Recruitment is an important aspect of any business, bringing in new talent, helping a business to grow, and ensuring that the right people end up in the right roles. Over the years, technology has revolutionized many aspects of business, and recruitment is no exception. Here are four ways in which technology has changed the way businesses recruit – do you employ any of them?
Widening the search area
Thanks to the internet, businesses can now publicize their job openings to more people than ever before, using purpose-built job sites as well as social media and their own personal networks to increase their chances of finding the right candidate for the job. Social media, in particular, has dramatically changed the face of recruitment in the past 10 years, not only by providing businesses with a means by which to promote their job opportunities directly to their followers, but also by enabling them to look at the personal profiles of potential candidates, acting as a form of preliminary screening. It is estimated that 70% of employers check the social media profiles of their candidates to get a feel for who they are as a person and to see how active they are within the industry.
Enabling businesses to recruit from anywhere
In the modern age, there’s not a lot that we can’t do directly from our smartphone, including finding new hires for our business. There is now a wide range of virtual recruitment companies that specialize in making recruitment easier by providing tech such as apps or dashboards that are smartphone compatible. For example, an interview app can enable businesses to more easily manage their interview schedule, allowing candidates to pick the time and date from the selection options that best suits them while also providing the means by which to chat and video call.
Video conferencing for face-to-face interviews
Speaking of video calls, video conferencing has had a huge impact on many aspects of business, including recruitment. Whereas once potential candidates had to travel to meet a potential employer, now interviews can be held virtually from anywhere in the world, cutting recruitment costs and also making it easier for both businesses and candidates to speak with one another.
Using AI to help screen candidates
Last but by no means least, artificial intelligence (AI) is well on its way to replacing the human element of recruitment, at least in the early screening phases. AI has the capacity to screen vast numbers of candidates quickly and without bias by focusing on key employment criteria such as experience, qualifications, and skills. By removing the unavoidable degree of human bias in the early screening stages, AI can help to ensure that only the candidates who meet the compulsory criteria make it through to the more time and labor-intensive stages.
It’s clear that a lot has changed for the recruitment sector in recent years, and with technology only getting smarter, it’s highly likely that things will improve further in the years to come. In the highly competitive world of business, it’s vital that companies use every tool that they can to gain an advantage over their rivals, and when it comes to finding the right talent for their business, technology is that tool.