A New Pill to Ease the Hiring Headaches

by Hannah Stiff | Mar 10, 2020 12:36:24 PM

In a tight labor market, employers will try just
about anything to find the right hire. From the traditional “help wanted” signs
peppering a storefront to ads taken out in the local newspaper, the tried-and-true
hiring methods cannot lure enough workforce to overcome unemployment rates
hovering between 2-4% in the Northwest & Pacific regions.

So, what’s an employer to do?

Use the supercomputer, aka cell phone, in their
pocket or machine learning offered by emerging hiring software. Employers must
look online for hiring help. Turning to tech offers bosses the chance to find
employees near and far and in record time.

A recent survey from HR Daily Advisor that highlights
top recruiting strategies found that 51% of the 525 survey respondents are
currently using social media to aid in hiring. Nearly 75% of those surveyed say
they use online job boards, like Monster.com or Glassdoor, while 60% use online
communities like Linked In for hiring. Yet even in the digital age, 62% of
survey takers said they still advertise a job via word of mouth. The common
refrain among those surveyed was that their recruitment strategies varied
depending on the position they were trying to fill. A full 10% of respondents
reported that they had “no strategy at all” when hiring.

With no strategy at all worthy employers are
inevitably losing out on fabulous employees. No strategy, or a weak combination
of untested platforms leads to long, costly job searches, according to the tech
hiring company Recruiter Box. The solution? Recruiting software (or the secret
trips and tricks recruiting software employs). Specialized software allows
companies to track and streamline the hiring process. Though websites like
Recruiter Box offer their own brand of hiring help, their recipe isn’t hard to
follow.

First, attract top talent by making a case for
your company. What’s unique, wonderful and innovative about your company? Let job
seekers know what sets you apart and how the position for which you’re will add
to the company ethos. Second, create a simple system to evaluate top candidates’
resumes and application materials. While online hiring tools, like Indeed,
Glassdoor or Linked In can help you post a job, you need to make a plan for
what you’ll do when those applications start rolling in. If you feel
overwhelmed by sifting through resumes and keeping track of interviews,
recruiting software may be right for your company. Recruiting software also
helps with the third step in the hiring secret-sauce recipe. After you’ve
posted the job and reviewed the resumes, it’s time to get with your team and
choose a new employee. Again, keeping notes from various departments or players
involved in the hiring process can be daunting. If so, recruitment software can
help synthesize information into useful hiring data.

The Society for Human Resource Management further
illustrates the value of using technology and artificial intelligence to hire.
According to an article by Marina Arshavskiy for SHRM, people tend to be both
emotional and empathetic, often thinking with the heart, which might be lovely
in most matters.

“But in talent acquisition, logic often outranks
empathy,” Arshavskiy states.

By adopting a logical approach to hiring qualified
candidates, businesses better fill highly competitive positions. It is the need
for logic that makes AI and automated recruiting tools increasingly attractive
to HR departments and hiring committees, Arshavskiy states. Sudhanshu Ahuja is
CEO and co-founder of impress.ai, a Singapore-based HR & AI development
company. He says using AI ensures that qualified applicants aren’t funneled out
of the application pool early on and only qualified applicants remain in the final
applicant pool. This, he says, takes the hiring minutiae off HR managers’
plates, allowing them to fully focus on the final applicant pool.  

SHRM says Hilton Hotels recently transitioned away
from using a cumbersome 100-question survey when hiring new talent. Instead,
the hotel empire implemented a new hiring technology called HireVue. The
software helped Hilton streamline its hiring processes for efficiency, using a
combination of video interviewing and AI technology.

If speed is important to your business, hiring
software could help. SHRM notes that new video assessments paired with
predictive analytics take hiring from a weeks and months’ long process to as
short as five days. The HR company also notes the power of chatbots in new
hiring software. Chatbots are able to review resumes, gather pre-interview
questionnaires and perform psychometric profiling assessments (asking a
candidate questions and assessing responses to evaluate the candidate’s
appropriateness for a position). 

While AI chatbots and multi-feature hiring
software may seem a bit overwhelming for your company, there are many HR
professionals and online hiring platforms that can help you get started with
smart hiring. Or, if you’re ready to add more automation and less headache to your
talent acquisition routine, find a tech company to trust at bbb.org. We do the
work of vetting companies, so you can concentrate on hiring your next rock
star.  

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