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The rise of new technologies: How they’re revolutionising recruitment

by Sarah Dunsby
17th Aug 23 3:17 pm

Let’s face it – the traditional recruitment playbook is tired. Endlessly sifting through resumes, playing tedious phone tag, scheduling back-to-back interview marathons – it’s antiquated, clunky, and frankly disengaging for both recruiters and job seekers.

The good news is that technology is swooping into the rescue to inject innovation, simplicity, and excitement into talent acquisition. From AI to VR to blockchain, some seriously impressive tech tools are transforming recruitment from the ground up. Let’s geek out and explore the top 10.

1. AI and Machine Learning (ML)

These brilliant technologies are the superheroes of recruitment tech. Their mission? To save recruiters from the soul-crushing task of manual resume screening. By using complex algorithms to rapidly analyse applicant credentials and job criteria, AI and ML can instantly identify the cream-of-the-crop candidates for you to focus on.

And as if that wasn’t enough, these crafty tools are now being used to power chatbots – your friendly automated assistants who can screen applicants, schedule interviews, promote employer brands – basically do all the admin tasks so you can concentrate on meaningful interactions with people.

2. Predictive analytics

This emerging tech applies next-gen statistical modelling on past data to predict what your future ideal candidate looks like. Just imagine – your analytics engine crunching former employee performance data to detect what mix of competencies, experiences, and attributes made top talent tick. These insights help assess new applicants and pinpoint those with the highest likelihood of success. It’s recruiting clairvoyance at its finest.

In times of economic instability, predictive analytics becomes even more valuable to identify the must-have skills and attributes to continue recruitment despite tighter budgets or an ongoing hiring freeze. When resources are scarce, it allows laser-focused hiring based on data-driven talent requirements.

3. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

VR and AR are taking talent engagement to exhilarating new heights. Amazingly, candidates can now experience your workplace virtually before even interviewing. Aspiring employees can now put on a VR headset to take simulated office tours, interact with potential colleagues, preview day-to-day tasks, and really visualise themselves in the role.

Recruiters love it too – run candidates through VR assessments to see first-hand how they tackle problems, collaborate, communicate. It’s the next best thing to seeing them live in action.

4. Video interviewing

Tired of playing email tennis to schedule interviews across time zones? Video interview platforms let you connect seamlessly with candidates anywhere, anytime. But it gets better – automated video interview tools now leverage AI to analyse responses, micro-expressions, speech patterns – you name it. This allows you to collect unbiased evaluations and insights in a short amount of time.  Asynchronous video interviews are also gaining traction – candidates record answers in their own time and recruiters review when convenient.

5. Gamification

Level up your recruitment game (pun intended) by introducing gaming elements to engage tech-savvy applicants. Create challenges, simulations, quizzes, and interactive scenarios for candidates to showcase their problem-solving, creativity, decision-making and collaboration skills. Set up leaderboards, badges, scores, and rewards to tap into their competitive spirit. And the best part? You get valuable insights into their capabilities in a format that feels more like fun and less like work. Recruitment reimagined.

6. Blockchain technology

Step aside Bitcoin – blockchain has a wide range of applications in recruitment too. These public ledgers create unalterable digital records of candidate credentials that are securely stored on decentralised networks. This allows easy, tamper-proof verification of professional certificates, academic records, work portfolios – you name it.

Candidates can also share work samples using blockchain – articles, designs, code, you get the drift. Of course, this is significantly easier than chasing referees – paving the way for disruption-free, trusted recruiting.

7. Automated scheduling

Let’s be honest – getting everyone’s calendars to align for interviews is a giant pain. Automated scheduling tools leverage AI to fix this once and for all. Candidates pick interview slots based on their availability, notifications get auto-sent, conflicts averted, calendars synced, and you don’t have to lift a finger!

Juggling time zones? No problem. These handy tools make finding mutually convenient times across geographies a walk in the park. Scheduling nightmares are a thing of the past.

8. Data privacy and security

In the digital age, keeping candidate data secure should be recruitment priority number one. As such, it’s important to look for iron-clad data encryption, robust cybersecurity protocols, and access controls – all while conducting regular audits across your systems. Ethical, transparent policies for candidate data usage are a must. Show you take privacy seriously and candidates will trust you. It’s that simple.

9. Diversity and inclusion

The recruitment world is waking up to the massive business benefits of building diverse, inclusive teams. But moving the needle on diversity requires more than just good intentions – it requires action backed by smart technologies.

AI-driven tools can tackle unconscious bias head-on by flagging potentially prejudiced language in job posts and screening out identifying candidate information like names, photos, ages, genders. This enables more objective shortlisting focused purely on skills and experience.

Once hired, mentoring and upskilling platforms empower minority groups with equal access to growth opportunities. Sentiment analysis helps identify inclusivity gaps that need to be addressed across the employee lifecycle. The right tech provides the missing puzzle piece for organizations serious about multiplying the power of diverse perspectives.

10. Digital onboarding

First impressions matter. Cutting-edge digital onboarding platforms make new hires feel instantly welcome and equipped on day one. Interactive portals provide personalized checklists, training modules, and resources tailored to each role. Chatbots answer pressing questions on demand while collaboration tools foster connections between far-flung colleagues. Automated workflows for hardware, system access, and more remove hassle and headaches. When onboarding is this seamless, new hires hit the ground running.

Final word

The recruitment game is changing, and as with all things digital, you need to keep up or risk being left behind. These tools aren’t just bells and whistles; they’re essentials in the modern hiring toolkit.

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