5 Ways recruiting tools will help—not replace—recruiters
September 18, 2017
In today's competitive talent market, recruiting tools are crucial for attracting and hiring the top candidates. A majority of companies are already utilizing a recruiting solution to guarantee that they are building an excellent workforce.
According to Capterra, 75 percent of recruiters use a recruiting or applicant tracking system. In addition, 94 percent of hiring professionals said that their applicant tracking system or recruiting tools have had a positive effect on their hiring process.
These tools empower HR recruiting professionals to efficiently find the best candidates out there and cut back on the amount of time they spend on mundane administrative processes. With a recruiting solution on their side, employers can experience the following benefits.
A candidate-driven application process
In 2015, 90 percent of recruiters said that recruiting was candidate-driven, which was an increase from 54 percent in 2011, according to Beamery and MRINetwork. An applicant tracking system, whether it appears on a company's website or on an iPad at a job fair, allows candidates to provide their information and easily apply to jobs.
With the proper recruiting solution, an HR recruiting professional no longer has to take a paper or electronic applicant and manually input or paste the data into a form. Instead, the candidate does all the work, and the HR person can go into the applicant tracking system to see all the necessary information.
Once the recruiting tools receive candidates' information, they can analyze which hires are going to be excellent in the available positions and which ones may not be a good fit. The predictive analytics tools within recruiting software are so powerful that they can anticipate business outcomes. The ability to understand likely outcomes of different decisions is vital at a time when a bad hire can cost a company between $25,000 and $50,000.
A pipeline of qualified candidates
For every corporate job opening, a HR recruiting professional will receive an average of 250 applications. It can take a few seconds or several minutes to read cover letters and resumes, which means that recruiters spend hours of their time just looking at resumes. Applicant tracking systems will automatically screen resumes, locate the right candidates and alert the recruiters. This saves them time that would be otherwise wasted on looking over resumes of unqualified candidates.
Simple interviews with AI
A typical interview lasts at least 30 minutes, according to U.S. News. Bringing in tons of potential employers for in-person interviews can take hours and hours. Today's recruiting tools include Artificial Intelligence, or AI, that do simple interviews over chat before scheduling an in-person meeting. That will cut down on the number of people that go into the office and only leave room for the top candidates to interview.
Save time for strategic thinking
All of these benefits give recruiters more time to focus on what they do best: The art of recruitment. HR professionals should not be wasting their precious energy on administrative tasks. They should be talking one-on-one with candidates and using their intelligence to find candidates who will push their companies forward. With recruiting tools, they can free up time, and use the science of recruiting tools to empower the art of it as well.
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