Spark Hire

Spark Hire

One-way & live video interviewing platform

4.7/5 (69 reviews)

Spark Hire Overview

What is Spark Hire?

Spark Hire is an easy to use video interviewing platform w/ 5,000+ organizations conducting video interviews in over 100 countries. Users can gain more insight into candidates through one-way and live video interviews, and improve collaboration with hiring managers. A built-in interview scheduling tool empowers candidates to book interviews based on availability, while features for analytics and reporting help track video interviewing efforts with a visual breakdown of statistics. Spark Hire’s one-way video interview features allow users to invite, review, and share completed interviews, on-demand. Organizations can build custom interviews by recording videos or writing questions, allowing candidates to respond to them on their own time. Live video interviews can be conducted directly within a web browser in real time, and recorded for review by collaborators. Organizations can determine which candidates are a good fit with interview evaluations, as well as organize shortlists, rate and comment on interviews, and send rejection emails. Hiring managers can tag interviews to be able to quickly filter through a list of candidates interviewing for the same job. Spark Hire’s collaboration tools allow recruiters and hiring managers to share interviews for instant feedback, and receive alerts when a shared video interview has been watched. Spark Hire’s built-in interview scheduler integrates with popular calendar applications including Google, iCloud, Outlook, Office 365, and Exchange. Managers can select a custom scheduling URL to send to candidates and invite them to schedule a meeting, allowing them to view availability and select an interview time that works best for them.

Spark Hire Overview

Pricing

Starting from
$49.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Bronze: $99/month

Silver: $209/month

Gold: $499/month


Spark Hire Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

Spark Hire screenshot: One-way video interviews allow candidates to self-record video answers to interview questions
Spark Hire screenshot: One-way video interviews allow candidates to self-record video answers to interview questions Spark Hire screenshot: Interview candidates in real time using the live video interview feature Spark Hire screenshot: Share interviews with an unlimited number of hiring managers to collect instant feedback Spark Hire screenshot: Empower candidates to book interviews based on calendar availability Spark Hire screenshot: Generate a series of text or video-based interview questions that candidates will record video responses to Spark Hire screenshot: Determine how long a candidate has to complete the interview by setting an absolute or relative deadline Spark Hire screenshot: Upload a gallery of company photos to give candidates a behind the scenes look at the organization Spark Hire screenshot: See a visual breakdown of statistics related to interview type, interview status, conversion rates, and more Spark Hire screenshot: Create user groups to apply permissions to a group of users at once Spark Hire screenshot: The Spark Hire app brings video interviewing to any mobile device

Spark Hire Reviews

Spark Hire Reviews

Overall rating
4.7
/
5 69 reviews
Excellent
51

Very good
17

Average
1

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4.8
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Support
4.8
99% recommended this app
Scott S.

Spark Hire has been an amazing addition to our hiring process to truly filter and find the...

What is great about using Spark Hire is that it is so seamless and easy to use. You can jump in and review 15 candidates in less than 30 minutes and get a feel for how these people communicate. One of the biggest things when hiring people is getting below the surface and understanding the 80% of who they are. Its called the iceberg affect. When you interview in person you are only usually getting the best version of that person, the 20% as you would say. Well, when you add Spark Hire to your hiring system it forces your candidates to be genuine and real because most people are uncomfortable on camera which in turn allows you to see the authenticity of that person to make sure that they would be a culture fit for your business and worth taking to the next step of your interviewing process. Additionally the software is so simple to use and to rate your candidates and leave notes so that you can have multiple people in the account and know what is going on with that candidate even if they were not involved in the interview process. Spark Hire has been a huge value add for our business and it is very affordable.


Verified Reviewer

We love Spark Hire!

I am extremely happy with the Spark Hire product.


Verified Reviewer

Spark Hire Makes Hiring More Efficient


Artem V.

Manager, Inside Sales

We are trying to accomplish a few different things with Spark Hire. First and foremost, we want to widen our candidate pool. The positions where we use Spark Hire usually have 100+ applicants. Typically we would bring in only 5 of those candidates to interview in-person, but by using Spark Hire's one-way interview feature, we can widen our net and video interview up to 20 candidates. Many times we end up hiring someone who would not have gotten an in-person interview had we only selected the top 5 candidates.


Christopher B.

A Very Useful Product

A Flight Controller interview takes up the time of anywhere between 2-6 of NASA's mission-critical personnel. Before using this software we would schedule interviews based solely on resumes and pre-screens, which cannot give you enough information. While this does add a step, it helps immensely with our ability to submit qualified candidates.


Scott S.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Spark Hire has been an amazing addition to our hiring process to truly filter and find the motivated

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 7/27/2017
Review Source: Capterra

What is great about using Spark Hire is that it is so seamless and easy to use. You can jump in and review 15 candidates in less than 30 minutes and get a feel for how these people communicate. One of the biggest things when hiring people is getting below the surface and understanding the 80% of who they are. Its called the iceberg affect. When you interview in person you are only usually getting the best version of that person, the 20% as you would say. Well, when you add Spark Hire to your hiring system it forces your candidates to be genuine and real because most people are uncomfortable on camera which in turn allows you to see the authenticity of that person to make sure that they would be a culture fit for your business and worth taking to the next step of your interviewing process. Additionally the software is so simple to use and to rate your candidates and leave notes so that you can have multiple people in the account and know what is going on with that candidate even if they were not involved in the interview process. Spark Hire has been a huge value add for our business and it is very affordable.

