How to recruit and keep great team players

Attracting top talent from an ever-growing pool of applicants gets tougher by the day. But the latest advancements in technology can be harnessed to help you source, filter and train new staff – and keep them. In this blog post we take a look at some of the top technology trends for 2019 that you can use to recruit and retain great team players!

Technology trends in recruitment

Some of the trends like social media, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning have been around for a while now. Technology moves fast though, and the latest software can handle repetitive tasks when it comes to recruiting new staff, giving you more time to focus on other aspects of your business. So – what technology should you be investing in for 2019 and beyond?

  • Artificial Intelligence
    There’s no need to be afraid robots will take our jobs – AI is here to make life simpler, handling the more repetitive tasks of recruitment, such as CV screening. AI-enabled recruitment software can automate the process of sourcing and filtering candidates, while chatbots can be used to respond to questions from candidates.
    But AI is also useful when it comes to testing candidates at interview. Already the interview process is becoming more high-tech, and you can harness the power of AI to create interview questions based on your company’s needs. Some organisations even use software to track eye movement, facial expressions and vocal qualities to determine whether candidates are simply nervous or being untruthful.
    The question of gender and racial bias when using AI has been a hot discussion point, but recent AI innovations are addressing these issues which should, over time, help increase ethnic and racial diversity in the hiring process.
  • Applicant tracking systems (ATS)
    Did you know that around 70% of recruiters are already using some form of applicant tracking system? Because compliance is increasingly important, ATS can help you by keeping track of your employee records and recruitment activity, giving you one less thing to worry about.
  • Predictive Analytics
    One of the biggest headaches when it comes to recruitment is choosing what seems like the ideal candidate, only to have them quit six months later. What if you could accurately predict whether your candidate will accept or reject your job offer, or whether the person you recruit will become a long-term team player or quit after a year? Predictive analytics can help you do all this and more. Some platforms can even compare two candidates, using voice analysis to look at speech characteristics and evaluate who is best for a given role.
  • Multi-posting Solutions
    Just as AI can be used to take care of repetitive tasks, multi-posting solutions can save you time when it comes to job posting. This is software that can be used to publish job postings to multiple boards, social media platforms and websites, speeding up the recruitment process.
  • AI and Machine Learning
    If you want to recruit the best candidates, it’s not always about hunting for new talent. AI and machine learning can be used to rediscover existing talent, searching databases for candidates who have previously applied to see if they are still interested in current roles. Machine learning can be used to screen CVs for keywords or phrases, and automatically send emails to candidates who are the right fit.

First recruit, then retain

Staff retention isn’t always as simple as it seems, but there are ways of using the latest technology to help. Training and development is key to ensuring your staff remain engaged, so here are a few things to think about this year:

  • Accessibility in training
    Accessibility is fast becoming this year’s training buzzword – making training available anywhere, at any time and on any device. Using ‘micro-learning’ where training is broken down into manageable chunks, also helps with accessibility.
  • Immersive technology keeps it fresh
    Augmented and virtual reality are becoming increasingly accessible and can be used to create a simulated training environment. For example, after providing sales training, a VR headset could be used to practice scenarios for an emotionally-connected customer experience that feels like the real thing!

Simplifying recruitment technology

Recruiting and retaining a great team doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The latest technology is designed to simplify the whole process, saving you time and allowing you to find the right people, fast. If you’re unsure where to start when it comes to using the latest technology to recruit, test and train new staff members, don’t hesitate to partner with a company who can help you plan, address and implement the best technology for your business.

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