Video Demo: Web Scraping for Sourcers and Recruiters With Import.io

Recently, we shared a video demo of Outwit Hub. It’s a great tool for scraping data from the internet. The problem with Outwit is that it requires some coding knowledge, a skill which many recruiters and sourcers do not possess.

For practitioners wanting to take full advantage of web scraping without having to know how to code, import.io is a great solution. Aaron Lintz recently discovered the tool and he agreed to show us how to use it during a short Google+ Hangout ON AIR. 

Have you found another web based solution similar to Outwit or import.io? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.

  • http://www.recruiting-online.com/ Glenn Gutmacher

    Glad that someone took up the cause of demoing another scraping tool on SourceCon after my doing Outwit Hub! Solid job by Aaron of outlining the pros and cons of Import.io vs. Outwit also. Import.io will be worth a look to those new to web scraping thanks to the visual menu interface & being free, but if you actually get into it, then I think you’ll soon need to move to the more flexible Outwit Hub (also free, but $60 lifetime for the full version means you don’t have Import.io’s 100 results/page limit, either). But I admit that Import.io’s ability to autoupdate to a Google spreadsheet is pretty useful if you are supporting a team that wants to see frequent updates of existing lists. You can set chron jobs in Outwit Hub, so it could pick up newly-updated items on a previously-scraped site, but then you’d need some fancy macros to get that to post to a Google doc, so Import.io sounds much easier in that respect. In reality, however, most sourcing requests are one-time site scrapes, so Outwit’s other advantages (can work on sites requiring logins, on Google search results, pulls down PDF and Word Doc files, etc.) make it the leader. All that aside, kudos to Aaron (and Jeremy) for sharing this kind of content with a wider audience!

  • Jordan

    A great alternative to Import.io is Mozenda. Mozenda offers a great visual representation of data that can be captured through the web. Mozenda offers a free trial period to test the software. Visit http://www.mozenda.com for more information.