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Delivering quality candidates to organisations across the globe, today announced the release of HireEnterprise 8, the first Enterprise Recruiting Solution designed specifically for today’s dynamically evolving staffing organisations. With an inviting and intuitive user interface and built-in measurement tools to monitor and adjust recruiting activities, HireEnterprise 8 enables organisations to make superior hiring decisions and significantly increase business productivity. Through its exclusive alliance with, StepStone will sell and support the HireEnterprise 8 product in the European market.

Staffing organisations across the world have undergone tremendous change over the past few years, including increased activity from human resources (HR) generalists, increased involvement by hiring managers and increased attention by executives, along with decreased recruiting budgets. Launched today, HireEnterprise 8 delivers unprecedented advancements in Enterprise Recruiting Solutions, providing organisations with greater flexibility, collaboration and personalisation, significantly increasing user adoption and strengthening candidate relationships to accelerate the hiring of top-quality talent.

“As National Semiconductor continues to grow, we need a system that is both candidate- and recruiter-centric, and flexible enough to meet our evolving staffing needs,” said Paul Maack, director of global staffing for National Semiconductor Corp. “We are confident HireEnterprise will take our recruiting programme to the next level, allowing us to be more proactive in our enterprise recruiting strategy, while ensuring we are capturing and hiring the most talented people.”

Hiring organisations are tasked with serving numerous internal customers, each with different needs. HireEnterprise 8 includes advanced flexibility designed to support professional, hourly, college hiring and employee mobility programmes and easily adapts to information requirements of the HR generalist, recruiter, hiring manager and candidate.

“Increasingly, we are seeing the staffing role in organisations being filled by HR generalists, many of whom have other HR specialties and are less familiar with the art of recruiting,” said Marc Pramuk, programme manager for HR Management & Staffing research at IDC. “A new wave of Enterprise Recruiting Solutions is emerging that is designed with this broader spectrum of staffing professionals in mind. Focusing on ease of use, greater flexibility and enhanced reporting capabilities to meet specific recruiting processes, IDC expects rapid user adoption of these end-to-end hiring process automation tools that ultimately will allow organisations to make better hiring decisions and better manage their work force.”

As a pioneer in e-recruiting, online screening, Internet sourcing and staffing analytics, leveraged its expertise to bring together significant advancements in staffing technology. As part of that mission, launched today, HireEnterprise 8 delivers the follow benefits:

• Recruiting solution meets sales force automation.
With the launch of HireEnterprise 8, the most powerful features of sales force automation are now available to staffing professionals.’s new pipeline management tool provides a graphical representation of candidate status and process bottlenecks, allowing staffing teams to track candidates as they are automatically moved through the process, per unique business rules. In addition, HireEnterprise 8 includes rich contact management technology that coordinates all candidate-facing activities through a centralised console and puts this information at the fingertips of team members. With HireEnterprise, recruiters can stay organised and focused to ensure key candidates are getting the attention they need. Finally, through automated, tailored responses to candidates, organisations are able to save steps, while building relationships.

• Rapid user adoption drives staffing results.
HireEnterprise 8’s intuitive user interface addresses the needs of power users as well as infrequent users. The new design enables users to quickly orient themselves and gain access to information via personalised work styles. Enhancements include greater use of self-service functions and tight e-mail integration with familiar tools such as Microsoft Office, increasing the speed and degree of collaboration between recruiters, hiring managers and candidates. By allowing users to leverage familiar technologies, HireEnterprise 8 enables increased user adoption and provides staffing professionals with greater value, including the ability to hire top-quality candidates faster.

• Visibility is provided into staffing demand, process and results.
The SmartGrid, introduced in HireEnterprise 8, is the most innovative and powerful tool to date for staffing professionals. It provides efficient management of large volumes of data as well as constant visibility into key evaluation criteria. With the SmartGrid, users can easily create views of staffing and relationship data without IT assistance, increasing the level of support and the quality of the hiring decision. In addition, working through e-mail,’s continuous screening functionality engages hiring managers early in the staffing process, enabling them to rapidly provide feedback on candidates and prioritise activities, and ultimately make a high-quality hiring decision, without ever having to log into the application.

• Staffing goes global.
Now more than ever, companies are competing for talent globally. With’s flexible solution, global organisations can recruit top talent while adhering to local hiring processes and maintaining a consistent local brand. HireEnterprise 8 introduces expanded multilingual and multilocale capabilities with the added benefit of career site- and user-specific settings. In addition, by leveraging’s widely lauded workflow functionality and powerful branding tools, HireEnterprise can be configured easily to support varying processes based on global needs and may be adjusted to reflect designated language, locale and cultural differences.
“ customers are seeing tremendous results, and with HireEnterprise 8 we are raising the bar on Enterprise Recruiting Solutions and taking our customers’ hiring processes to the next level,” said Larry Orecklin, CEO of “With the changing dynamics of today’s staffing organisations, we’re focused on ensuring high-quality hiring and driving results even further. We look forward to teaming with our customers to continue to deliver recruiting success.”

HireEnterprise 8 is available immediately.

About StepStone and

In February 2003, StepStone announced an exclusive alliance to bring's solutions to European organisations. The partnership combines's award-winning talent management solution, HireEnterprise, with StepStone's leadership in European online recruitment to jointly address the emerging market for talent management solutions in Europe. Through an integrated approach to sourcing, recruiting, candidate relationship marketing and applicant tracking, the StepStone solution allows organisations to build direct relationships with candidates and to recruit the highest quality talent quickly and at the lowest possible cost.

About is a leading provider of Enterprise Recruiting Solutions enabling businesses worldwide to hire and retain top-quality talent faster than any other solution in the market. Global 2000 companies, including BP, Roche Diagnostics, Prudential, Reuters, Kaiser and SITA, have invested in’s unique modular system to achieve competitive advantage today and to prepare for their future talent management needs. HireEnterprise is an award-winning product as named by HR Executive Magazine in the list of 2002’s Top 10 HR products of the year. Customers named “Best in Customer Service” in ERE’s 2002 and 2003 Annual Industry Surveys. More information on and its proven solutions can be found at the Web site at

About StepStone
StepStone ASA is Europe's leading provider of online career services and recruitment solutions. StepStone's public career sites cover 13 European countries, providing high-quality candidates to recruiters quickly and effectively through individually focused campaigns. In conjunction with its partner, StepStone also provides fully hosted recruitment solutions, allowing customers to operate their own private career sites, covering both external and internal candidates. StepStone recruitment solutions allow companies to build direct relationships with candidates through their own private Talent Communities, in addition to fully supporting enterprise class recruitment processes. StepStone was founded in Norway in 1996 and pioneered the development of online recruitment in Europe. Thousands of companies, including Tandberg, IKEA, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, Toyota Motor Europe, Whirlpool Corporation, Levi Strauss, Bertelsman, KLM, Manpower, Vedior and KPMG,, use StepStone's
services to find qualified staff across Europe. For more information

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John Spiers
StepStone ASA
Tel: +44 (0)1483 739450

Vanessa Land
Devonshire Marketing Consultants Ltd
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