Pros

What is great about using Spark Hire is that it is so seamless and easy to use. You can jump in and review 15 candidates in less than 30 minutes and get a feel for how these people communicate. One of the biggest things when hiring people is getting below the surface and understanding the 80% of who they are. Its called the iceberg affect. When you interview in person you are only usually getting the best version of that person, the 20% as you would say. Well, when you add Spark Hire to your hiring system it forces your candidates to be genuine and real because most people are uncomfortable on camera which in turn allows you to see the authenticity of that person to make sure that they would be a culture fit for your business and worth taking to the next step of your interviewing process. Additionally the software is so simple to use and to rate your candidates and leave notes so that you can have multiple people in the account and know what is going on with that candidate even if they were not involved in the interview process. Spark Hire has been a huge value add for our business and it is very affordable.

Cons

The one thing that I would say is to make it easier to Rate a candidate overall not just from video to video. I know this is an option but making it easier to find would be helpful.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Government Administration
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

We love Spark Hire!

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 9/7/2018
Review Source: Capterra

I am extremely happy with the Spark Hire product.

Pros

Working in HR for a large organization with multiple locations makes it difficult at times to coordinate the interview process. But instead of me providing my feedback, I'd like to share some of the comments I have received from various departments in our organization regarding the Spark Hire video interviewing platform.

"I thought the process was pretty revealing actually. As the viewer it was interesting to see how they handled the format-their comfort level with answering the questions within the time limit, and if they looked in the camera (or not)."

"I found that Spark Hire was very convenient to use and gave me a way to do an initial interview of a large number of candidates in an efficient manner. Since I tend to have large candidate pools, the videos were able to give me an initial assessment to determine who I wanted to do in person interviews with. Particularly effective when dealing with out of area applicants."

"Excellent tool that allowed us to consider more candidates. Previously we had to select 7 or less and coordinate a group schedule to interview face to face. Spark hire allowed us to consider 28 candidates remotely and at each interview panel members pace."

"I really liked using the Spark Hire Video system as it allowed me to review the candidates on my own schedule. I could also review the videos a second or third time while I was reviewing the resumes and applications. "

Cons

Again, I'd like to share feedback I have received from hiring managers. Keep in mind some of these may just be viewer/reviewer error.

"A good candidate might get screened out if they are not as tech savvy as other candidates. That might be fine for a tech job but not a relevant for others."

"What I didn’t like was the review options within Spark. It was essentially a STAR ranking system with comments. Once submitted, you cannot go back and make edits."

"I wish the view of all the videos showed me some kind of summary of how I ranked each person (and even the comments I wrote)."

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Management Consulting
Company size: Self Employed

Spark Hire Makes Hiring More Efficient

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 8/22/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Spark Hire is the "new normal" for hiring, helping to make the hiring process more efficient while still maintaining a personal touch. It allows you to set up either one-way or two way interviews with potential candidates, allowing great screening prior to final in-person interviews. It is ideal for all sizes of companies and for most (if not all) positions. I like that the questions can be customized, you can create different custom question sets, create video intros and outros, and the entire service is branded for your company. There is the ability (with some accounts, depends on price) to have multiple jobs open and have multiple users (i.e. the entire hiring team) who review submissions.

The program is incredibly user-friendly from both the company perspective as well as the candidate perspective. There is a great knowledge base as well as video tutorials, and for the company there is a terrific onboarding service. I like that there are a variety of pricing levels with various features to best fit a user's needs. For me, I appreciate that my clients who use Spark Hire can go month-to-month on use when they are not on a complete hiring rampage. We can essentially turn the program on and off on an as-needed basis which makes it incredibly cost effective for our needs. For power users there are annual payment plans to help drive costs lower.

Cons

Up to this point, I have not found any "cons" that would prevent me from using or recommending the product. I guess one "con" would be getting potential candidates to actually get over their reticence about doing a video interview, but honestly if they refuse then they are generally not the type of candidates that my clients would be looking for.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Artem V.
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Manager, Inside Sales

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 3/17/2018
Review Source: Capterra

We are trying to accomplish a few different things with Spark Hire. First and foremost, we want to widen our candidate pool. The positions where we use Spark Hire usually have 100+ applicants. Typically we would bring in only 5 of those candidates to interview in-person, but by using Spark Hire's one-way interview feature, we can widen our net and video interview up to 20 candidates. Many times we end up hiring someone who would not have gotten an in-person interview had we only selected the top 5 candidates.

Pros

Sparkhire is a good platform for video interviewing. Whether you're using it for one position or multiple positions, it can handle the job. It's user interfaces are intuitive and the functionality allows us to do many things. In fact we don't even take advantage of all the software is able to do. The one-way interview feature is by fare what we use the most often. It allows us to interview more people to begin with. The set up of the interviews is easy and the feature that lets you record video intros to any question you send is very nice as well.

