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Published January 20, 2004
Volume 12, Number 1



Pyramid Takes the Guesswork Out of Screening Job Applicants
Software and Service Combine to Lighten the Burden on Human Resources Staffs

Pyramid Screening Technologies
Steve Ganesh, CEO and founder of Pyramid Screening Technology,
enjoys the view from his Hacienda office.



By George Walsh
Special to NETWORK



Finding the right person for any given job can be a daunting task—regardless of the number of applicants. In many cases, the more people that apply for a position, the more difficult the screening process can get. Pyramid Screening Technology, which moved into its location at 5994 W. Las Positas Blvd. in July 2003, offers products and services that may help you find the exact employee you’re looking for to fill your needs.

Pyramid Screening Technology Inc. was formed in 2003 as a result of merging ACT Recruiting, a Bay Area staffing firm since 1995, and TekGriller, a software company dedicated to developing online screening technology. Whether you’re interested in purchasing the TekScreener application for your company’s private use or prefer to use Pyramid’s applicant screening services, the company believes it can help you achieve your hiring goals in a fraction of the time it would take using other services or methodologies.

“We have developed what is considered the leading edge technology in the screening of applicants via online interviews,” says Steve Ganesh, CEO and founder of Pyramid Screening Technology. “The main thing that we do is to solve the resume overload problem. If you post one position, you could get 300 applicants. The whole idea is that it could take you a week to find your top five candidates for interviews, whereas with our technology, you can do it in under an hour.”

Every applicant is screened based on a web-based online interview that a company’s hiring manager and a Pyramid specialist develop and approve. The screening software itself can either be run on-site, if the organization has the computing resources, or using Pyramid’s own data center. According to Ganesh, a Fortune 500 company that purchased the product for use by 15 of its own recruiters has reduced the initial applicant screening time from 11 minutes to under two minutes within one year, and expects the process to increase in speed as the recruiters themselves gain more knowledge of the application and a more refined library of interview questions is developed for the positions they are trying to fill.

In addition to selling the screening software to companies, Pyramid is also a service organization for companies who want to outsource their staffing needs. “We’ve become a dedicated recruiter. Instead of hiring a traditional recruiter, a company can come to us and use us on demand—which can be especially cost effective for small to mid-sized companies. For as low as $1,500, we can provide you with the top applicants for the position you’re trying to fill,” Ganesh says. “This can be a tremendously helpful for small companies that have perhaps one or two HR people doing everything from payroll to interviewing.”

Pyramid has also developed a similar tool in the eProcurement sector called the RFX Screener, a web-based tool that manages the entire request for proposal (RFP) process and automatically identifies the top suppliers bidding on to provide goods or services. With this technology, Pyramid thinks that buyers can increase their supplier base, driving pricing competition, increasing productivity, and realizing cost savings. All told, with its staffing and RFP screening technologies, Pyramid’s is technology brings some powerful tools to business.

 

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