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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

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

HR Tech: A New Play For Financial Services

Have you ever considered HR tech in financial services?

You probably wouldn’t expect a large bank to dabble in HR technology. HR seems compliance-driven, and what banks do seems very revenue-driven. Those are often very different lines of business/business models. But banks are increasingly entering the HR space. Note this from The Wall Street Journal:

Investment banks better known for big trades and mega-mergers are descending from the C-suite to pitch for business managing companies’ employee-benefit programs. It isn’t a glamorous business but it offers the type of sticky, predictable revenue that bank shareholders want—and executives are willing to embrace—as core Wall Street businesses struggle. 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

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

Diversity And Inclusion: A Business Case

Are you trying to make a case for diversity and inclusion in your organization?

No organization will actively reject the idea that diversity and inclusion programs are good things for their business.

Once you get past the “OK, no one is outwardly saying no to this idea” phase, you get to more complicated ground, though: what are companies actually doing about diversity?

And then you come to this: can you actually build a business case around diversity and inclusion? What does that look like?

Follow the bouncing ball

The first important situation is simply dealing with standard organizational process. To put anything in play at most companies, you need to present a business case. 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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What Candidate Experience Platforms Really Are

Is a candidate experience platform really a thing?

Indeed, it’s becoming one. Increasingly in the HR Tech and Human Capital Management System market, you’re seeing companies design candidate experience platforms, which are recruiting solutions with a focus on the candidate’s steps foremost in mind.

To understand this market shift, we need to unpack a few ideas first. First: let’s define candidate experience.

What is candidate experience?

The basic idea is treating any job applicant (candidate) to your company in a respectful, transparent manner. This includes:

    Letting them know where their application stands Communicating with them and answering questions about the process If they don’t get the job, offering some degree of context or explanation Not spamming them with product/service emails just because they’re in the database as a candidate Showing up for interviews and other appointments during the process

All of the buzz surrounding the idea of “ghosting” in the hiring process is the opposite of candidate experience. Continue reading

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