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Recruiting Startup of the Year Nominee: ROIKOI

ROIKOI the hiring software company wants to make it easier for companies to recruit a diverse workforce. Because, as we all know, when it comes to getting hired, the playing field is not level. Vote here!

Meet the companies vying for the title of Recruiting Startup Of The Year (RSOTY) at Hiring Success 18, in San Francisco, March 12-14. Register here! Your vote determines which six are flying to California to pitch their ideas to 1000+ Talent Acquisition leaders and puts them in the running for the grand prize.

One of these six will be selected by a group of C-Suite experts and industry analysts for the ultimate prize of a Gold Sponsorship to Hiring Success 19, worth $10,000, which includes a branded booth and dedicated demo-room for potential customers to interact with their product.

We talk to CRO of ROIKOI, Houston Perry who joined the company in 2016 from a personal conviction that everyone can do better when it comes to diversity, about why their solution deserves your vote for RSOTY.

What’s your company’s elevator pitch?

ROIKOI is the most efficient and inclusive hiring software on the market. We surface candidates who are diverse and pre-screened for talent, fit, and likelihood to join a company. Our average customer only has to contact 25 passive candidates to find the right new hire, saving them around $10,000 per recruit, and most notably, increasing employee diversity within their organization.

What gave you the idea for your startup?

Our founders are from Austin, and we started asking the question ‘Why is it easier to find out which restaurant has the best tacos than it is to identify the best people to hire?’ We sought to fix that and create a more efficient and fair hiring system.

How do you envision your idea changing the talent acquisition landscape?

We want to make it easier for organizations to build a more inclusive pipeline of candidates. This leads to more diverse teams, which leads to improved company culture and economic outcomes. On average, our process delivers a pipeline of technical candidates that is 60% female and 70% non-white.

What does ‘hiring success’ mean to you?

To us, ‘hiring success’ means using your organization’s resources more effectively to identify and attract a diverse workforce.

What is your favorite interview question and why?

My favorite interview question is: “Do you have any questions for us?” It gives the candidate an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and passion for the company they want to join.

What’s the role of technology in hiring?

Technology allows companies to become more efficient in how they hire, saving time and money, as well as promote a diverse workforce by mitigating the bias that exists when humans run a hiring funnel.

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