Ideal blog

AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

Guest Blog – Quality Of Hire vs. Time To Hire

Have you been wondering about what the quantitative difference between quality of hire and time to hire is?

Recruitment involves dozens of metrics. It’s easy to fixate on each one without improving the hiring process. But there are two metrics that employers tend to value: quality of hire and time to hire.

We’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of these metrics. We’ll also provide best practices for striking the ideal balance between the two.

Quality of Hire

Quality can be a difficult aspect to measure. After all, it’s a subjective metric. But quality comes in many forms: ROI, productivity, and manager satisfaction. Continue reading

Guest Blog – How To Hire For Cultural Fit At Scale

Have you been curious about the best ways to hire for strong cultural fit in a high-volume setting?

It used to be that companies would hire based solely on skills and qualifications. “Culture” – if that word was ever used – was mostly a way to exclude candidates from the pool.

Of course, as you would know, this has changed drastically in recent years. More and more companies are using culture as a primary selection-criteria, even more so than skills or qualifications. One study even found that only 11% of failed hires are due to poor technical skills; the rest are due to poor cultural fit. Continue reading

Does The Marketplace Have A Skills Gap?

Has the idea of a skills gap been brought up in your organization?

Does a skills gap exist? And what should you do about it?

The idea of a “skills gap” has gotten considerable attention in the past year or so. The basic argument is very logical: Technology is evolving rapidly, and that’s created “gaps” where employers need specific skills, but it’s increasingly hard to find them. Considering the Internet itself is only 30 years old and many professions today have Internet skills/capabilities tied to them, it makes perfect sense that the “skills gap” must exist.

Or does it not?

There are arguments to the contrary on the skills gap

Recently there have been a number of discussions on the idea that the skills gap never really existed, notably here and here. 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

Can You Turn Employees Into Internal Customers?

Have you ever considered the idea that your employees are also your customers?

Let’s think through a new idea here: What if you started viewing your employees as internal customers? This might be a leap of thinking for a lot of people who run organizations, but it makes sense: employees work on the products and services that you ultimately sell for money. We tend to have developed strategies for our customers — customer service, customer success, customer experience — but our strategies around employees are less developed. Yes, we’ve talked more about employee experience and employee engagement in recent years, but we still spend way more time focused on customers than on employees. 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

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.
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

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