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The Future of Hiring: How Technology is changing the Recruitment Landscape

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Nital Shah

Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Uplers. He is responsible for driving global operations, streamlining processes and systems, and aligning people practices to make hiring and getting hired reliable, simple, and fast for Uplers' clients and the professionals in its Talent Network.
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Use of technology in hiring

 

The last few years have been frantic. The pandemic, surge in demand for certain tech skill sets, quiet quitting, and the great resignation. Then came the economic uncertainties and business volatility, and newer trends like quiet hiring where companies are looking to upskill employees and retrain them for newer roles, opportunities for contractual staff and the rise in distributed teams and remote-first organizations.

 

Creating opportunities:

With the growth of economies around the world, there has been a significant rise in the number of jobs over the years. But with growth comes a new set of challenges, and the recruitment process is no exception. Job opportunities for Indian tech and digital talent have surged, especially with global companies offering remote jobs for which Indian talent is a strong fit. Organizations are now building much more agile teams that are assembled quickly, deliver on goals, and then team-members take up other projects within the same or different organization.

 

Challenges in hiring landscape:

Speed of hiring, talent vetting through advanced AI & ML, matchmaking talent-clients, and on-going support for long-term contractual remote staff becomes important. Progressive organizations are evolving their organizational culture to keep pace with these massive changes. And recruitment teams and hiring managers are forced to think about culture-fit much more than earlier given the rise of ‘remote by default’ model. We’ve indeed come a long way.

 

Recruitment using Digital Aids:

Several years ago, the recruitment process was done manually, which was a tedious and time-consuming process. However, with the advent of technology, recruitment has become more efficient, quicker, and more accurate. Today, companies have access to a wide range of technological tools to help them recruit talent from around the world. Job posting websites, social media platforms, and applicant tracking systems have made it easier for companies to find and attract the right candidates. One of the most significant benefits of using technology in recruiting is the ability to do it at scale. Companies can reach a larger audience of potential candidates with online job postings and social media ads.

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Faster and Comprehensive Screening of Candidates:

Technology has not only changed how candidates connect with employers, but it has made all aspects of recruitment easy, fast, and reliable. The screening process has become more efficient, with the use of technology enabling companies to evaluate candidates’ technical skills, personality traits, communication abilities, and employment history. The use of online assessments, coding challenges, psychometric testing, video conferencing tools, and background checks has streamlined the process and made it more effective.

 

The new work force of 21st century:

The needs and desires of people have evolved with time, and technology has aligned the evolving requirements of people with evolving company culture and the recruitment landscape. For instance, job seekers today are looking for more than just a paycheck. They want work-life balance, flexible schedules, and opportunities for professional growth. In response, companies have had to adjust their recruiting strategies to meet these changing demands. Fortunately, technology has made it possible for companies to offer more than just a paycheck. Remote work options, flexible hours, and personalized training programs are just a few examples of how technology has helped companies meet the evolving needs of job seekers.

 

Technology adding more diversity to the workplace:

In addition, technology has enabled companies to create a more diverse and inclusive work force. Recruitment tools can help companies eliminate bias in their recruitment process, ensuring that they hire the most qualified candidates, regardless of their background. This not only leads to amore diverse and inclusive workplace but also helps companies tap into new talent pools and drive innovation.

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In conclusion, technology has played a significant role in the recruitment landscape, and it will continue to do so in the years to come. It has made the recruiting process more efficient, quicker, and more accurate for present and future hiring needs. With the help of technology, companies can now attract and retain the best talent, create a more diverse and inclusive work force, and drive innovation.

Having said all of that, hiring and line-management is a people-centric function, and the role of strong interpersonal relationships cannot be undermined. Technology is an aid, but people practices are perhaps called so for a reason!

 

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