A recent article in the Indianapolis Star highlighted the basketball gym in Laurel. It was the home of the Laurel Panthers basketball team until 1989 when they consolidated with Brookville and Whitewater to form Franklin County High School. It is a typical gym from the 50’s and 60’s. I know it had less than 10 rows of seats which reminds me of the Oldenburg Academy gym, except Laurel had a stage on one end. Most small schools of that era had a stage on one end or the other of their high school gym. I remember it well from my days at Whitewater because they were a County rival and member of our conference.In a town of 500, it is now a Community Center. In these small communities the gym was the center of activity when there was a high school. Today it still serves as a center of activity for Laurel. Kudos to those who worked hard to preserve it!
Dragons’ Den star and author Peter Casey has launched an Irish-based online interviewing company in Donegal which he claims will lead change in the future of the recruiting sector.Peter CaseyOnline Interview is an online hiring system that allows companies a flexible solution to create and record live or automated video interviews using immediate candidate responses to important questions.While Online Interview (www.onlineinterview.ie) will operate worldwide, the company will be based in Buncrana, with offices in Dublin, and hopes to be employing ten people by the end of the year. Pre-sales support operations are currently based in Chicago and will be handled in Donegal in the next few months.Mr Casey, who made his fortune in executive recruiting, predicts a year one turnover of €1m for Online Interview, rising to €3m at the end of year two.“Online Interviews will be the most disruptive tool in recruiting and training since the introduction of the internet,” said Mr Casey, who has partnered with Managing Director Elton Hysa in the new company which was launched with a live webinar from Chicago in Dublin this week.“This technology is going to completely change the way that recruiting and training is going forward,” said Mr Casey. “It is built with the reality of recruiting in mind and it allows the client to better sell their company to the candidate and vice versa.“Interviews can be two-way or one-way – or we can have a number of different hiring managers online at the one time.“It is also user friendly for the applicant, allowing them to re-record answers to a specific question a number of times until they are happy.“Candidates don’t necessarily need to take off work to record and submit their answers. They can do it from the comfort of their home and therefore eliminate any travel time.“I describe this system as being like Skype with steroids. Its beauty is that you can pre-programme questions and answers, follow up with up to ten hiring manager and allow them to give feedback to candidates. “The system is compatible with all existing Applicant Tracking Systems and is also invaluable as a sales and training tool for companies currently using it in Australia and Tokyo.“It is completely customisable and companies are already finding advantages in uploading training and promotional material for potential candidates and existing staff.“We developed this technology 12 years ago using Cold Fusion and Sql, but the issue was that the files were massive and people had to go out of their way to do it.“Cloud-based technology has now caught up and the stage is set for us to integrate with some of the world’s best recruiters. “It is a more customised, flexible, unlimited and affordable patented product than anything else that is out there.“We have a lot of clients that are currently using it, which has been a huge plus to our development from the start.”DRAGONS’ DEN STAR LAUNCHES ONLINE RECRUITING COMPANY IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:online recruitingPeter Casey