competition.

Discover how Mott Community College is using candid reference feedback to make the right hires with SkillSurvey Reference.

See how UCCS is improving faculty hiring and identifying great candidates who will thrive in a diverse environment.
Josh Brown

Talent Acquisition Manager, Clemson University


“The 2 worst performing industries in terms of time-to-hire are higher ed and government. We were living in that reality before using SkillSurvey. Now we receive 360-degree feedback from 4 references per candidate in a day and a half. The turnaround time is amazing. It’s a time saver for everyone–the hiring manager, the committee members, the candidates, and HR.”

Wendy Dodson

Director of HR, Sandhills Community College


sandhills cc“We don’t have a large HR budget. The cost per reference is ridiculously low.”

Christy Blessing

Employment Manager, Moraine Park Tech College


moraine park“I recently had 11 faculty positions to fill in 2 weeks. There’s no way I could have completed traditional phone reference calls and met my deadline! SkillSurvey Reference has really reduced our “time-to-hire”.

Venkat Reddy, Ph.D.

Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs


University of Colorado: Valued SkillSurvey Customer“We use SkillSurvey Reference because if you can’t hire right, you can’t build a successful organization. And at the end of the day, it’s not the buildings, it’s not the computers, it’s the people.”

Theresa Holland

Manager Talent Acquisition, Babson College 


Babson: Valued SkillSurvey Customer

“The detail in the surveys made our decision to use SkillSurvey easy. The surveys are position-specific. Each job at our institution has unique competencies and behaviors that are required, and the key to collecting valuable and predictive performance feedback on a candidate is to be able to conduct job-specific assessments.”

Josh Brown

Talent Acquisition Manager, Clemson University


clemson logo“Prior to using SkillSurvey, hiring departments contacted references after the interviews as a final validation of a decision already made. Now we conduct the pre-hire assessment PRIOR to interviews, so we’re able to eliminate candidates when needed. Now we have WAY more information on each candidate prior to the interview, and hiring committees also have suggested interview questions. This new process helps us make better hiring decisions and keeps our managers from making costly mistakes.”

SkillSurvey is the only online reference solution to be patented and to have its research scientifically validated and published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

SkillSurvey is now partnering with NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition, on a pilot project that enables career services centers to measure and assess students’ ‘career readiness’ in work-related behaviors.