The Applicant Manager Blog

14 October, 2020

Human Element of Recruiting Cannot Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence

In theory, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) gives companies the ability to pass human recruiting tasks on to automated tools. Not only does this delegate the prescreening process to a robot, it can also prevent would-be candidates from even becoming applicants. This would effectively reduce the need for “turndown” or rejection letters, at least within the initial phase of the recruiting process.

In an effort to decrease the high volume some recruiting teams deal with, A.I. tools handle prescreening questions, skills assessments, and even administer challenges or tests that a potential applicant would need to pass before being moved on to the next step in the process. The next step being the part where they deal with an actual human.

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7 October, 2020

Is Your Online Employment Application Applicant Friendly?

You’re confident that you have a great company culture. Your current employees are happy and retention is at an all-time low. Why, then, are you struggling to get enough applicants to fill your open positions?

More than likely, the problem is with your online application process.

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30 September, 2020

What Employers Must Know When Drug Screening Applicants

Did you know that the percentage of US employees testing positive for drugs has increased over the past 2 years? This includes an increase in usage across nearly all workforce categories and drug test specimen types, according to Quest Diagnostics. Drug screening is an effective way to screen out applicants with drug abuse problems.

Most private employers can decide whether to test for drug use at their own discretion. However, there are some exceptions. The federal government does regulate safety-sensitive industries. For example, companies hiring drivers have to follow drug testing regulations put in place by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

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23 September, 2020

How to Improve Recruiting in Hospitality by Leveraging Technology

Perhaps no other industry in the employment marketplace has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as much as the Hospitality industry. Due to the nature of the professions within this industry, you can understand why the pandemic has had such a detrimental effect.

But as anybody who works or has worked in Hospitality can attest, it was a unique and complex industry before the pandemic began. In fact, it’s unlike any other. As a result, HR is often plagued by challenges and obstacles not encountered by those working in other industries.

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16 September, 2020

When and Why Video Interviewing Might Be Right for Your Business

We've addressed the benefits and advantages job video interviews before in this blog. And of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced most employers to utilize video interviews when screening candidates for their open positions.

Here's the good news. The video interviewing of the past was expensive. It required costly, bulky equipment, and required coordinating a time and place with compatible equipment on the other end. Now, almost everyone has the capability and access to conduct video interviews via phone, tablet or laptop.

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9 September, 2020

How to Hook Good Applicants with Strong Employment Branding

Building a strong brand presence should be more than just a focus for the marketing team. Creating a positive employment brand is an important component when it comes to recruitment. Companies like Google and Salesforce have reputations for being great places to work, from their creative and collaborative work environments to excellent perks, like Google's free cafeteria for employees. When a company has a reputation for being an awesome place to work, applicants come flocking.

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2 September, 2020

Why Good Communication with Job Applicants is So Important

Put yourself in an applicant's shoes. When they apply for a job at your organization what is their experience? Do they receive an acknowledgement that their application has been received? Will they be contacted even if they're not a good fit or when they fail at a step in the recruiting workflow?

What some employers don't realize is that not only do most candidates expect an automated reply that acknowledges their application, the majority also expect a personal email response and even anticipate a phone call.

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26 August, 2020

How to be a Good Recruiter: 4 Easy Steps to Hiring Success

In today's technology-driven world, you might think automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will soon overtake the field of recruiting and hiring.

But slow down! Technology plays its part, of course, but human-to-human interaction is still the most important piece of the puzzle. Recruiting best practices are difficult to learn and apply, which is why you should strive to become a good recruiter, if not a great recruiter.

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