As we have witnessed in the past, an economic downturn caused by a major event or otherwise can be hard on individuals. With pay-cuts and job losses, people struggle to make ends meet. In such unprecedented times, finding the right job is crucial, and most individuals depend on referrals and job portals to find a position that suits them best.
However, what if there is a platform that can help companies to identify the right talent for the job by outsourcing its technical interviews, and also help freelancers by giving them a push into the gig economy?
Bengaluru startup FloCareer helps with this by bridging the gap between employers and employees. Established in early 2016, co-founders Mehul Bhatt and Mohit Jain are helping in bringing the job community together.
Friends and neighboursMehul and Mohit used to work in the IT sector for over 15 years before they decided to start-up. The seeds for the startup germinated from their casual conversations about bringing the corporate and the gig economy together.
“Our dream is to create FloCareeras a platform that connects a community of job aspirants, skill assessors, and job creators,” says Mehul Bhatt, Co-founder, FloCareer.
FloCareer offers Interviews-as-a-Service, remote hiring, automated BOT-based systems, and applicant tracking systems to its clientele. It has experts that help screen potential candidates for a particular job. However, this is where FloCareer differentiates itself. The startup’s platform enables corporate teams to focus on their core deliverables such as team development, rather than screening individuals.
When a company gives a requirement to FloCareer, the startup brings its experts to review candidates and then conducts video interviews. Once the first screening is over, the platform automates the scheduling of interviews with the right people in the company that wants to hire the talent.
FloCareer ensures that the applicants on its platform are regularly tracked, and eventually placed. It also claims to provide 100 percent transparency to its customers – starting from the selection process to the final placement.
“Most of the interviews we do are in Information Technology and Computer Science domain, as of today,” says Mohit, Co-founder, FloCareer.
The Bengaluru-headquartered startup currently has over 700 handpicked freelance interviewers who take technical rounds of interviews on behalf of the hiring company, using its SaaS-based video interview platform, which is part of the FloCareer stack. In the last 18 months, it has conducted over 25,000 interviews.
The founders believe that there are two key reasons why HRs should opt and continue to use FloCareer’s Interview-as-a-Service solutions – one, it offers a cost-saving service, and second, it provides a faster hiring process.
“Our initial set of clients were majorly startups where, either they did not have technical people to interview, or they didn’t have time to interview. Our first major client was Wipro Digital which we got through a cold email campaign. The vendor onboarding and payment were long, but it was all the worth since we have matured our product with them,” Mehul says.
FloCareer, which operates on a subscription-based business model, declined to reveal its revenue and pricing numbers. However, it had raised around Rs 3 crore through an angel round in 2018 from an undisclosed set of investors, the co-founders say.
Challenges and future plans
Detailing the challenges FloCareer faces, the co-founders say that the startup spends a considerable amount of time to convince the HROs the need to outsource the interviews and reduce their hiring time. They also have to explain to them that FloCareer is a tech-based startup that matches the specific needs of the clients by having the right talent outsourced.
“We basically work on the profiles provided by clients which include eliminating fake CVs, scheduling the interview (video interview), and providing feedback to the clients. This way, the HRs can straight away hire the candidate by reducing their time, as well as money spent on interviews. Our model for clients is a subscription-based and per interview, which is levied as per the number of interviews conducted,” says Mohit.
In the next 18 months, the startup plans to strengthen its clientele base in IT/ITES, financial/banking, and healthcare sectors in countries like the US, the UK, Australia, the Middle East, and the APAC region.
So far, it has helped companies and startups like Wipro, CRISIL, CitiusTech, Tencent, Rapido, Vision Net, ANSR, BYJU’s, Bigbasket, CSS Corp, and Happiest Minds, in finding the right candidate suitable for various jobs.
“Over time, we are planning to extend our B2C services, and hope we get into it down the line soon,” Mohit adds.
Moving forward, by the end of 2020, it is aiming to conduct 6,000+ interviews per month. At present, it competes with the likes of Talview, a US-based recruitment platform.
“Our value proposition is technology-driven interviews, enabling accelerated hiring for HR and distraction-free teams that help ramp-up the hiring,” Mehul concludes.
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Meghan and Harry are moving closer to their goal of financial independence, with the Duchess of Sussex set to take the stage for her first public speaking job since leaving the Royal Family.
Meghan is appearing as the special guest speaker at a summit for the Girl Up campaign alongside an impressive lineup of famous faces, including former First Lady Michelle Obama.
