Despite the obvious human aspects of putting an employer in touch with a candidate and nurturing the relationship until, hopefully, the candidate gets hired, recruitment technology is helping to accelerate the process and improve the quality of candidates put forward.
As we move forwards through the 2017-18 financial year, there are still some forms of recruitment technology emerging and maturing – here are five of the hottest picks for the coming months.
1. The Gig Economy
One of the biggest buzzwords of the past year or so, the Gig Economy is finding maturity as online marketplaces spring up for an ever increasing number of niches.
These sites allow employers to find contractors on a per project basis, although they often require all communication to go via the website, rather than direct to the individual.
2. Chat Bots
Automated ‘live chat’ bots might not be 100% convincing, but they are an easy way to get information from website visitors without having someone physically manning the chat room.
In this way, candidates can provide their information in a more natural, conversational way, with the chat bot then compiling it all together into an application pack.
3. Social Recruitment
LinkedIn arguably kickstarted the social recruitment revolution, but more companies are embracing recruitment via the other social networks too – even those that are not meant specifically for business use.
The current main social networks have been around for a few years, but continue to evolve with new opportunities for paid ad placements and sponsored recruitment posts unlocking new options for employers.
4. Video and VR
Video conferencing continues to make its mark in the mainstream, as superfast broadband and high- definition webcams become commonplace in offices and other workplaces.
Although it might sound unlikely, virtual reality could represent the next natural evolution of this technology, especially as two-way live VR collaborations immerse candidate and employer in the same shared virtual interview room, regardless of distance.
5. Machine Learning
Machine learning, also sometimes called Artificial Intelligence, allows computers to learn fro patterns in data, rather than directly from programming, to analyse tasks too complex for a single human mind.
They can take huge amounts of data from applications, career histories, CVs and social network profiles, and spot the common threads to decide who is the best candidate for the job.