Cons

The pricing for this software is different. You pay based on the number of jobs you want to use it for at the same time. Since our hiring goes in cycles, many times we only need it for one job, but sometimes we need it for up to 5 jobs. We end up paying for 5 jobs all throughout the year since that is the max number we might need, but we only use it for 1 job much of the year. There are some little features that could be improved, and we'd love for Spark Hire to tie into our current application system (it does some but not ours), but overall we like the product.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Christopher B.
Industry: Aviation & Aerospace
Company size: 201-500 Employees

A Very Useful Product

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 8/23/2018
Review Source: Capterra

A Flight Controller interview takes up the time of anywhere between 2-6 of NASA's mission-critical personnel. Before using this software we would schedule interviews based solely on resumes and pre-screens, which cannot give you enough information. While this does add a step, it helps immensely with our ability to submit qualified candidates.

Pros

It is amazing to be able to judge a person communication skills before taking up upper managements time in a lengthy interview. We mainly use this software for Flight Controllers at NASA's Mission Control Center. Interviewing with a camera, especially for the first time, can be stressful. This is something Flight Controllers must be able to handle and adapt to. While a person can have an amazing resume, it doesn't truly represent the candidate's communication skills.

Cons

The only issue I have is having to ask the candidate to upload their own resume. I would like to be able to add a resume to a video so management has easy access.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.2/10
Based on 69 user ratings
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Spark Hire Pricing

Spark Hire Pricing

Starting from
$49.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Bronze: $99/month

Silver: $209/month

Gold: $499/month

Bronze: $99/month

Silver: $209/month

Gold: $499/month

Value for Money
4.8/5
Based on 69 user ratings
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Spark Hire Features

Spark Hire Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Applicant Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Self Service
Performance Management
Real Time Reporting
Recruitment Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4.5/5
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Videos and Tutorials

Videos and Tutorials

Additional information for Spark Hire

Additional information for Spark Hire

Key features of Spark Hire

  • Analytics and reporting
  • Archiving
  • Candidate management
  • Candidate portal
  • Company profile
  • Custom branded interviews
  • Custom welcome videos
  • EEO / OFCCP Compliance
  • Filtered search
  • Internal HR
  • Interview management
  • Interview scheduling
  • Interview tagging
  • Invitations
  • Live interview concierge
  • Live interviews
  • One-on-one interviews
  • One-way interviews
  • Practice sessions
  • Question bank
  • Rate and comment on interviews
  • Recording
  • Recruiting firms
  • Recruiting firms
  • Rejection management
  • Scoring
  • Sharing features
  • Social media integration
  • Take settings
  • Think time
  • User permissions
  • Video library
  • Video questions
  • Virtual / pre-recorded interviews
  • iOS / Android mobile app

Benefits

  • Eliminate phone interviews with one-way video interviews that allow users to invite, review, and share completed interviews, on-demand.

  • The built-in interview scheduling tool empowers candidates to seamlessly book interviews based on calendar availability.

  • Customizable branding features provide candidates with professionally branded video interviews along with a photo gallery and company welcome videos.

  • Spark Hire’s analytics dashboard allows users to filter charts and tables to get key stats on efforts related to interview type and status, conversion rates, and more.

  • Interview evaluation features allow hiring managers and collaborators to rate and comment on interviews, and share feedback on candidates.

  • Spark Hire FAQs

    Spark Hire FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Spark Hire.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Spark Hire offer?

    Spark Hire offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $49.00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Bronze: $99/month Silver: $209/month Gold: $499/month

    Q. What are the main features of Spark Hire?

    Spark Hire offers the following features:

    • Analytics and reporting
    • Archiving
    • Candidate management
    • Candidate portal
    • Company profile
    • Custom branded interviews
    • Custom welcome videos
    • EEO / OFCCP Compliance
    • Filtered search
    • Internal HR
    • Interview management
    • Interview scheduling
    • Interview tagging
    • Invitations
    • Live interview concierge
    • Live interviews
    • One-on-one interviews
    • One-way interviews
    • Practice sessions
    • Question bank
    • Rate and comment on interviews
    • Recording
    • Recruiting firms
    • Recruiting firms
    • Rejection management
    • Scoring
    • Sharing features
    • Social media integration
    • Take settings
    • Think time
    • User permissions
    • Video library
    • Video questions
    • Virtual / pre-recorded interviews
    • iOS / Android mobile app

    Q. Who are the typical users of Spark Hire?

    Spark Hire has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Spark Hire support?

    Spark Hire supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Spark Hire offer?

    Spark Hire has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Spark Hire support mobile devices?

    Spark Hire supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Spark Hire integrate with?

    Spark Hire integrates with the following applications:

    ApplicantStack, Bullhorn, CEIPAL TalentHire, Crelate Talent, Greenhouse, JobAdder, PCRecruiter, Pereless Systems, The Applicant Manager, Workable

    Q. What level of support does Spark Hire offer?

    Spark Hire offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials