HyveUp – Yves Lermusi – Checkster

HyveUp - interview with Yves Lermusi, founder of Checkster.

A few decades ago, individuals would stick to a job as long as they could. In most cases, a career was pursued in only one company. In the 21st century, 2 years in a company is a good run. Thanks to online professional networks and search engines, looking for a job has almost become like shopping for a career enhancer. Nonetheless, one thing was missing in the online job search process: Checkster.

Checkster offers a Personal Feedback tool that is changing traditional 360-degree feedback methodologies and employer reference checks. In other words, Checkster is a P2P professional feedback system that leverages an individual’s working environment to define this individual’s performance on the workplace. This tool may save your next employer an hour of reference checking.

Yves Lermusi, a veteran in the world of corporate HR, is the Founder and CEO of Checkster. As he explains in the video, there are three types of users:

  1. Individuals looking to gain more control over their career. For this category of users, Checkster is a career self-management tool. 360 feedback reports are usually monopolized by our employers. Those reports are extremely valuable HR intelligence documents, so giving it to the employee doesn’t happen too often. Checkster is the easy way to get that intelligence about your professional performances back.
  2. Employers looking to hire someone, but who need an in-depth understanding of how selected profiles perform on the workplace. They can easily go on Checkster and use the Pre-Hire tool, which is the automated reference checking tool. This tool will save employers both time and money.
  3. Managers looking to refine their team’s performance should also use Checkster. It is easy and confidential for members of a team to evaluate each other’s performances on Checkster. For example, managers can use Checkster as a central element of their quarterly reports to measure and show the impact of his actions on his team’s performance.
  4. A Checkster report typically sums up somebody’s strengths and areas of performance. The value of a Checkster report is that it is entirely confidential. In the case where a manager wants to evaluate his team’s work, if he does so by using internal company tools, then it’s not guaranteed that members of the team will not be over-nice with each other to gang up against the corporation. If the process is operated by a third party, there are less defense mechanisms involved, and more candid feedback appears.

So far, the free version of Checkster allows you to send a feedback request to 10 persons. Also, those persons have a seven-day limit to answer the survey before the results are processed and the report sent to the individual being evaluated. The 10 persons limit is part of Checkster’s freemium model, and the seven-day limit is to encourage people to use Checkster on a regular basis. Where corporations made it clear a century ago that they could get rid of us in a jiffy, today, the tables are turning. Thanks to social networks and search engines, individuals can leverage their own communities to blossom in the professional space. One tool was lacking though, one that mimics HR methodologies to determine someone’s socio-professional potential. Checkster is that missing piece.

read more:
Video interview about Checkster – Checkster blog
Neurological foundation of good performance feedback – The Checkster blog
LOOKING FOR WORK? – New York Times
Radio interview with Yves Lermusi from Checkster – Total Picture