From applicant tracking systems (ATS) to data analysis that eliminates the ability for applicants to cheat during interview testing, HR tech can drive real change in the way companies hire new employees.
If hiring managers in your company are not looking into HR technology, you run the risk of falling behind your competitors when it comes to the quality of recruits you bring on board.
So how can businesses fully embrace HR tech to make better hires?
ATS can make a difference from the very beginning of the recruitment process. When the vacancy is advertised and you begin to see the initial responses come in, many of them may not be relevant to the position. For example, a candidate with fewer than three years of experience is unlikely to be a strong contender for the role of accountancy manager.
HR technology can help businesses to ensure their hiring decisions are as smart as possible, by analysing data and allowing managers to focus on the best talent.
Using an ATS can ensure that these inappropriate applications are bypassed, which prevents hiring managers spending any more time than they should on evaluating them. There are concerns, however, that these systems miss out on quality candidates who haven’t used the right keywords.
In response, advocates of ATS have said that applicants are getting more savvy and that the ones who make the effort to include these terms are certainly worthy of more attention than those who wouldn’t have done so. This can help you work with your recruitment agency partner to focus on the best applicants.
Keeping candidates honest
Technology is responsible for delivering the sort of analytics that can actually prove who a person is. Incorporating biometrics, this sort of information can actually be used to ensure that people are who they say they are.
Testing prior to interviews and offers being extended is a common method for businesses working with recruiting partners to try to establish who the best people for the job are. It allows hiring managers to see how a candidate might carry out a task and whether they have the skills to do the job required of them. However, there have been reports of testing not going according to plan when these candidates have allowed other people to carry out the assigned task on their behalf.
When companies and their recruitment agencies are trying to fill top-level positions, they need to be certain that the person they are employing is the same one who took the interview test. New technology has actually allowed businesses to ensure that this is the case by analysing typing strokes, pauses and even the way people correct themselves. This sort of information is almost as unique as a fingerprint, which can give hiring managers all the assurance they need that they’re extending the offer to the right person.
Although virtual reality (VR) is largely thought of as a more recreational concept - with its increasing use in gaming - it is gaining traction in the world of recruitment.
It can give candidates an insight into working for your company, which then lets them evaluate whether it’s right for them. This tool is especially useful in showcasing company culture and the sort of environment that a new employee will find themselves in if they were to accept an offer from your firm.
Consulting firm PwC has demonstrated how effective this tool can be. The company gives applicants 360-degree views of employee work spaces, as well as the lounge and gym. Candidates are also able to experience what it is like inside meetings, mentoring sessions and even lunch gatherings on the roof.
This is just one way of leveraging HR tech to ensure that you’re making smart hiring decisions, but whatever you choose to do, you should ensure that you are keeping up with new developments in order to stay competitive.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 22nd June 2017
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