What role does technology play in the recruitment process?

Skype Interview

Recruitment is at the heart of every business. It provides the mechanism for establishing a fantastic workforce and is crucial to ensuring that your organisation always has access to the best, and most suitable, people. Technology has driven change across many sectors, including recruitment. Today, the most effective recruitment processes integrate technology to improve and optimise all outcomes.

Technology as a time saver

The interview process is one of the most time consuming parts of recruitment and requires considerable time allocation on both sides. Technology provides many ways to make this more efficient, such as video interviewing, which offers the opportunity for a virtual face-to-face interview at the convenience of both parties. Video interviews give candidates flexibility and enable a higher volume of interviews to be conducted without any drop in quality.

Making contact with candidates

Technology provides a platform to reach out to a much broader spectrum of candidates in a range of different locations and across multiple origins. It creates a far wider reach than most organisations could achieve alone, generating a potential pool of candidates with more breadth and depth.

Using technology to refine candidate choices

Manually analysing available candidates can be incredibly time consuming and is not always consistent or accurate. While later stages of a recruitment process may require more human input, early on candidates can be quickly and simply sourced and sorted using software and systems. Freeing up human time to focus on those candidates who already have the foundation skills, experience and qualifications that are required for the role can make the end results of the process more successful.

Testing for the fundamentals

Online testing is easy for candidates to carry out at their own convenience and gives businesses a concrete set of data to add to other information about that candidate, such as CV and interview record. Online testing can be set up to monitor and analyse a wide range of skills and competencies and adjusted for the role and the business in question.

Improving productivity and outcomes

Technology makes recruitment processes more efficient and improves productivity. Features such as automation can reduce the time spent on repetitive processes within recruitment and data management ensures that candidate information is efficiently stored and easily accessed. Manually organising candidate details can be a waste of human resources – technology is not only more efficient but reduces the potential for mistakes and omissions too.

Improving strategic decision making and planning

The sheer volume of data that can be compiled during a recruitment process can contribute significantly to ongoing strategic decision making and planning. Data can be used to refine the recruitment process to make it more efficient and more in touch with the broader business. Without the metrics technology can generate, recruitment can sometimes be inefficient and burdensome for the business as a whole.

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to supporting businesses in using every resource to make recruitment more effective. Contact 2i Recruit today to talk to one of our specialists.

Contact 2i Recruit