Nursing our New Year’s Eve hangovers and regretting the eight tonnes of chocolate we ate over Christmas, we struggled in to work this morning with slight headaches, giant extra-hot extra-strong coffees and really, really tight jeans. Opening our emails, we found thousands of applications from active candidates who speak fourteen languages, are the perfect cultural fit (for everything) and have experience using all the latest technologies in rapidly-growing, global startups… We wish.
Many things will change in 2018, but the shortage of active candidates will not be one of them.The scarcity of tech talent means the need to reach and engage passive candidates is as urgent as ever. Thankfully, sourcing passive candidates is becoming faster and more intuitive because of advances in AI and Big Data. As the price of recruitment software continues to drop and interfaces become more user-friendly, companies are incorporating data-driven techniques into their recruitment strategies. And it’s working.
How tech will change passive recruitment in 2018: Here are the four biggest tech trends to keep an eye on this year.
1. AIPrediction: We might get AI. We won’t get a pet robot dog. Although robot dogs probably won’t make it into our office this year (unfortunately), it won’t be long before AI software will be sourcing passive candidates on our behalf, or at least helping us do it. 62% of companies will be using some form of AI by the end of next year. This compares to only 38% at the beginning of 2017. AI software can already:
- pull candidates from external databases
- find relevant candidates in existing ATS applications
- automate the screening process already