PROSPECT PARK, N.J.-H-R Easy, an interactive human resources screening program, is being offered nationally by Talent Network Inc. (TNI) of Prospect Park. H-R Easy is aimed at retail businesses with high employee turnover and is designed mostly for screening applicants for entry-level positions, according to Ken Kunda, president of TNI's Charlotte, N.C.-based H-R Easy division.
The program helps screen out unqualified job applicants before an interview, said Carl Williams, president of TNI, which bought H-R Easy from the Pic 'N Pay unit of Bata Corp. on April 26.
``A dealership can save time and money by not having to process fraudulent or unqualified applications,'' Mr. Williams said.
H-R Easy clients have their own 800 number. Applicants are directed to call the 800 number through a newspaper ad or job posting and are guided through a two-part interview consisting of employment-related questions with yes-or-no answers.
The first series asks applicants about their education, skills and availability for work. They are asked basic questions such as, ``Do you have a valid driver's license?'' If the job requires driving and the applicant answers ``no,'' the interview is terminated.
Applicants who meet the basic criteria established in the first level of questions go on to a second level, where they answer questions about honesty, aggressive behavior, dependability, work history, self-motivation, optimism and drug use.
At this level, questions are asked in rapid succession and the responses are timed. Too much time generally indicates a questionable answer, according to Mr. Kunda. So if the applicant takes too long to respond, the program asks more questions on that topic.
But applicants usually respond with their ``most candid, first thoughts,'' he said.
A scored report is provided for each applicant so client companies can identify the best-qualified applicants.
``Those hired tend to be more productive and have fewer at-work problems.*.*.*.*H-R Easy can help reduce employee turnover, theft of money or supplies by pilferage, and also decrease the company's exposure to equal opportunity complaints,'' said Mr. Williams.
The program costs about $5,000 to $8,000 for installation and $8 to $10 per interview and is customized for each client, according to Messrs. Kunda and Williams.
``We can significantly reduce the cost per hire and, at the same time, enable employment departments to focus on their core responsibilities,'' Mr. Kunda said.
Companies also have the option of having the program modified to include loss-prevention and attitude surveys of employees, exit interviews for departing personnel, and other human resource applications, Mr. Williams said.
Winston Tire in Burbank, Calif., started using H-R Easy about a month ago.
``We're happy with it and feel that we have a step up on employment,'' said Randy Hogan, vice president of information services at Winston. The 167-store dealership declined further comment.