Competition for skilled candidates might be tough, but the good news is that the rise of new tech trends can help your HR team to refine recruitment drives to ensure a process of candidate-selection which bases its judgement on authentic skill. This article will discuss how to upgrade the quality of your candidate assessment and to reduce the pressure of the recruitment drive for both you and your staff.
Why So Important?
The traditional interview can be limiting; not all candidates perform well in this type of assessment, while others are great at ‘talking the talk’ but once given the job, fall short of your expectations.
Meanwhile, interview and workplace bias is nothing new either. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) reported that between 2004 and 2014, discriminatory behaviour in Irish workplaces rose from 41% to 50%. A further Irish study by the CSO called ‘Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market’ revealed results that showed that black non-Irish people were five times more likely to experience recruitment discrimination compared to white Irish people.
Another study by the CSO showed that almost 7% of women had experienced discrimination at work with pregnancy been cited as a reason for exclusion multiple times through the report.
New tech adoption within HR offers the opportunity to overcome these limitations, rectify these instances of unconscious bias and diversify the Irish workforce.
Think About Your Staff, Not Just New Staff
o Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Sometimes the administrative efforts required to organise final interviews can distract from staff preparation.
It is imperative that you train senior colleagues to interview effectively and agree on what qualities they would like in a new team member.
Interview panels with a mix of men and women will put your diversity values into action and are also the best way to allow multiple perspectives to weigh in on the candidate’s suitability.
New Interviewing Trends
- Personality Tests
Applicants can take online personality tests and pre-interview skill assessments, collecting an online fingerprint of candidate skillsets. This helps your HR team to make the right recruitment decisions and choose the best fit candidates for the job.
- AI Video Recruiting
The use of this tool resulted in 17% more individuals of colour were hired as well as far more women. Your workforce can be diversified, while the recruitment drive is simplified for your existing staff – a result for any HR team.
- Predictive Analytics
The use of Predictive Analytics can take away heavy administrative burdens for your staff and give time back to your HR team to spend on what really matters – getting to truly understand candidates, their needs and wants, and their ability to fit in with your company culture.
These tips and tricks can reinvent the way you hire by cutting down on the workload in the early stages and upskilling your staff to effectively manage the final decision-making process.
Through the usage of online tests to gauge the holistic and practical abilities of the prospective colleague, your HR Department can keep your recruitment drive to an efficient timescale and choose candidates based on relevant results and the final weigh-in of your expertly trained colleagues.
These trends demonstrate how your HR team are a much-needed tool to futureproof your workforce – invest in it and ensure your hiring process is as effective as possible.