TECHNOLOGY business Shortlister.com has secured a six-figure investment from entrepreneur Tim Whitworth, the co-founder and former chief executive of clothing chain Republic.
Shortlister.com, the brain child of Harrogate-born David Dewey, has developed recruitment software which simulates real life interviews.
Mr Dewey spent two years developing the concept into a functional online video interview platform and has now received a “significant” investment from Mr Whitworth, who has taken a minority equity stake in the business.
“We have developed the next generation of video interview software which simulates a real interview, making it engaging for candidates whilst also saving recruiters significant time and, therefore, costs in the initial selection stages,” said Mr Dewey.
“As well as providing an outstanding service and cost savings for recruiters, ensuring that the interview is a positive experience for the candidate is also central to our business model. For example, with Shortlister.com every single candidate is promptly notified as to whether or not they have been successful.”
The platform enables recruiters and employers to create branded interviews by transferring their scripted questions from text to speech.
Shortlister.com is working with a number of clients on the beta version of the platform prior to its full launch in January.
The firm is inviting businesses in the region to come forward and benefit from free use of the software during this beta phase.
Mr Dewey said: “We are keen for more businesses to be involved and help us make any last minute enhancements before we launch commercially in the New Year.”
Mr Whitworth, the co-founder and former chief executive of Republic, built the brand into a multi-channel fashion business with 125 stores as well as establishing an ecommerce platform before exiting the business in 2011.
The Sports World group – founded by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – bought Leeds-based Republic earlier this year after it went into administration, having being hit by sliding sales.
Mr Whitworth said: “I could immediately see the huge benefits offered by a professional online interviewing service.”