2017 recruitment and hiring trends were marked by a rise in automation and increased focus on both workplace safety and meaningful diversity. 2018 builds on these hiring trends and moves into new realms of innovation, possibility and human evolution.
The following six employer recruitment and hiring trends should be considered by all organizations and HR departments going forward:
1. Interviewing, Assessment and Training Through Video Conferencing
Video conferencing technology is more effective than ever before, with fewer glitches and greater reliability. This hiring trends is influencing how candidates are screened as well as how staff are onboarded. Assessment can take place more efficiently, saving both the employer and the candidate valuable time.
This hiring trend will be particularly valuable for workers who telecommute and/or work remotely. Geographic location is becoming less and less relevant in terms of work and staffing.
2. AI (Artificial Intelligence) For Data Processing
The rise of Google, the search algorithm and advanced computing have influenced all industries in profound ways. Employment recruitment, screening and hiring trends are no exception. Plugging in data about each applicant allows for automated screening based upon experience, skills, history and other parameters to help screen and qualify candidates. This can yield valuable analytics and make the hiring process more efficient and effective, saving organizations both money and time.
3. Outsourcing Background Checks
Technological advances make financial and criminal background screening easier than ever before. This is especially true when enterprises partner with experienced, professional employment screening providers. This allows businesses to stay focused on their areas of expertise while delegating this important area to a trusted partner. An experienced pro can help to ensure thorough and compliant background screening in key areas.
4. Balancing Technology with the Human Touch
While 2018 hiring trends will bring more advanced technologies for recruitment and hiring than ever before, it will be tempered by a realization that the human influence is extremely important to the process. Organizations will recognize this and take steps to balance automation with personal contact during the process.
5. Branding the Workplace
Effective branding is key to success for every enterprise. However, the movement toward branding workplaces as more appealing than competitors’ will also continue this year. From raising awareness about a corporate culture to recruiting on social media, branding the workplace will continue to be a hiring trend in 2018. This will help to organically draw in applicants who resonate with the culture of a business, making them more likely to be a natural fit within the organization.
6. A Focus On the Candidate
Courting and focusing on job candidates has been trending in the past decade and will continue in 2018. Making the process efficient and respectful to the candidate’s time will now be a greater priority. This will be even more possible with the new technologies available and influencing the recruitment, hiring and screening process. Items within benefits packages will reflect a respect for workers and the work-life balance.
The recruiting, hiring, screening and onboarding process for employers is evolving rapidly. Companies should be aware of these hiring trends and stay abreast of the best ways to enhance their own approaches. The result will be a higher quality experience for both applicants and staff going forward.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide professional or legal advice regarding actions to take in any situation.