You swipe and if you are lucky you get a matchSo there we were, everything designed in a nice teal green - which we actually like at Testbirds - seeing a first profile of a candidate. To say it in their own words, “Cocoon aims to connect high potential job seekers to cool startups from The Netherlands”. As an applicant you are creating a profile connecting your LinkedIn profile and stating your job preferences. Using their algorithm the right jobs are offered to you and you swipe left and right to show whether you are interested or not. As an employer you also create a profile and post your open positions. Candidates are matched as well, you swipe and if you are lucky you will have a match with a candidate that is interested in your company and the jobs you offer. The app is for web and mobile.
Alright, Bluebird seems to be a good candidateBack to the first profile of a candidate. Let’s call him Bluebird. At first it is a little hard to adjust because we are used to having a full CV with full information. At Cocoon you only get to know their selected skills and rough information about their recent jobs and their education history. But ok, we are looking for an account manager for our office in Amsterdam and if someone lists “cold calling”, “prospect research”, “lead generation” and “account management” as his or her skills, well, they couldn’t be too off the mark, could they? So we swiped to the right and hurray, it was a match. Because of that we were able to directly take a look at Bluebird’s LinkedIn profile which provided us with further information. Alright, Bluebird seemed to be an actual match. So we used the chat function to get in contact. It was a little awkward and we weren’t sure at first what to write. Especially because the chance that Bluebird would have been online the moment we write him was very low. That is why we just left a message stating our email address so that Bluebird could get in contact directly. And Bluebird did! But unfortunately it turned out that their language skills weren’t appropriate as Dutch is required on a native level for the Account Manager position. But anyway, it was a good start and of course we swiped a lot more candidates in our first session and the ones after that. And we are pretty happy with the results. Now that we have used Cocoon for roughly a month on a more or less regular basis we already had around 30 matches and could schedule 4 interviews which is a pretty ok result when considering the timeframe and the number of users on Cocoon.
But in general, how do we feel about Cocoon?
- It’s a pretty cool and quick way to get in touch with candidates and it’s fun to use
- Candidates that have a profile at Cocoon are generally interesting for us because they are by default attracted to startups and innovative technologies
- It’s free (at the moment)
- Language skills are not stated in the CV (but actually the Cocoon team is working on that from what they told us)
- It feels a little bit unstructured because you don’t know how often you have to check candidates and if you once swiped to the left you can’t reach that candidate anymore, etc.
Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.
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