What’s coming up in recruitment tech in 2017?

Each new year brings with it new recruitment tech that promises to transform the process of finding and hiring the best talent, and with the pace of technology seeming to get faster all the time, 2017 has some very promising developments on the horizon.
Here’s our pick of the top recruitment tech for 2017 and how it could change the way we all apply for jobs or hire new recruits not only this year, but for the future as well.

Not Even Close
A growing number of people work remotely, so it makes sense for remote recruitment to become more of a thing too, with candidates applying online, interviewing online, and ultimately working online if they are successful.
In 2017, video via webcam or smartphone app is only likely to play more of a role in the whole process, while digital CVs are also increasingly likely to include a short video clip of the candidate to demonstrate their confidence and clarity when communicating.

Farewell to the Phone?
Traditionally the phone has been at the core of recruitment, from appointment setting through to offering the successful candidate the job, and email has never really replaced the immediacy of a voice conversation.
Instant messaging merges the two, for the convenience of text messaging with the immediacy of a live call, while smartphone and desktop apps mean there are now more alternatives than ever to that telephone call, especially in digital industries where candidates are more ‘connected’ than most.

Joined-Up Thinking
That connectedness applies not only to candidates, but to recruiters too. The pipeline from LinkedIn profile to email/phone call to interview has been blurred by broader use of social media and candidate information collected from a more diverse selection of sources, and in 2017 that new approach is reaching maturity.
If LinkedIn was Recruitment 2.0, then this is Recruitment 3.0 as we stop approaching candidates from such a linear perspective and, as an industry, become more comfortable with assimilating information to build up a much richer candidate profile from career history right through to social interactions and personality.

Big-Brand Platforms
Finally, the emergence of platforms like Facebook Workplace and the Google Cloud Jobs API mean that the behemoth brands of the internet are muscling in on the recruitment sector more and more, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Just as these internet giants have enabled much more flexible business practices with their cloud platforms for collaboration and document sharing, 2017 could finally be the year they apply their ingenuity to recruitment, creating new and elegant ways to appoint talented candidates in the coming 12 months.

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