It is not uncommon for HR professionals to be overworked. This is why technology is of utmost importance.
While there will always be tasks you have to complete “by hand,” advanced technology can go a long way in helping you save both time and money.
HR professionals are staffed with many responsibilities, including recruiting and hiring top notch talent. While some have a system in place for doing so, others continue to spin their tires in hopes of finding a strategy that works.
We recently discussed why career portals and the job application process should be mobile. Here is an excerpt that shows why this type of technology is important, both to the company and candidates:
“According to a September 2014 blog post published by Indeed, 78 percent of candidates were interested in applying for jobs via a mobile device. This is a huge number, especially when you consider the fact that it has likely increased over the past 12 months.”
Five Types of Technology
It is one thing to have access to technology. It is another thing entirely to have access to technology that will bring benefits to your company.
Below are five types of technology that have changed many HR departments for the better.
1. Mobile Friendly Website
This may not appear to be a big deal for the company, only for the candidates, but nothing could be further from the truth.
There is great value in providing a mobile friendly website. Think about the following:
- Easier for applicants to apply, meaning you don’t have to try as hard to generate interest in the job opening.
- Less questions from applicants, as they are able to access the website regardless of what type of device or operating system they are using.
With a mobile friendly website, there are no concerns that interested applicants won’t be able to apply in a timely and efficient manner. It doesn’t matter if they access the site from a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, there should not be any concerns on your end.
2. Mobile Career Portal
Everything about recruiting and hiring should be mobile. This technology may be new to you and your company, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it. You have to get on board with the idea that a mobile career portal can change the hiring process for the better, such as by saving the HR team hours of time.
Consider the old way of doing things: you advertise for a job opening, collect applications and resumes, sift through the paper, and then begin to make phone calls to setup interviews.
This is a timely and disorganized process.
With a mobile career portal, you can cut back on all the clutter. The system allows you to collect information online, compare in a robust environment, and make technology driven decisions.
It is worth nothing again that this benefits both the company and the candidates. It is a true win-win.
3. Online Job Application
Believe it or not, some companies are far behind in terms of how they collect job applications. They ask candidates to print an application, fill it out, and then submit via email or snail mail. This is not efficient for anybody involved.
With an online job application, any interested candidate can quickly provide the necessary information. And just as quickly, you will gain access to the information.
Not only does this allow you to save time when collecting data from interested applicants, but it does the same when faced with the task of comparing candidates.
Think about it this way: would you rather compare 100 paper applications, or would you rather use technology that can assist you with the process? There will always be some level of human input, but there is nothing wrong with letting technology provide a helping hand (more on this below).
4. Video Interviews
If you have ever interviewed candidates in person, you know one thing to be true: this can take up tons of time. Don’t be surprised if this sets you back several hours per day, for several days in a row. And that is just for one position.
There will come a point when you want to interview the top candidates in person. Before you reach this stage, however, you should consider the benefits of video interviewing. These include:
- Time savings for both parties.
- Money savings for both parties.
- Ability for multiple company representatives to take part in the interview.
- Record the interview and re-watch if necessary.
- Less stressful on the candidate.
Video interview technology may be new, but it is growing in popularity. Companies of all sizes are using this type of software to save time and money, while also improving many aspects of the interview process.
5. Reporting and Analytics
This is something we touched on briefly above, but let’s dig in a bit deeper. Technology, like our online recruitment system, allows you to learn more about each candidate. It also allows you to compare applicants based on cold hard facts.
Here is what we have to say about reporting and analytics:
“Our reporting dashboard includes activity summaries and detailed reports by day, week, month, and year for a variety of metrics important to your business.”
You never know what type of report will save you hours of time. You never know just how organized you can become until you have access to advanced reporting and analytics. Best yet, this type of technology allows you to make more informed and confident hiring decisions.
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It may not be easy to change your ways, but think about it like this: if you don’t alter your approach, you will continue to bog yourself down with unnecessary details.
Technology, like the free online recruitment system offered from Recruiteze has helped many HR professionals save time. It also puts them in position to save the company a lot of money.
If you have yet to experiment with the types of technology detailed above, now is the time to do so. Start using our online recruitment system today for free!
Do you have any other advice for HR professionals who want to implement technology in their day to day life?