Searchlight Expert Review, Pricing, Alternatives - 2022

Phil Strazzulla
HR Tech Expert, Harvard MBA, Finance and Software Nerd
May 17, 2022
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Searchlight Versus the competition

Searchlight's underlying philosophy is that you need to understand how talent does on the job in order to have a best in class assessment technology that gets smarter over time.

If you're ready to get a Searchlight demo, we suggest getting in touch for a look at the product and quote. Otherwise, read on!


Searchlight Review

Searchlight is a talent assessment tool that allows PeopleOps teams to understand who to hire based on organizational psychology, AI, and actual employee performance data.

When you open a new req, you can choose from assessment templates within Searchlight, as well as customize your own.  These assessments are sent out asynchronously to candidates, typically when they reach the final stages of the interview process.

Candidates answer questions about themselves, and also have three references to provide information relating to soft skills like coach-ability, work ethic, ability to learn, etc.  91% of third party references respond within 36 hours.

These data points are synthesized into a report that hiring managers use to understand who to hire.  They are also sent to managers to help understand how to onboard this employee and where they may need help.

The secret sauce is that Searchlight has a 30/60/90 day review module which directly collects employee performance, and then uses this data to enhance assessments.

All this results in an average 45% decrease in employee attrition across their customer base.  That is quite the ROI!

Who shouldn't buy Searchlight

While you can upload data from other performance management systems into their software, it requires you do it via CSV (unless your performance management is built into an HRIS they integrate with).  Moreover, this information doesn't map back to the way their system handles candidate data, so the signal is very low. So, in order to get the value of understanding how their assessments predict quality of hire, you really need to use their 360 review module.

You may get pushback from your team on the Quality of Hire Module as it requires some work to be used, and is a lot of the same work that your team may already be doing with your Performance Management System, or Employee Onboarding System.

In addition, this is also a newer entrant to the field.  They don't have a 50 person customer success team.  Of course, most companies with 50 person customer success teams also have technology that belongs in 2008.

Lastly, if you're just looking to check the box on assessments or background checks, there are cheaper options out there for you.  They won't be nearly as powerful (or evolve as quickly), but if price is your only concern, this is not the tool for you.

Searchlight Customers





Searchlight: Talent intelligence across the employee lifecycle

Searchlight Stats

Customers see an average decrease in employee attrition of 45%

91% of third party references respond within 36 hours

Searchlight Key Features

The core features of Searchlight include:

  • Talent assessments for new hires, focusing on soft skills
  • Third party references for new hires that are used to build a candidate's profile
  • Onboarding advice on new hires for hiring managers
  • Quality of hire data collected via 360 reviews, which funnel back to evolving their assessments
  • Ability to source candidates from references (‚Öì of references express interest in working for the company their friend is joining)

Searchlight Key Integrations

While still a newer vendor, Searchlight has built out an impressive integrations roster with various ATS's (Greenhouse, Lever, SmartRecruiters, etc), as well as HRIS's, and tools like Slack.

Searchlight Pricing

Pricing is not disclosed as this is enterprise software.  The company prices based on the number of hires you plan to make in a given year.  The other major variable is the modules you plan to use.

Pricing starts around $12k/yr at the low end, and can get into the mid six figures for fast growing companies.  We won't be surprised to hear of companies paying in the seven figures, especially as more enterprise grade customers come on board.

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Searchlight Implementation

The core functionality of the platform (sending assessments to potential hires and their references) can be setup fairly quickly.  This part should be up and running in a few weeks as the main work that needs to be done is setting up assessments via the pre-packaged templates, and making any necessary tweaks from there.

The Quality of Hire module takes a bit longer.  The main lift is getting hiring managers to buy into another tool, and one that may have overlap with other performance and/or onboarding solutions you may already use.

Searchlight Customer Success

About Searchlight

As a next step you can visit the Searchlight website or read about alternatives below

As a next step you can visit the Searchlight website or read about alternatives below

Searchlight Alternatives

VidCruiter can work as an all-in-one recruitment solutions, having tools & features for screening, testing, reference checks, and interviews.
With an impressive 60+ languages and frameworks supported, CodinGame allows recruiters to screen developers through fun coding games and challenges.
Vervoe is a growing vendor fully-focused on the candidate assessment space. They're remarkable for implementing AI technology in their assessments and having beautiful design.
HireVue is a pioneer in the video interviewing software space and stands out from its competitors for its AI-powered on-demand interviews that helps recruiters conduct the initial screening of candidates.
TestGorilla’s Pre-employment assessment platform is user-friendly, and easy to implement with over 230 scientifically validated tests. Some tests are even available in languages other than English, including Dutch, German, Spanish, and French.
eSkills is a comprehensive talent assessment platform with capabilities that cover the entire employee lifecycle, from pre-employment and video interview to behavioral development.
The Predictive Index is a talent optimization platform that helps with hiring, management, talent strategy, and employee engagement.
pymetrics uses AI to vet, assess, and manage candidates. Their algorithms can create an ideal persona for each role and determine which tests should be taken by potential matches.
HackerRank is one of the largest tech assessment platforms out there with customers such as AirBnB, DropBox and more.
Qualified’s online coding interview platform was born out of CodeWars, an ecosystem of 1 million developers working to improve their skills.
CodeSignal is a candidate assessment tool for engineers and developers. As a platform, it also features remote interviews and certified assessments.
Harver is a pre-employment assessment platform designed with the input of industrial and organizational psychologists. Their platform also includes an on-demand video interview tool.
SparkHire is a video interview solution with capabilities for one-way video, live interviews, video messaging, and interview scheduling.
myInterview is a video interview platform that uses AI to help recruiting teams evaluate candidates. Their solution is incredibly easy to implement for smaller companies.
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