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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

Guest Blog – Four Stats Recruiters Need To Know, Now

Have you been wondering what stats your recruiters need to know?

Thanks to the record-low unemployment rate, hiring and recruiting are more difficult than ever. Job-seekers have their pick of positions, so keeping your process as streamlined and efficient as possible is key to convincing candidates to choose your company.

The hiring process is often treated as an indicator of how the job itself will be. According to a recent CareerBuilder and SilkRoad survey, 68% of employees believe their experiences as job candidates reflect how the company treats its people.

That same survey found nearly half of employers reported it’s taking longer to fill jobs than ever before. Continue reading

What Applying To 140 Jobs Taught Us About The Candidate Experience At North American Banks

Candidate Experience at North American Banks

In 2019 we struggled to find current research on the candidate experience at North American banks, so we conducted our own!

We wanted to understand exactly what today’s candidates experience at every step of the job search. To uncover meaningful results, we applied to 140 jobs, at 35 different banks. This article provides a deep dive into the recruiting process of key financial institutions in the North American market. To close, this article also summarizes examples of great candidate experiences and areas for improvement.

You might be surprised by what we found.

The State Of High-Volume Hiring at Financial Institutions

As the finance sector continues to be a strong source of economic growth, recruiting for financial institutions faces a new set of challenges. Continue reading

Guest Blog – 15 Second Interview Questions (And Why You Should Ask Them)

Second interviews are not just a formality, they are an essential way to really understand how your candidate ticks and whether they are the right choice for the job. These 15 second interview questions will help you select the cream of the crop of talent available to you and can make it much easier to choose between equally matched candidates.

What’s the point of a second interview?

Second interviews have a very different dynamic to first interviews. You’ve already established the candidate could be good for the job. You know their background is broadly relevant, they seem to have good interpersonal skills, they come across well in person, etc. Continue reading

A Guide For High-Volume Hiring

Is 2019 the time to improve your high-volume hiring?

Amazon is perhaps the biggest player in the high-volume hiring game among established enterprise companies, to the point that Googling “high-volume hiring” gets you their Force site for that exact function.

They’re not the only player in the high-volume hiring world, though: Lockheed Martin recently met a high-volume commitment, and it’s very common seasonally.

So, if you’re in that world and need hundreds — or thousands — of people within a narrow time window, what do you need to do to be successful?

The obvious buckets

As with any recruiting process, you need to make sure you:

    Communicate: This means being clear with candidates about timelines and expectations, but also making sure you are clear about times and locations for any large-scale events.
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High Turnover and Record Breaking Application Volume is Costing Santa $141,440,000 This Year

A pain-point for many high-volume hiring teams, Santa’s Workshop woes are all too familiar for retailers around the world, pushing many to adopt new AI-powered technology

Elf Volume

Like many retailers, Santa’s Workshop employs thousands of elves year-round with a huge increase in seasonal hiring.

Analysts estimate that at any one time Santa’s Workshop is employing 60,000+ elves with an increase to over 85,000+ elves worldwide over the holiday season.

Repeatedly ranked among the top 10 in Top Elf Employer lists, it is no surprise that Santa’s Workshop is flooded with over 14,000 online applications every single week (2,000 per day!). Continue reading

Guest Blog: Four Flawed Recruiting Tactics To Avoid And What You Should Be Doing Instead

Are flawed recruiting tactics truly fixable?

The problem

It’s the same thought all over: “Good talent is hard to find.”

However, why this old saw holds true for today’s employers varies. Candidates drive today’s market as unemployment is at a 30-year low, and 60 percent of job seekers are finding positions within two months of beginning their search. The truth is this: the market is tight for companies looking to attract and retain the best employees possible.

Employers have to bring their A-game when it comes to hiring the most qualified team members. However, a significant hurdle for many companies may be that they are holding onto harmful and flawed recruiting tactics. Continue reading

Guest Blog: How Is Tech Making Recruitment A 24/7 Service?

Is recruiting now longer your typical 9-5 job?

It’s no longer a 9-5

To say that technology has changed the traditional 9-to-5 is overly simplistic. Each new invention or improvement on existing internet technologies brings a new wave of innovation across all industries, and recruitment is no different.

Business is already undergoing rapid change, and is no longer relegated to the Monday to Friday “grind.” Case in point: a recent Gallup survey found that 35% of current employees would quit their job for the chance to move into a role that offered full-time remote or flexible work.

As these younger generations – known as Millennials and Generation Z – begin to enter the workforce, non-traditional working cultures are already starting to become the new normal. Continue reading

How To Get Off That Open Req Hamster Wheel

Are you struggling to have control over all of your open requisitions?

The problem and why it exists

True story: at a trade show in 2018, we met one recruiter from an organization in Florida who was outpacing all her colleagues in terms of billing by a factor of fifteen to one. Yes, it was third-party and not in-house, but her revenues were amazing. And none of her colleagues could figure it out. She never seemed to fill open reqs. How was she billing so much?

Short answer: she had the clients. But she was so good at building proactive pipelines that clients were coming to her before an open req and she was finding them the ideal person. Continue reading

Why Are You Working More Than 55 Hours/Week? (And How AI Can Help)

How does AI improve work-life balance?

Research has shown that about 55 hours of work per week is a hard ceiling on productivity.

We’ve probably all had weeks where we did work more than 55 hours and we’ve probably all had weeks where we didn’t, but told everyone we did (being “busy” is often glamorized in office settings). Interestingly, in the eyes of actual research, a person who works 54 hours/week is roughly as end-goal productive as someone who works 80 hours/week. Since we all want more time with friends, family, and Netflix, let’s look a little deeper into that gap. Continue reading

How to Add Talent Analytics To Your Recruitment Strategy

With U.S. unemployment rates below 4% according to the BLS, recruiters today are working harder than ever to find top talent. The last thing recruiters need is to waste their time pursuing the wrong recruitment sources for candidates.

This is just one area in which talent analytics plays a huge role in improving the speed and quality of a recruitment team.

While traditional applicant tracking systems (ATS) can provide some data that are used when analyzing recruitment teams’ effectiveness, they only tell a portion of the story such as time to fill and recruitment source used.

Talent analytics go beyond ATS data to look at the bigger picture by pulling in data from sourcing, hires, onboarding, retention, cost, and even CRM or project management tools you use to manage your hiring process. Continue reading