February 25, 2011

Catch the Best – Hiring, Made Intelligent

Looking to hire a new employee at your company, but worried about managing the deluge of applications and resumes heading your way? Try Catch the Best on for size. The applicant management tool helps business owners track, share, and rate resumes from online job seekers – making it easier to separate the good from the bad, and come up with a list of the most qualified candidates when filling key roles at any company.

If you’re a small business owner who doesn’t have the resources to hire a full-time HR manager to make all your hiring decisions, then Catch the Best is your next best option. Select a subscription level based on the size of your company and sign up for an account to begin. From the dashboard page, click the “Positions” tab to create a new listing for whichever job you’re looking to fill. Add meta keywords and a meta description to ensure your listing is both search engine optimized and easy to track. Postings are automatically posted on, as well as any other job boards you wish to utilize. As applications and resumes come rolling in, Catch the Best helps you keep track by separating applicants based on where they found your listing. Browse through resumes and mark which applicants you’d like to find out more about; Catch the Best will keep track of this information so you don’t have to. Other colleagues and managers at your company can even offer their 2 cents by ranking applicants based on their qualifications for the position.

Applicant resumes and application details are always stored in your Catch the Best account, which means they won’t be clogging up your email inbox and there’s no chance of an interesting applicant’s resume getting lost in the shuffle or deleted by mistake. For entrepreneurs looking to make smart hiring decisions in this difficult economy, Catch the Best’s organizational tools and collaboration features can’t be beat.

Practical Uses:

  • Post a job opening on your company website
  • Ask employees to help rank potential applicants
  • Save resumes to refer back to later if another position opens up
  • Track which job boards are sending you the most applicants

Insider Tips:

  • Create separate email addresses to use on each job board
  • View the most highly ranked candidates on your dashboard page
  • Catch the Best will automatically post your job openings on
  • Leave a comment under an applicant submission to justify a high or low ranking

What we liked:

  • Catch the Best users don’t have to worry about resumes clogging their inbox
  • Managers can review resumes on their own time, not necessarily as they get emailed in
  • Current employees can rank and comment on resumes, giving managers a heads up about any special candidates
  • Resumes can be archived and referred back to for another job opening in the future

What we didn’t like:

  • Companies that already pay to post openings on popular job boards might be hesitant to pay even more money when hiring new employees


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
  • Founded by: Ben Curtis
  • Web site:


  • Free account
  • Basic account is $29/month
  • Advanced account is $49/month
  • Deluxe account is $99/month


  1. Catch the Best is an application that helps to distinguish the qualification levels between various job applicants. It is useful in the sense that it can be used to do the selection instead of hiring a full-time HR manager to select the most appropriate candidate; however, computer-based selections cannot make decisions as well as human-based selections.

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