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PlayNetwork expands with U.K.-based branch

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Redmond, Wash. — PlayNetwork said Thursday it has launched into the European market and acquired Absolute Audio Systems Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of commercial media products and A/V systems integration services across Europe.

According to PlayNetwork, the U.K. office will strengthen its regional client support to all of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, by leveraging Absolute Audio’s A/V systems and service networks in Europe’s retail and leisure markets. The group will also add European creative to PlayNetwork’s catalog of entertainment media offerings, which include branded music, full video production, in-store/on-hold messaging, artist promotions, and retail advertising networks.

PlayNetwork currently supports entertainment media initiatives in 70 countries for clients such as Starbucks Coffee. According to the company, this is the next step in PlayNetwork’s plan to strengthen its global footprint through strategic partnerships and acquisitions reaching new markets and audiences.

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PeopleAnswers partners with RadioShack for talent assessment

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Dallas — Talent software firm PeopleAnswers said Thursday that RadioShack Corp. will utilize the PeopleAnswers talent assessment software for all positions in nearly 5,800 company-operated stores and kiosks as well as corporate offices across the United States and Puerto Rico.

According to the company, RadioShack will use PeopleAnswers to prescreen, assess and hire job candidates for all positions including sales associates, store and district managers and corporate positions. With RadioShack attracting approximately one million job candidates per year, the web-based tool has the scale to evaluate candidates as needed, 24/7, integrate with job boards and track candidates’ progress through the application and hiring process, said PeopleAnswers.

“RadioShack is focused on strengthening our brand and growing our business. People make the difference in executing our growth strategy,” said Mary Ann Doran, senior VP human resources, RadioShack.

RadioShack has been using PeopleAnswers for approximately 18 months as a tool to help select and hire district managers nationwide. For the last year, the company has used PeopleAnswers to hire its store managers and sales associates.

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Nike and HireVue team to roll out campus recruiting program

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Salt Lake City — Video interviewing solution-provider HireVue said Thursday that Nike has selected it to support its campus recruiting program, adding HireVue’s video interviewing platform to Nike’s recruiting process.

Nike’s current campus recruiting process screens and interviews qualified candidates for a wide range of open positions — in marketing, sales, merchandising, strategic planning, supply chain and IT — from over 20 undergraduate, MBA and law programs across the country. They presently employ a multi-tiered approach that leverages the Nike brand.

The HireVue Interview Management platform gives users the ability to schedule and capture video interviews and then evaluate candidates over the Internet.

“We have a short time frame during which candidates can interact with hiring managers,” said Ernest Adams, global talent acquisition manager, Collegiate and Diversity Programs at Nike. “With HireVue’s technology, candidates can have their side of the interview on their own time, and our hiring managers can see potential candidates in action, which will improve the quality of our new hires.”

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