The Sourcerer: An Expert Human Resource Agent

Human resource activities have always been a time-consuming and costly endeavor for project and administrative managers. One frequent type of hire, related to individual projects, is a specialized outside contractor. This is a consequence of today’s project-based work environment trends. Hiring managers have traditionally relied on two sources when beginning a search for outsourced expert help: explicit information such as resumes and word-of-mouth. In this paper, we offer a theoretical alternative for getting more detailed, relevant, and complete information about outsourcing candidates. Our proposed technological solution leverages some of the experimental methods in knowledge-based UI research and is based on research that has been conducted with expert finder systems.