The company has been working on the tool since its founding in 2011, according to a piece on Quartz. Results are mined from Entelo’s database of over 25 million individuals with in-demand skills in areas like data science. But it’s not only about what the employee may or may not be doing. Variables analyzed by the tool’s algorithm include organizational changes such as layoff notices at the employee’s place of business, tenure at that employer, and activity on social media sites. Flagged employees, it seems, are noticeably more active on a variety of sites before beginning a job search.
A recruiter not affiliated with Entelo told Quartz that the predictions of readiness to change jobs should be approached skeptically, as “passive and active candidates” are all ripe for the right offer. However, the more significant benefit of this sort of tool could be for employers who want to increase retention rates, especially for high achievers and highly skilled employees who would be difficult to replace. Entelo itself only claims that these flagged employees are 30 percent more likely to job hop in the near future.
Entelo’s focus on learning what employees will do next, rather than just what they have done in the past, comes from the top. In a Q&A on The New York Times, Entelo CEO Jon Bischke explains part of his unique hiring approach for his own company:
“One of the things we’re always looking to figure out with people is how to accelerate their professional growth and even help them think about what they’ll do after Entelo. So one of the questions I like asking in interviews is, ‘What do you want to do after Entelo?’ That often throws people. It’s an interesting question because it helps people take off the lens of ‘I want this job,’ and to put on the lens of, ‘What do I want to do with my life? What do I want to do with my career?’”
Kachina Shaw is managing editor for IT Business Edge and has been writing and editing about IT and the business for 15 years. She writes about IT careers, management, technology trends and managing risk. Follow Kachina on Twitter @Kachina and on Google+