The immediate future of recruiting
The best recruiters are those that are constantly ahead of the pack.
They are the ones that have the foresight to see the key trends in the industry, to identify change and therefore secure the best talent.
In today’s competitive market, this is even more relevant as companies seek swift results and quality hires, while candidates are looking for an effective and more personal application process.
The workforce is changing, the workplace is changing and HR has to change to keep pace.
Each year the recruitment industry takes a moment to reflect on what the trends will be for the year ahead and 2019 is no different. A quick search on Google brings up pages of results of opinions on what HR teams and the industry should be doing.
But you don’t need a crystal ball to know the key trends in 2019 – as they mirror 2018 and the year before that. However, the fact they are still the same indicates that people are either short on ideas, not listening, or NOW really is the time to adapt or truly get left behind.
The biggest shift in HR – and the most important trend for 2019 is digitalisation and automation. By the end of this year, there should be no more ‘manual’ elements to application processes. Businesses have to bring in automation and use artificial intelligence to their advantage. It will identify talent quicker and ensure that only the right candidates are interviewed. It will also speed up the process – ensuring good talent isn’t missed.
Evolving the candidate experience to boost your business. Candidates hold all the cards nowadays as they choose to work for you – not the other way around. So, be mindful of the unsuccessful candidates as they can do considerable harm to your businesses reputation and brand – all on the back of a poor recruitment process. Today’s candidates want a personal experience and one that does not leave them frustrated. No boring applications but gamification and chatbots is the way forward. Explore how you can enhance the process, so that unsuccessful candidates are left singing your praises.
Your recruitment processes have to think about the long game and not just the now. Short term recruitment fixes are no longer sufficient, especially for businesses with a long-term strategy. When hiring, think about future positions, about leaders and managers and whether that candidate in front of you can deliver that. Identify talent now that can fill gaps in the future.
Diversify your workforce for better productivity. This has been around for a while, but still needs reasserting. Your hiring processes have to work on delivering a multi-cultural, mixed workplace. It harmonises the workforce, enables each employee to bring the best out of each other and delivers a better return on investment for the business.
These are ways to improve your HR and recruitment and are worth exploring. Fortunately, none of this is new to us at Clarico. In terms of automation and the digitalisation of recruitment, we have been in that space for more than a year, using AI and online application processes. We are aware of how candidates like to be treated, especially Millennials and Generation Z.