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  • 24-Sep-2017



Shortlist helps growing companies source and screen mid-level talent in India and East Africa, cutting through piles of resumes and getting rid of dead-end interviews.

We combine technology and people to screen, including a digital chat-based questionnaire, cognitive and competency tests to measure actual ability to do the job, and structured mini-interviews rather than relying just on CVs.

Ultimately we deliver a ‘shortlist’ of outstanding candidates ready for 2nd stage interviews. As a result, our SME customers can grow their teams faster and more effectively.

Today, Shortlist is a 40-person business based in Mumbai, Nairobi, and Palo Alto. We are on a mission to accelerate the move to a meritocratic and gender balanced talent marketplace. www.shortlist.net


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Who is your customer?

Our typical customer is a fast growing SME making 15 or more hires per year. We also serve a selection of larger corporates and MNCs. It's always free for candidates to apply with Shortlist.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

We created Shortlist to address the acute difficulty that jobseekers face in finding jobs that actually match their skills and preferences. This difficulty is partly due to the vast majority of candidates not having had support in understanding their own skills and preferences. It is also due to the difficulty of conveying one’s strengths through a CV, particularly for young people who have so few “conventional” credentials. Relatedly, it is extremely difficult for hiring managers to source and screen young talent objectively, leading to acute biases (particularly gender bias) in the selection process such as favouritism for elite schools and name brand employers that the vast majority of young jobseekers lack.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

At Shortlist we take a competency-based approach to sourcing and screening talent. We enable candidates to apply for jobs by demonstrating their skills online. While not cutting out human intervention entirely, we use technology to objectively assess the potential of each candidate and provide everyone with feedback – a digital asset they can use to become more self aware and apply for jobs elsewhere.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

1. A model beyond technology: Our model uses technology (80%) and human interaction (20%) to provide a vetted shortlist of candidates to employers. 2. Priority placed on product design and user experience: We have dedicated significant resources to-date to creating a user-friendly and intuitive chat-based interface and experience for candidates. 3. Calibre of the team: Our team has decades of combined experience creating and scaling companies in multiple markets including India.