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The Future of Talent Search: Get in Front, Not Behind

Clare Hopping

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The future of talent recruitment is upon us. As job demand increases, more companies are looking to alternative talent selection processes in an effort to save time. Soon we’ll be saying goodbye to traditional recruitment and introducing more streamlined approaches.

Times Are Changing

According to a recent Universum survey of CEOs and HR professionals, the workplace is becoming increasingly more social. This means that personality and communication skills have supplanted grades and academic achievements as the qualifications that companies value most in young recruits.

The survey suggests that, though academic qualifications are still important, they don’t guarantee a strong work performance. For this reason, interesting new methods are being used to measure one’s personality and “soft skills.”

Employers are always looking for right-fit candidates. According to 'Recruitment 2020', a study by Demos, “Subjective, tacit judgements about people’s personal qualities and approach to work are needed in order to identify candidates with the right blend of skills, behaviours, and aspirations.”

A set of academic qualifications on a piece of paper can’t prove that an interviewee can succeed within the company, but one’s personality can certainly provide some insight into whether or not he or she would be a “right fit” for the job.

The emphasis on social qualifications will affect the talent selection process, as measuring one’s personality and communication skills in an interview is a lot harder than evaluating an academic transcript. As a result, more companies are looking at alternative interview approaches like video presentations and online video calls for a better look at their candidates’ personalities.

Time Is of the Essence

Another reason for the change in talent selection is the desire to save time. Some employers receive hundreds, if not thousands of CVs a day, which means they have to schedule a lot of interviews. The more interviews they hold, the more difficult it is to recall the specifics of each meeting, making the talent search more exhausting.

Nowadays, employers are looking for alternatives to traditional interviews, not only to save time, but to allow for better deliberation when ultimately deciding which candidate to hire.

Reducing Time Wasted

All employers want top talent – the trouble is that they have to sift through a lot of candidates to find it. When candidates reach the interview stage, companies have taken to online video interviews, as it’s easier to detect character traits when the interview can be replayed at the recruiter’s discretion.

Time to Get in Front

It’s important to start adapting talent selection processes sooner rather than later. Times are changing – the future of recruitment is upon us, and it’s happening whether we like it or not. As businesses expand and job demand increases, the advancement of recruitment processes will become a necessity.

Companies that continue to rely entirely on traditional interviews will be unable to keep up with those using new recruitment methods that minimise time and money spent.

Clare Hopping

Clare Hopping has been involved in the recruitment of both full-time employees and freelance staff for ten years. She specialises in recruiting staff via social media and digital platforms.