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CERTPOINT Systems

certpointsystems.com

Founded Year

1996

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised

$14.75M

About CERTPOINT Systems

Certpoint Systems is an e-Learning, m-Learning and talent management software solutions provider.In April 2013, CERTPOINT Systems was acquired by Infor. The valuation of CERTPOINT Systems was undisclosed. Other terms of the deal were not released.

Headquarters Location

4 Expressway Plaza Suite 200

Roslyn Heights, New York, 11577,

United States

888-883-7646

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Latest CERTPOINT Systems News

The Longest, Craziest, Job Interviews We Ever Heard Of

Oct 12, 2013

You have successfully emailed the post. The Longest, Craziest, Job Interviews We Ever Heard Of Oct. 12, 2013, 9:30 AM 8,799 Google+/Todd Pollak Todd Pollak, director of Financial Services at Google See Also Google is giving Google Apps away to more Microsoft Office customers for free Todd Pollak is director of Financial Services at Google, running a team responsible for some of Google's biggest customers like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart. His great career wouldn't have happened without one of the craziest job interviews we've ever heard of: a six-hour car ride with his potential boss from San Francisco to L.A. It was 2001 and he was a young salesperson working for a startup called Vuepoint (later named Certpoint Systems, which is  now owned by Infor ), founded by Ara Ohanian. Ohanian needed a sales manager. Pollak didn't have the experience but Ohanian liked him. "I saw that this person had tremendous potential, but before letting him take half nation as territory I said, let's travel together,'" Ohanian, CEO of Certpoint Systems, told us. Pollak's interview was supposed to be long and tough as it was: a flight and a meeting with the company's biggest customer in L.A. It was scheduled for September 11, 2001. Ara Ohanian Ara Ohanian, CEO, Certpoint Systems Then the World Trade Center was attacked and all air flights were grounded. So Ohanian told Pollak they were renting a car and going to the meeting anyway. He even made Pollak drive. "He said, we're going to the meeting as a show good faith. I thought he was crazy, but went with him, curious to see what would happen," Pollak said. "The minute I started to drive, I realized that Ara and I are similar people with similar values. We talked for six straight hours. " When they arrived a security guard refused to let them in, yelling,"Are you crazy? The Twin Towers were just hit. Go home! " Pollak remembered. And the two road-tripped home, good friends by that time. Pollak was hired and they've been friends ever since. Ohanian went on to perfect the extremely long interview process. In the years since, he took some job applicants on cross-country flights from New York to L.A. He took others on five-hour hikes in Wyoming. "I used any activity where I could really see one-on-one how an individual behaves," because people can't fake their personality for that long, he said. "I look for specific things: energy, humor, the ability to be spontaneous at the right moment, being comfortable in one's skin," Ohanian said. He also looks for curiosity, compassion, and empathy, watching how they treat flight attendants, waitresses, other people in a service role. Ego problems will often show themselves there, he said. Ara OhanianAra Ohanian (Tin Man, center) conducted job interviews during a Halloween party Even a short interview can be a test of character. He once made his prospective CFOs interview on Halloween, while he was dressed as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, complete with silver-painted skin. One guy couldn't take it. Said he couldn't talk seriously to a man in costume. Another excused himself for a moment, went to his car, grabbed a bandanna, and came back in as the Scarecrow. He was hired. Pollak can't use such extreme methods when hiring for his team at Google, although he would like to. "If I had the ability to spend six hours with someone straight, I would do it no question," he laughs. "But Google has a rigorous process in place for hiring so instead, I never ask them about work," he says. "They wouldn't be in the room with me if they weren't qualified for the  job. I focus on person's values and how they see the world. "

CERTPOINT Systems Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was CERTPOINT Systems founded?

    CERTPOINT Systems was founded in 1996.

  • Where is CERTPOINT Systems's headquarters?

    CERTPOINT Systems's headquarters is located at 4 Expressway Plaza, Roslyn Heights.

  • What is CERTPOINT Systems's latest funding round?

    CERTPOINT Systems's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did CERTPOINT Systems raise?

    CERTPOINT Systems raised a total of $14.75M.

  • Who are the investors of CERTPOINT Systems?

    Investors of CERTPOINT Systems include Infor, Wheatley Partners, Hudson Ventures, The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training, Dalewood Associates and 3 more.

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