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How Technology is Transforming the Hiring Process in 2021

February 9, 2021 No Comments

Featured article by Russell Emmental, Independent Technology Author


Rapidly developing technology is a defining catalyst for change across all industries, and job recruitment is no different. Big tech has wholly upended the hiring process as we know it in the last ten years.

If you consider that people used to hand out resumes in person and big corporations put job ads in newspapers, the impact technology has had on hiring is impressive.

These days, job platforms like Indeed and ZipRecruiter are the norm. Let’s explore how software, apps, and other technology have enhanced the hiring process and what it means for human resources (HR) departments and staffing agencies.

Shorter Background Check Process

Some time ago, the background screening process was infamously lengthy, time-consuming, and inefficient. A paper-based process is also laden with errors and missing documents in extreme cases.

With tech, the question ‘how long do background checks take’ is a thing of the past. There is background check software that seamlessly integrates with the HR departments’ application tracking software (ATS). This allows for the easy handover of documents, real-time tracking of the process, and reduced errors.

You also don’t have to worry about sacrificing speed for accuracy or security. These tools are built to provide sensitive results on-time.

Finding Talent is Faster

HR departments were tasked with only finding locals, as their job ads could only go so far. That isn’t the case anymore. Today’s software tools let businesses identify and recruit talent from anywhere worldwide.

Coupled with systems that track and manage candidate applications, sorting and selecting from an enormous number of applicants has not only become more manageable but happens at the click of a button.

In cases where the hiring manager has identified talent, but the business has no available roles, these tools allow them to keep the candidate on file while waiting for an available opening. That way, they reduce the costs of candidate sourcing when a role opens up.

Saving Time via Video Interviews

The rise in video interviewing software means that HR leaders don’t have to go through the traditional interviewing process. In scenarios where the candidate lives across the globe, companies can save on transportation costs and only bring in the best candidates after the initial round of interviews via video.

In some cases, the whole process can happen via video. This benefits the hiring manager as they can join these interviews from anywhere. Video interviews take out the need to have everyone in one location before a meeting takes place.

Increased Productivity

Hiring can sometimes be a drain on an HR department’s overall productivity. After spending weeks posting listings and searching for applicants, it’s no wonder that even the best applicant managers get burned out.

This is most evident when the firm is recruiting dozens of candidates at the same time. For example, when trying to fill up trainee programs.

Automation technology simplifies the hiring process greatly, resulting in a more productive HR department and overall business. This can mean using software to track and contact candidates or revising the hiring process with an automation engineer.

You can use the ATS to shortlist and move candidates through the interview process faster than ever before with software that keeps track of candidate information. The hiring manager also finds it much easier to contact successful candidates and make an offer.

Final Thoughts

Today’s technology is changing the hiring process for the better – that’s a given. Businesses get access to a diversified, global talent pool to bring on the best staff for their businesses, while candidates find it easier to get their dream jobs.

Every business should take advantage of this list’s tech options during the hiring process! Consider investing in on automation software or engineers and consider moving your interview process to video meetings as a way to make fresh changes.

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