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Smokey Bones Selects the PeopleAnswers Pre-Employment Assessment Solution

Date: November 6 2012

DALLAS – Nov. 6, 2012 – PeopleAnswers today announced a software licensing agreement with Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill to use the PeopleAnswers HR solution in helping identify and select all managers in its 66 locations across 17 states.
“Smokey Bones is known for its friendly, fun, high-energy people. So, as we fire up for new restaurant growth we wanted an efficient and predictive tool to help us more quickly identify great managers who fit our brand,” said Rob Benninghove, vice president of Human Resources, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. “PeopleAnswers helps us hire and onboard strong managers faster and more smoothly, which is absolutely critical in fueling exceptional service experiences to our guests."
Smokey Bones will use the intuitive, web-based PeopleAnswers assessment test to prescreen, select and hire all management roles and select corporate positions. PeopleAnswers will identify the Behavioral DNA® of existing Smokey Bones managers allowing Smokey Bones to duplicate traits of its most effective managers in every new hire, improve the onboarding process during the critical first few months and increase employee retention.
Managers will also use PeopleAnswers as a guide for candidate interview questions and succession planning. Additionally, PeopleAnswers will integrate with the applicant tracking system Smokey Bones currently uses.
“Whether a restaurant is in growth mode or simply improving operations, hiring the right employees and developing them from day one is what makes the most positive difference in the dining experience,” said Gabriel Goncalves, CEO and president, PeopleAnswers. “PeopleAnswers is proven across the restaurant industry a as tool that improves employee productivity and turnover while boosting profits.”
About Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Smokey Bones is a full-service bar and fire-grill restaurant that operates 66 locations in 17 states and employs nearly 4,000 people. It is owned by an affiliate of Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sun Capital Partners, whose portfolio of restaurants also includes Boston Market, Friendly’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Fazoli’s, Bar Louie and other restaurant brands representing approximately 2,000 locations and over $2.0 billion in sales. For more information and restaurant locations, visit
About PeopleAnswers
PeopleAnswers, voted one of Dallas’ best places to work, provides patented next-generation, web-based talent assessment systems to help maximize the quality of every hire, reduce turnover and streamline the selection process. Clients are from multiple industries including financial services, healthcare, hospitality, property management and retail. For more information, please visit and

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