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SkillSurvey Introduces Online Reference Solution at EDUCAUSE Connect Conference

Wayne, PA – April 22, 2015 – SkillSurvey, the leading provider of hiring solutions that address critical points in the talent lifecycle, and the premiere provider of on-line automated reference checking will showcase how its Pre-Hire 360® solution helps educational institutions obtain data-driven insight on a job candidate’s soft skills – one of the top hiring issues identified by IT leaders – at EDUCAUSE Connect San Antonio (April 22-24, 2015).

“Colleges must be able to quickly identify candidates who can build bridges between IT and the rest of the institution; they need candidates who don’t just adapt to change, but are able to lead and drive innovation  as the situation demands.” said Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey.  “Colleges and universities are turning to SkillSurvey ’s Pre-Hire 360 to deliver the data-driven insight on the soft skills that are critical for success in today’s higher education IT environment.”

A recent study of more than 2,000 IT professionals by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) found that soft skills are rated by chief information officers, managers, and staff alike as being the most important skills for success. The findings also show that although technical proficiency is important, it is not as important as the ability to communicate effectively.  Other competencies that were ranked as being important by the study included strategic thinking and planning, the ability to influence others and manage relationships and staff.

Pre-Hire 360® is based on best practices in competency modeling, statistical validation and input from customers. There are more than 350 job-specific surveys available that help our customers obtain confidential feedback from references on the competencies and behaviors including critical soft skills that typically lead to success in a given role.

Pre-Hire 360® allows hiring managers to evaluate a candidate’s past performance based on answers to survey questions provided by prior managers, co-workers and direct reports.

Once the candidate enters their references, the references are sent a link to complete an online confidential and job specific survey. On average 85% of references respond, with more than four references per candidate providing responses. With Pre-Hire 360, references respond in 1 to 2 business days. In addition to providing valuable reference feedback, Pre-Hire 360 streamlines the hiring process, dramatically reducing reference checking times.

Pre-Hire 360 surveys are available for positions all across campus, including:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Dean
  • Admissions Officer
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Campus Public Safety Officer
  • Career Counselor
  • Computer Programmer
  • Configuration Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Director of Development/ Alumni Relations
  • Faculty – Adjunct, Online, & Regular
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Helpdesk Support
  • IT Project Manager
  • Instructional Designer
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Registrar
  • Residence Hall Director
  • System Administrator

About SkillSurvey®

SkillSurvey provides cloud-based solutions to help human capital management professionals manage critical points in the talent lifecycle using data and insight to more effectively recruit, hire and manage employees to drive business results. The company’s flagship solution, Pre-Hire 360®, is an award-winning, patented technology that utilizes a unique combination of behavioral science and talent analytics. SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360 reference solution is scientifically proven to provide data that can be used to drive more informed hiring decisions based upon feedback provided by references on a candidate’s past job performance and an extension of Pre-Hire 360 offers a passive sourcing solution. The company also offers Credential 360®, a unique solution that helps hospitals and healthcare organizations improve revenue and get top-notch practitioners providing patient care more quickly by expediting the professional credential verification process. SkillSurvey’s cloud-based software products are being used by 1,400 companies, institutions and organizations. Visit SkillSurvey at, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

SkillSurvey®, Credential 360® and Pre-Hire 360® are registered trademarks of SkillSurvey Inc. or its affiliates and are registered in the U.S. and other countries.

SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360® is a patented solution. For more information see

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