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KNOWLEDGEPOINT Enhances Job Description Software To Help Companies Recruit The Right Employees
Descriptions Now 5.0 features new "Hiring Center" that defines positions,
posts openings and automatically generates interview questions
January 9, 2001 In a recent survey of 4,000 human resource professionals, 79
percent told KnowledgePoint that recruiting is the top HR issue currently facing
their organization. Further, the study showed a lack of interviewing skills on the part of
managers is contributing to hiring difficulties. Today, KnowledgePoint, a leading
developer of human resource management software, is releasing a new version of its
top-selling job description-generating program, Descriptions Now (and its Internet
ASP counterpart JobDescription.com), which feature a new "Hiring Center"
designed to help managers hire the right individuals for the jobs.
Already the acknowledged standard for writing clear and comprehensive job descriptions
that comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Descriptions Now 5.0 and
JobDescription.com 2.0 also support the hiring process by assigning competencies, posting
online and newspaper ads via the Internet, and generating behavioral-based interview
questions. A valuable hiring tool for small businesses and line managers, this new program
clearly defines jobs and helps employers focus their search and more easily identify
"Hiring the wrong person for a job can be a very expensive mistake," says
KnowledgePoint President Michael Troy. "Companies that make Descriptions Now 5.0 the
hub of their hiring process will greatly increase their chances of hiring the right person
the first time."
Key Features of Descriptions Now 5.0 and JobDescription.com 2.0
Already the #1-selling job description program on the market, Descriptions Now 5.0 and
JobDescription.com 2.0 provide users with access to a library of more than 3,700 built-in
jobs that they can edit, combine and customize to fit the individual needs of their
organization. After answering questions about physical and educational requirements, work
environment, qualifications and supervisory responsibilities, Descriptions Now and
JobDescription.com compose a comprehensive job description that is ADA-compliant. The new
version of these programs goes several steps further by including the following new
- Competency Builder: Allows managers to choose from 50 proven competencies, such as
job knowledge, leadership, organizational skills, teamwork, and more. These competencies,
along with the job responsibilities and qualifications, allow users to build comprehensive
profiles of desired candidates.
- Interview Question and Interview Form Generator: After defining a position and
competencies, Descriptions Now 5.0 generates behavioral-based interview questions specific
to the job to help evaluate candidates true potential. The program also provides
interview tips and a useful matrix on which to write interview notes and rankings.
- Enhanced Job Ad Writer: Provides an ad "wizard" that assists in the
preparation of a job ad and offers links to Internet posting and newspaper classified
- New Computer Skills Section: Makes it easy to define the specific computer skills
required for any position.
- Online and Up-to-date: Descriptions Now 5.0 blurs the line between the Internet and
the desktop, automatically updating the programs internal job description library
and providing live links to additional resources like salary information and interviewing
training on the Internet.
Availability, Pricing and Operating Requirements
Descriptions Now 5.0 is available now and offered at the suggested retail price of
$179. This program runs on a Pentium-based computer with 32MB RAM and 40MB hard disk
capacity, and requires Windows 95/98/2000/NT. JobDescription.com will be released later
this month and will require Netscape or Internet Explorer browser 4.0 or higher.
Since 1987, KnowledgePoint (a division of CCH INCORPORATED) has been a leading
developer of knowledge-based human resource management solutions, providing Windows-based,
intranet, Web and hosted employee management solutions for the enterprise, small
businesses, HR professionals and individual managers. With the creation of HRTools.com,
KnowledgePoint provides the most comprehensive, trusted and widely distributed online
business center helping small to mid-sized employers manage their employees. Contact
KnowledgePoint at 707-762-0333, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Web at www.knowledgepoint.com.
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