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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

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

HR Tech Trends In 2019

Have you been wondering which HR Tech trends to focus your energy on? We’ve rounded out the most important trends for 2019.

What are HR leaders seemingly thinking about?

Per research from Gartner, here’s a slide about the priorities of HR leaders currently:

If you break down this list into broader categories, here’s what you come to:

Skills of your people Skills of your people Experience of your people Overall organization Digital/tech Talent Talent {Everything} Talent in the context of diversity Talent

You could argue (2) — about building a leadership bench — is also a “talent” issue, as is “building critical skills” (although that’s more about learning and development). Continue reading

The Rise Of AI: How Did This Happen?

Have you been wondering how the rise of AI began to trend and spread across the globe?

The rise of artificial intelligence

Consider the Industrial Revolution, which lasted somewhere from 60-80 years. Some are calling the current period “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Largely expected to be driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis, this Fourth Industrial Revolution will be compressed into the lifespan of a beagle.

This means absolutely massive changes for how we work and design processes within our work. AI, specifically, is already beginning to have a large impact in recruiting and hiring.

It is helpful now to look at where AI has been, where it’s at now, and where it might be going. 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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How AI Improves Hiring In Retail Banking

Wait, is AI actual helpful when hiring in retail banking?

It is, we promise

The Baby Boomer exodus is hitting financial services roles harder than most industries. We’ve touched on the issues around the exodus in the insurance industry, and now let’s look at what’s happening with retail banking. For context, retail banking is what you most often think of when you think of banking: mass-market, customer-focused, and centered on going into a branch and completing transactions.

What roles are typically available in retail banking?

There are dozens, but the big buckets include:

    Account Managers Client Service Reps Sales Reps IT Analysts

The commonality of those roles: communication and customer service. Continue reading

2019 Insurance Recruitment Trends

Have you been wondering what the insurance recruitment trends for 2019 will be?

No one can truly predict the future, but what can we broadly know about the bigger trends of 2019 in terms of insurance industry hiring? Here’s a few key takeaways:

The industry is graying

That means people are retiring, en masse. Industry publications have called it “a talent crisis,” and David Coons of The Jacobson Group has called it “unlike anything we’ve seen in the past.” You’re even seeing an Insurance Careers Movement now, which is dedicated to getting more young professionals interested in long-term insurance careers.

Screening-in vs. Continue reading

Guest Blog – How Your Recruiting Strategy Influences Employer Branding

Is it really possible for your recruiting strategy to impact your brand?

Employer branding is a vital piece of the hiring puzzle when it comes to organically attracting talent. Because human capital is an organization’s biggest asset, attracting the right kind of talent is a cornerstone to long-term growth, innovation, and overall company health.

Targeted recruiting tactics can tap into pools of talent that best align with an organization’s culture and values. But what happens when the talent you’re trying to recruit doesn’t see you in the same light? Your employer branding can make or break your ability to pick up the right people. Continue reading

Guest Blog – Four Recruiting Horror Stories And How To Avoid Them

Do you have some recruiting horror stories you’re embarrassed to share?

If you’re a seasoned recruiter, one thing is certain: You’ve had your share of unfortunate experiences on the job. Whether you made an honest mistake or found yourself a victim of bad luck, we bet you can recount several recruiting horror stories.

Some recruiting nightmares are inescapable, but here’s some good news: many recruiting mistakes can be avoided with a few simple changes to your routine or strategy. Today, we’re looking at several common recruiting horror stories—and providing you with the steps you can take to make sure these unfortunate circumstances never happen again. Continue reading

2019 CPG Recruitment Trends

Have you been wondering what the CPG recruitment trends for 2019 will be?

Let us tell you the truth

Amazon has an outsized influence on much of modern business (and day-to-day life for many), and it’s no different in consumer packaged goods (CPG) recruitment. Amazon’s shifted the way recruiters think about filling CPG roles:

CPG manufacturers are focusing more of their resources on enhancing the overall mobile commerce experience. This is accomplished through bolstering brand engagement, simplified ordering and enhancing overall convenience. Since most modern customers want effortless mobile experiences, they are demanding advanced search capabilities along with simple checkout options. Continue reading

How AI Changes Hiring For Insurance

Is there a best practice when using AI to hire for insurance roles?

What is the current situation?

In general, hiring in the insurance industry across North America has stabilized in recent years, with 58 percent of employers saying they plan to expand jobs into 2019. As with other white-collar industries, though, there’s still a perception of a “skills gap,” i.e. key roles are hard to fill. This can often be solved by increasing wages, but not every insurance company has the ability to do this.

As Monster.com has noted, however, insurance is often the “Rodney Dangerfield” industry, i.e. “can’t get no respect.” One of the issues is candidates not fully understanding the scope of roles. Continue reading