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Girl Up has a presence in 120 countries and works to “empower women and inspire them to get involved in social change.”
“The present is female! But don’t take our word for it. Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!” read a tweet by the organisation.
Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter told Sunrise the event was “significant” as it is “setting the stage for the type of work Meghan is going to want to do moving forwards.”
“This is an opportunity to launch herself as a philanthropist and as an authority on this topic on this side of the atlantic,” she said.
“I think we’re going to see a lot more of this going forwards.”
It’s unknown whether the Duchess is being paid for the appearance, with rumours she is waiving a paycheck and using the gig as a platform to promote herself for a spot in the elite speakers stable.
Arbiter says Los Angeles based Harry and Meghan are in hot demand in the United States and could rake in mouth-watering amounts of cash.
“Let’s take an event in the future in which she could be paid… a number of experts in the field have said that individually Harry or Meghan could command upwards of $500,000 for an appearance,” Arbiter said.
“If they appear at something together, they could be looking at $1,000,000.”
“If Harry and Meghan want to maintain their lifestyle then they’re going to need to make some significant money moving forwards, and public speaking is the most lucrative way to do that.”
The frenzied NFL TV free-agency market continues to move as Fox Sports has signed All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen to be its future No. 2 NFL game analyst, The Post has learned.
The contract will make Olsen the partner for Kevin Burkhardt after Olsen retires from the NFL. Olsen, 35, was going to leave the game for Fox after last season, but a $7 million contract and a chance to play with Russell Wilson made him change his mind to go to Seattle.
Even after Olsen inked his deal with the Seahawks, Fox Sports executives continued to make a run at him for this season, but will have to settle for after he plays his final game.
If Olsen were to decide to continue playing after this year, Fox would wait for him, according to sources.
The move to think ahead is similar to what NBC has done with Drew Brees. The Post previously reported that Brees has a deal with the network after his retirement from the Saints to call Notre Dame games and work NBC’s Sunday night NFL studio show with the chance to one day succeed Cris Collinsworth in the booth.
In other big moves this offseason, Tony Romo re-signed with CBS for 10 years and $180 million in total value, while Fox’s former No. 2, Charles Davis, jumped to CBS to team with Ian Eagle on that network’s second game of each week. Davis replaced Dan Fouts, whom CBS chose not to re-sign.
For this year, the gap year between Davis’ departure and Olsen’s potential start, Fox has tapped Daryl (Moose) Johnston, a former No. 2 with the network, to be Burkhardt’s partner on its second game. Fox does have an extra playoff game this year. Johnston has been informed that Olsen is in the on-deck circle.
Johnston has been with the network since 2001. Last year, he worked with Chris Myers. Among others, Fox considered moving Brock Huard from the college game into the No. 2 slot, according to sources.
While Fox and NBC have made future plans, ESPN remains unsettled on what it will do for this year for its Monday Night booth as it waits to see if college football is played or not.
If there is no college football this fall, then the network would likely shift its National Championship-calling duo of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit to the NFL for this year.
If there are college games, then Herbstreit could be the analyst for ESPN’s top college game on Saturdays and the NFL on Mondays. This is not a done deal and ESPN is considering Louis Riddick, Brian Griese and Dan Orlovsky, as well.
Steve Levy is the leading candidate to be the play-by-player on “Monday Night Football” if Fowler is occupied with the college game.
All of the broadcasting moves have been made this year as the networks ramp up for the forthcoming negotiations with the NFL for the next TV rights. ESPN/Disney/ABC had its eyes on Romo to help gain traction for a Super Bowl run. It also tried to sign Brees before he opted for NBC.
Now, Olsen is off the board. He was impressive last year doing a Giants game. He also did his homework while teaming with Burkhardt on the XFL.
He will start out behind Troy Aikman on Fox’s depth chart. Aikman currently is the lead game analyst on Sundays and Thursday nights.
Olsen makes Fox more contemporary, which is important to NFL executives. He has shown he has potential to be very good.
Clicker Books: Papa Clicker weighs in on longtime Mets media relations whiz Jay Horwitz’s book, “Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers.” While Horwitz has done his PR thing, gaining a lot of publicity for his book, the Papa Clicker seal of approval is very important. Papa Clicker recommends it for Mets fans who want a trip through memory lane of Horowitz’s dream job. The book receives 4 out of 5 clickers.