Cargill and Checkster CEO to present at Taleo World Conference

Mill Valley, Calif. / Sep 8, 2011 — Cheri Hanson from Cargill the international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services employing 131,000 people in 66 countries will present with Yves Lermusi, chief executive officer of Checkster at the Taleo World user conference in San Francisco, California.

The presentation, “Social Assessment: The New Pathway to Quality of Hire,” will describe how Cargill has been transforming the inefficient and ineffective telephone reference checking process into an innovative method, often called Reference Check 2.0 or Social Assessment. Borrowing from the collective intelligence – proven decision science, as demonstrated by Google, Yelp or TripAdvisor, this presentation applies that science to talent assessment for better results and reduced costs.

Focused around the Cargill case study, Hanson and Lermusi will showcase how organizations can increase accuracy in their hiring practices while still showing positive ROI by leveraging the wisdom of the crowd.
But most interestingly, it will show how organizations can scale this practice for all your new hires. These new online social assessments leverage online behaviors like social networking and collective online rating technologies. Through these new online venues, old reference checks have been reborn into social peer rating. This presentation demonstrates how to gain new and invaluable insights on applicants—with minimal effort—and how social assessment can transform relationships with hiring managers, make talent acquisition departments or staffing firms become more strategic and source better for passive job seekers.

“As a Taleo certified partner, we are delighted to be presenting at Taleo World, with distinguished speakers like Condoleezza Rice, Geoff Colvin from Fortune Magazine and Sharon L. Allen, Chairman of the Board of Deloitte,” said Lermusi. “We look forward to provide the attendees with an innovative case study that will inspire them to look into new venues to improve their talent selection practices.”

About Checkster
Checkster is the leading Talent Assessment vendor leveraging Collective Intelligence. It provides organizations with cloud computing solutions to recognize and grow talent, with the help of colleagues’ feedback. Checkster’s products range from reference checkup to 360 feedback tools: The Reference Check 2.0 process, which assesses talent pre-hire by upgrading the traditional telephone reference check, to the new process of 360 Checkup, which provides developmental feedback to employees.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Checkster’s products are used by many Fortune 500 companies and providers of HR services. The company aims to improve the world’s productivity and harmony by increasing job fit and work achievement, as well as personal career satisfaction and fulfillment. Checkster leverages the latest technologies to offer its customers and candidates a unique, seamless experience for the ultimate impact.

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