How Recruitment Automation Can Eliminate Inefficiencies

Friday, January 8, 2021

As businesses look to reduce their costs in times of economic uncertainty while managing their hiring needs, the need for recruitment automation is more important than ever.

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Technology in HR is no longer just about supporting processes. It's more than that. Organizations are investing in various tools in the hope they add value and make a difference to the workforce. With hiring needs always fluctuating, recruiting teams can find themselves stretched when hiring volumes increase. In recent years, this has led to a rise in the popularity of AI for recruiting. As hiring professionals continue to face these challenges, the interest in recruitment automation tools is only growing.

There are various recruitment automation tools that hiring professionals can use and these come with a huge range of benefits. The most important of which is that organizations can eliminate inefficiencies in their hiring strategy. 

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These tools can automate processes that previously had to be done manually, freeing up time and augmenting a recruiter's capabilities. If you're not already making the most of recruitment automation tools to eliminate inefficiencies, here are four reasons why you should.

1. These tools can help recruiters to find the top candidates

Talent pipelining tools can help recruiters to identify qualified candidates through progressive profiling. They can then streamline these candidates into different talent pools and segments based on their skills, qualifications, and other important factors.

This can hugely reduce the manual workload of recruiters, delivering them a talent pool to choose candidates best suited to the role. These talent pipelines can also send automated responses to candidates who may not be an ideal fit for the job, so they don't feel that their resume has just got lost in cyberspace.

2. Recruitment automation can reduce time to hire

One of the greatest benefits of recruitment automation tools is reducing the time per hire. In the first instance, applicant tracking systems and screening technology can help deal with large volumes of applications and ensure only the best candidates are shortlisted. This is great news given that a recruiter spends an average of 23 hours screening resumes for a single hire.

Other ways that automation tools can save time are through candidate communications and cutting down on interview times. Chatbots and automated emails can help keep applicants in the loop and digitized interview technology means recruiters can speak to more candidates in a shorter period of time.

All these aspects of the recruitment process: screening resumes, communicating with candidates, and interviewing, can be time-consuming without the support of automation. By eliminating inefficiencies like these, organizations can also reduce the cost per hire and the time to hire.

3. Screening and interviewing tools can improve job fit

Digitized interview technology can help improve job fit, which in turn can lead to higher retention rates. This is done by analyzing the language, speech pattern, and body language of candidates via recorded video interviews. Although the decision to hire won't be based on this alone, interview technology provides additional data points that can help recruiters assess candidate fit quicker and easier. Screening tools are also helpful ways of assessing fit more effectively.

What's more, using these automation tools not only improves job fit but can also help eliminate unconscious bias. Whether we like it or not, we all have unconscious bias and this can impact hiring decisions. By letting technology do a large proportion of the work, organizations are more likely to find the best fit for the role and build a more diverse workforce by keeping bias out of the hiring process.

4. Automation can enhance candidate experience

Recruitment automation can be a great way to enhance the candidate experience. This is done largely through continued communication and support, even when recruiters aren't available. This is also great news for hiring professionals as it frees up time that used to be spent communicating with both successful and unsuccessful candidates. This time can then be refocused on creating relationships with successful applicants.

While AI-powered chatbots and automated emails play a huge role in boosting candidate experience, they can also offer real-time feedback and answer any FAQs that candidates might have. They can also be used to automate screening and scheduling. So ultimately, they can enhance both the candidate and the recruiter experience.

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