Celebrity-focused staffing agency implements video interviewing for Personal Assistants

Job-seekers can interview immediately for positions with high-profile celebrities from their computer or smartphone.
By: Celebrity Personal Assistants, Inc
LOS ANGELES - Aug. 4, 2014 - PRLog -- Celebrity Personal Assistants, Inc. (CPAI) is shaking up the recruiting industry once again with the availability of “Interview Now” an option on their web-site allowing applicants to immediately interview for open positions.  The agency is using SparkHire’s recordable video technology software for this solution. Applicants can interview from their computer or any iOS or Android device including smartphones and tablets.

“Video interviewing is the future, with nearly 60% of North American companies currently using it in their recruiting process,” said Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, a business psychologist and the CEO of Celebrity Personal Assistants, Inc.

“The adoption of this innovative technology has been reserved for large enterprise companies with even larger budgets.  It is rare to see a small boutique firm like ours – serving a very unique market – to leverage technology in this way. The video interviewing platform allows our agency’s recruiters to quickly identify and engage with the most suitable candidates for existing vacancies.”

CPAI is no stranger to technology. Founded in 1999 the agency conducts nationwide searches to recruit the perfect business savvy professionals to aide celebrities, professional athletes and other high-profile individuals in their lifestyle management needs. Several years ago the agency provided a technology-based concierge management solution to the National Football League’s Players Association (NFLPA); and they have offered online training classes to aspiring personal assistants for over a decade.  Known in "entertainment circles around the world" as the Staffing Agency to the Stars, CPAI has found a unique, first-of-its-kind niche in the staffing industry.

“We receive hundreds of applications for each job that we post, said Tiffani Johnson, Director of Recruiting.   “To remain competitive and to respond to the needs of our clients it is critical for us to continuously increase our productivity.”

“It’s impossible for us to contact everyone that applies for a position.  Our recruiters can’t be stuck going through hundreds of resumes and phone screens in the search for talent. This technology really increases our productivity and offers us the ability to eliminate the initial phone screen. We can now watch the candidates’ interviews and then contact the individuals that we want to present to our clients.”

The video interviewing process is simple:

1.      Applicants visit www.celebritypersonalassistants.com

2.      Click on “Find a Job” and then “Interview Now”

3.      Register for the video interviewing platform

4.      If using a computer -  verify that their web-cam and microphone will work with the system

Applicants are encouraged to record their interviews at a time when they are dressed professionally and have no distractions. With SparkHire’s recording technology CPAI can also share the one-way video interviews with their clients.  There is also a live-interview option.  The technology’s features allows CPAI to rank the interviews, add notes and save each candidate’s interviews for future opportunities.

“Furthermore, by utilizing video interviews we can build a long-term sustainable pipeline of qualified candidates.  Just because a candidate is not a fit for one client, it doesn’t mean that we will discard their interview.  They may be suitable for another opening and having access to hundreds of saved interviews is an amazing feature,” Johnson concluded.

About Celebrity Personal Assistants: Since 1999 CPAI has conducted nationwide searches to recruit professional, business-savvy personal assistants for high-profile clients.   Known as the Staffing Agency to the Stars, the agency has found a unique, first-of-its-kind niche in the staffing industry. CPAI also offers online training courses and certifications for current and aspiring personal assistants - http://www.celebritypersonalassistants.com - Facebook/CPAIStaffing - Twitter @Celebrity_PA

Rhiana Harris, PR Coordinator
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