Next cubicle is an online job portal with a simple yet effective difference. Unlike other traditional and generic sites, it is a domain specific platform and is not based on general keyword search.
You go to a lot of portals where you upload your resumes. The job site then recommends you a thousand of jobs, which are often irrelevant to you. For a simpler and clutter-free hiring process, NextCubicle asks certain questions to candidates which describes their proficiency and based on that they shortlist the jobs with scores that is most preferable for the candidates. It’s like a person has to create a profile and NextCubicle suggests the right kind of jobs with scores.
The idea is similar for employers. Recruiters when look for candidates, spend a lot of time in the screening process. So NextCubicle tries to automate that and provides candidates with scores. It claims to simplify and automate the short listing process to boost productivity of recruiters and enhance career progression for job seekers.
Dhruv Patel, the man behind this startup shared some more information about this new tech-centred job portal, here it is for you:
What inspired you to start NextCubicle?
I was working with Zycus Infotech and they were into procurement. We used to hire people every weekend to increase the size of team members. At that point of time, I noticed that the entire process was very time consuming which even affected productivity and many times people even end up selecting the wrong candidates. For example, consider I’m a designing manager and I’m looking for a designer. I go to my HR recruiter and I tell her that I need an appropriate designer for my company. Although she doesn’t know the designing field very well, I’m still relying on her that she will go in the market, scan candidates and send me some relevant resumes which I have to go through again and cycle goes on. Recruiters support multiple openings from multiple departments and it becomes very difficult to understand every role in detail. Current keyword based search engines are insufficient to help recruiters to solve their real problem and we end up wasting our time and energy.
How does it differentiate from other online recruiting portals?
We have created a platform where recruiters can invite a manager to provide the requirement which is in the form of certain questions and answers which we are preparing. We already understand the domain and we tell the managers to tell us about their preferences. Our team of domain experts and recruitment specialists work on building intelligence to help you find Best Fit matches. Our Best Fit Scoring is a specialised matching engine that compares job requirements with the job seeker’s profile and with the help of domain intelligence and recruiter preferences, we generate a compatibility score.
How have you sustained your business?
We are a self-funded business as of now but we are looking forward to raising some funds.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced or are still facing?
I think finding a co-founder has been a major challenge. To sustain your business, you need all pillars of your business to be strong. Being from a technical background, I still face certain problems and challenges in business development, sales and other stuffs. We keep meeting people and try to overcome all the hurdles.
Has NextCubicle got the feedback and growth you expected since launch?
Since the last one month, we’ve tried to reach people and we’ve got some valuable feedback where people have told us what challenges we might face and how we can scale up our business.
What more do you wish to include to take it to the next level?
We are trying to make it more personalized and communicate to the customers why we have developed such a platform. We have developed this platform to make the entire selection process a complete hassle-free experience. As of now, our platform is not open to everyone and we are supporting only a few roles.
What one piece of advice would you like to give to give to soon to be startup founders?
I have some imperative advice for technical people. It doesn’t matter if you are alone or you are working with a team, start thinking what you will need after 2 months. People are so engrossed in building the product that the sales aspect is often ignored. One should be clear with the strategies that will be followed once the product is ready. Make some 4-5 parallel tracks and try progressing each of them.
We hope Next Cubicle will let us heave a sigh of relief in the future and our inbox won’t be deluged by irrelevant job suggestions by traditional recruiting platforms. Here’s wishing them good luck and we hope they make their mark soon!
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