“The prototype is definitely useful. Presenting the features with the prototype is much more visually illustrative and tangible than just describing which new features and improvements we are planning. The prototypes also provide a committing and addicting angle of working together.” Joni Latvala, CTO and founding partner, TalentAdore
User interface for a virtual recruitment assistant
TalentAdore brings the human touch back into recruitment. The virtual recruitment assistant will not treat applicants as mere ID numbers, but as customers or future employees of the company. Experts at Leonidas have been supporting TalentAdore in designing and coding the user experience and the user interface.
“We enable a pleasant candidate experience through artificial intelligence, which enables us to treat each applicant individually. The applicants’ information can be utilised in future recruitment as well, and the applicants can even be contacted outside the recruitment process. The user interface of our solution must be on par with Apple solutions,” says TalentAdore technology manager Joni Latvala.
With the TalentAdore solution, OP is able to manage their recruitment process for one hundred digital professionals in a controlled and individual manner.
Prototype to aid the customer in testing the user interface
TalentAdore customers stress that the development ideas they propose are prioritised, and they can be featured in the product in as little as one week’s time. This elevates the customer experience to a whole new level. A quick prototype is a handy way of developing and comparing new features before investing heavily in coding, which makes it an excellent way of lowering the risk involved with investing in product development.
“The user experience our solution offers has to be brilliant, and that is why we asked for an expert from Leonidas to design the user interface. Before Janne joined the team, we coded one screen for the software, which we had to discard. Luckily, we had not coded anything else, because the user experience was not thought through the way Janne was able to. If we had proceeded further on our own, we would have had to throw away more screens. I must admit that we have been able to avoid useless coding through prototypes of the visuals,”Latvala says.
Janne Kallunki from Leonidas started by visiting a few customers and going through several recruitment cases.
“He used an ingenious question during his interviews: If you had a personal assistant, what would their tasks be? We have been able to utilise this idea later on with our customers. The user experience and the so-called flow have to be thought through before you start coding the user interface.”
Using the interviews, Janne compiled a list of things the system would have to be able to manage. He used this list to design and implement prototypes, or rough drafts, of the user interface. The customers were able to click the models and try the solution on for size in their everyday operations, and to determine which of the solutions was most intuitive. The coding started after the prototypes and customer prioritisation.
“Janne is able to move from design to front end coding, and excels in that as well. When he is assigned with designing a feature, he solves it in one go so that we never have to think about it again. Bad solutions will come back to haunt you, because they increase technical debt to the product, but Janne has always implemented everything quickly and intelligently. The code also reveals Janne’s experience and excellent expertise,” Joni Latvala praises.
A good user interface means valuing the customer’s time
According to Latvala, older recruitment systems show that they have been built from the point of view of engineering and functionality. Customers may have provided a list of the required features that have been coded into the system without a thought to how the customer will proceed within the system intuitively.
“Of course, people can learn to use any kind of system if they practice enough. But those who seldom use the system, e.g. people who recruit once a month, do not always want to start with reading the manual. Our customers deal with this software daily, some even for 100% of their time, which means that any poor logic will come back to haunt us. The user logic must be self-explanatory,” Joni Latvala describes.
Leonidas, a trusted partner
TalentAdore has called Leonidas for help on many occasions, which illustrates our satisfaction with the people and the results.
“The user interface is something that cannot come second to Apple. Janne is a delightful combination of an analytical mind and artistry. He is visual and musical, but also a critical thinker who can visualise processes with ease. I think Janne produces Apple-level work.”
When TalentAdore piloted feedback in the recruitment system, Leonidas designed the look for the system, and the whole thing was finished in a few days. There is an honest reason for outsourcing designers.
“We do not have in-house employees that have sufficient visual talent for designing a usable, stylish and impressive end result. We have four developers of our own, and when we need a user interface or visual design, we contact Leonidas.”
Understandably, a top quality user interface is not designed in a vacuum; its development requires a sample of 5-7 people. Interviewing customers with the help of various alternatives enables us to create an excellent user interface.
“I have dealt with software houses that are stuck up, but Leonidas does not suffer from this problem. It is always a pleasure to do business with them, and they listen to our needs. Their prices are also affordable, and I am never reluctant to pay their invoices. I have recommended Leonidas to potential customers, but also as an employer to some,” Joni Latvala says.