The VGP Blog

Leveraging Technology In Your Hiring Process

Date posted: July 31, 2013

In addition to Automated Resume Screeners, there are a plethora of other tools and software available to help streamline your hiring process. However, a company must first be clear in what type of candidates they’re seeking out and on what scale. No matter how great the tool may be, it is only as effective as its user.

Job posting sites are a great place to start given the rising accessibility of computers and the increasing number of job seekers, but statistically provides better results for corporate companies hiring in bulk compared to smaller businesses and firms looking for specialized character traits and/or trade skills.

When posting jobs online you’re projecting the position’s potential out to thousands of people, most of who aren’t even in your company’s geographic area. However, given that many job seekers are willing to move for the right opportunity, video conferencing can be leveraged as a great tool to pre-screen applicants before flying them in town to interview. Companies can acquire a high quality camera for a small investment and utilize free services such as Skype to conduct professional meetings from virtually anywhere.

Social Media is quickly becoming the recruiting go-to given the vast amount of information available about prospective candidates. After filtering through resumes and finding good fits on paper, a quick Google search can reveal a lot about prospects who have an active Social Media presence. By taking a few minutes to shift through this information during a pre-screening, employers can save hours in valuable time they would have previous invested in interviewing every candidate.

While there are countless benefits to integrating technology into the hiring process, when getting into the realm of pre-screening, those doing the choosing must be careful to not discriminate based on protected class characteristics, which include a candidates age, gender, and race. With so much information instantly available about prospects, pre-screeners can often walk a fine line, and must do their best to remain neutral to these specific characteristics, keeping in mind that at the end of the day their job is to choose the best qualified candidate based on their skill set, not their appearance.

An executive recruiting agency like VGP Recruit can help you leverage technology without wasting time and resources. We filter through the hundreds of sites to help you find the ones that are most important to your business.