Whether HiRE is the right choice for your department depends on how much functionality you want, how big your recruiting campaign is, and how much tech support you have. The point of HiRE is to make econjobmarket.org application data as widely and easily available as possible.
- Does a small recriting campaign need hire?
If you expect fewer than 100 applications that will be reviewed by only 2 or 3 people, you don't need HiRE, you should just use the econjobmarket website directly to browse your applications. Large provincial universities can expect well over 500 applications for positions, so sophisticated processing probably makes more sense for them.
- Why not just use the econjobmarket.org website directly?
The main website will show you all your applications and allow you to sort them to some degree. You can give access to up to 5 managers. Econjobmarket itself was not designed to process applications since the designers hoped not to impact the market for application processing in any way. So there is no way to rate applications, or share comments.
Hire gives you rich sorting capabilities, for example, you can sort your applications according to answers to custom questions which is impossible on econjobmarket. You can create as many users on hire as you like. You can even give different access permissions to your recruiting committee and the rest of your faculty. On the econjobmarket website, you are limited to 5 users.
You can see much of the functionality of HiRE by looking at the short video tutorials available by following the Video link in the wiki.
- Where will the confidential recruiting data be stored?
Data is currently stored on servers at the University of British Columbia in Canada, on servers in Maryland, USA. Econjobmarket.org is a non-profit registered in California, USA. Econjobmarket fully complies with the GDRP data regulation that governs data use in the EU (at least as far as we currently understand the policy).
- Does HiRE offer any technical support?
Hire bundles the basic software application with support in setting up your econjobmarket recruiter account and ad. Ad creation has been vastly simplified on the new version of the econjobmarket website. The most important question at this point is what should go in a custom questionnaire. Hire will help you set up you ad in a way that makes it easiest to process your applications.
- Does HiRe use data for research?
HiRe doesn't directly do research with applicant or recruiter data, except for market summaries and analysis which is aggregated and designed only to assist applicants and recruiters. However, HiRe is part of Econjobmarket.org which is considering research projects involving applicant data - these projects are being evaluated by the UBC ethics board to ensure they respect confidentiality of all private data. Econjobmarket does not share any data with any commercial partners, except for those who manage applications on behalf of registered recruiters.
- Why does HiRE cost so much?
There are a number of considerations. Apart from the fact that it is an excellent and valuable service, the well worn one is that it costs money to maintain econjobmarket.org, which does not receive financial support from any of the large academic organizations.
- Are there alternatives to HiRe? There are many software companies and HR systems that will process applications for you. However, they will require that you ask applicants to apply directly to them, and perhaps as important, ask recommenders to send letters directly to them. Econjobmarket was intially created to reduce the number of websites where recommendation letters had to be sent.
Econjobmarket resolves some of this, but not all of it, since universities are increasingly forcing the use of applications through their own websites.
If you are interested in access to econjobmarket's large applicant pool, there are only two other alternatives. The first is [Headhunter](https://editorialexpress.com/hh/) which is a part of the editorial express software company run in part by John Rust. Headhunter is similar to hire, and uses application data from econjobmarket.org.
A second alternative is to import data directly into your own recruiting system using the rest api at [backend.econjobmarket.org](https://backend.econjobmarket.org). This is the method used at UBC and Toronto. It is also being used by the Bank of Canada, Stanford GSB, and Kellogg Management School at Northwestern.