Keyword Combinations with Maxhire’s Search Results Matrix

May 13th, 2009 by Livingston | Print Keyword Combinations with Maxhire’s Search Results Matrix

With all the news today surrounding Google’s new product launches (Google Squared, Google Options and Sky Map for Android), it reminded me of a very interesting search feature from the Maxhire product suite.

Like most Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), Maxhire was loaded with bells and whistles, and at times these options cluttered the most basic and useful functionality of a candidate database.  For companies that don’t require scheduling, pipeline management, on-boarding tools, time and attendance features, etc, they shouldn’t have to look at all the fields and sections associated with unwanted add-ons.  Turning these features off should remove them for your view, clean up the dashboard, and simplify the site’s usability.

With that said, Matrix had some very interesting sourcing features, the most memorable was the Keyword matrix search.  It was a very powerful feature, especially for training and explaining the world of online sourcing.  A large part of mastering the art of digging into the web, requires the mastery of basic concepts of Boolean logic and operators.

In this example, the user is searching the three terms “technical support” “system administrator” SQL (this would be equivalent to the string ["technical support" AND "system administrator" AND SQL] within Google.

With Maxhire’s ‘Results Matrix’ view, the user is able to see what went right, and what went wrong within a certain Boolean string.  It also allows recruiters and sourcers to learn the relationships of keywords within a role or job description and across industries.  For example, a ‘non-technical’ Technical Recruiter can see how web technologies may or may not fit together.  If someone has CSS on their profile, chances are they’ve also listed HTML.  If someone has .NET, they most likely have asp.net, c# or vb.net as well.

The beauty of the results matrix is this – in a typical search where no results are returned, the sourcer would not know where they went wrong.  This leads us to the question of which phrase excluded the most results or what was the sour keyword?

The magic is in the results matrix.  All possible search combinations are performed, and each of the results are displayed in a matrix view.  In the above example, 45 profiles included all three keywords, 148 profiles contain the more general phrase of “technical support” and 225 profiles contain the keyword SQL – this could be due to multiple uses of the keyword SQL (My SQL – the Database, SQL Server, or simply referencing the ‘Structured Query Language‘).  For a beginning sourcer, these results display the sensitivity of Boolean logic, and the fine tuning needed to really find that needle in a haystack.

I’m very interested in the release of Wolfram Alpha – available sometime this month, and the upcoming Google Squared, that will open up more Data Results for a given Google Search.

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