On January 5, 2017, Chicago-based startup RIVS aims to speed up that interview process with technology. It announced Thursday that it has acquired competitor InterviewStream. RIVS acquired InterviewStream from Brazos Higher Education Service Corporation, a Waco, Texas-based nonprofit, in December. InterviewStream provides an interview preparation tool geared for the college career center market and a tool that shows video training sessions and quizzes employees on the content.

The Company has added InterviewStream’s 15 employees to its team of 16, and plans to keep a Waco office. CEO Phil Leslie said the combined companies have 900 clients including health insurance service company Cigna and computer technology company Dell. RIVS has also partnered with IBM to take hiring a little deeper. If a company wants to find candidates that share traits with a particular employee or group of employees, RIVS and IBM can analyze interview data to find good personality matches.


RIVS connects recruitment teams to quality candidates through digital interviews. Video, voice, and written interviews reveal key candidate communication and personality skills earlier on in the selection process, helping organizations discover top talent, while reducing time to hire and costs associated with interviewing.


InterviewStream provides pre-recorded and live video interviewing solutions. The company’s web-based solutions include live video interviewing solutions; pre-recorded interviewing solutions; and InterviewStream 360, a practice interview system that enables job seekers to see and hear themselves online. It also provides Video Interview Branded Experience, a video interviewing tool that offers video-based questions and texts.

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You can find more information about RIV’s acquisition of InterviewStream on Chicago Tribune’s Website.

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