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by Adrie Smith, Head of Content and Branding, Recruitee
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Collaborative hiring is no longer a recruitment method relegated to tech giants – technology is transforming the way teams are built.
Recruiters are some of the busiest people around. And while connecting candidates with companies and helping people make major career decisions should be rewarding, the time spent on administrative tasks is crippling.
It’s no wonder recruitment and HR is considered a tired, back-office function when employees are saddled with high-volume hiring and the mounting pile of paperwork and processes accompanying it.
Hiring has ramped up across industries, making the job market increasingly competitive and difficult to tackle for many recruiters. But compounding the issue, few recruitment teams have adjusted their systems and processes to adapt to this changing landscape.
On average, recruiters spend up to eight hours a week on repetitive manual tasks. This includes sourcing (or finding) candidates, screening CVs, scheduling interviews, sending standardised emails and performing other crucial tasks in the hiring process.
Many of these manual tasks in the hiring process are necessary. But they also come at the expense of truly connecting with candidates, building an attractive employer brand, and working on new ways to attract talent so that less time is spent on sourcing.
The disproportionate workload that recruiters are assigned has often meant that, when faced with multiple vacancies, companies engage external recruitment agencies for sourcing assistance. This has an undeniable impact on the scalability of a company’s hiring and cost per hire.
Simply put, the more time spent on repetitive tasks, the less time is spent getting to the bottom of applicants’ experience, skills or motivation. And the more likely companies are to turn to expensive and unscalable solutions to support their hiring needs.
“Hiring is becoming a core function of any business,” Perry Oostdam, Co-founder and CEO of Recruitee, a leading European hiring platform, explains. “No matter what your mission or goal is, people are the foundation of any organisation’s success.”
“That’s why the human connection is non-negotiable. And technology should really enable this.”
This is where collaborative hiring comes in. Collaborative hiring first got its buzz when tech heavyweights such as Google, Apple and Netflix adopted the then-experimental hiring methodology.
Collaborative hiring requires that the responsibility of recruiting new talent to be spread among teams, rather than centralised in HR, recruitment, or talent acquisition teams. These companies started inviting team members to take part in applicant screening, candidate assessments and interviews. The idea was that, with more people involved in hiring, recruiters could free up time to carefully assess and dig into applicants’ personal and cultural fit with the company.
The results were conclusive and impressive. Not only did collaborative hiring processes result in better-quality hires, but it also heralded other unintended impacts.
Companies experienced falling time-to-hire, rising employee engagement, decreased burn-out rate in recruitment teams and administrative workload, and improving candidate experience survey ratings.
Almost overnight, collaborative hiring has transformed from buzzword to best practice. But, sadly, the technology to cater to this trend has lagged behind.
When confronted with hiring for their first company, Oostdam and Recruitee co-founder and CTO Paul Smoczyk found it was not easy or straightforward. The applicant tracking systems (ATS) and recruitment software packages they encountered to assist them in hiring were clunky, enterprise-level products. They weren’t built for companies of varying sizes and were certainly not easy to navigate for recruiters, let alone the first-time hiring manager.
As a result, Oostdam and Smoczyk went on to create Recruitee, a talent-acquisition platform with collaborative hiring at its core: built for recruiters, hiring managers and team members alike.
With an easy-to-navigate platform, unlimited users and intuitive UX, Recruitee hopes to enable better connections within teams and facilitate collaborative approaches. Since its inception Recruitee has added automation and predictive analysis features that have helped free up recruiters’ schedules and enable better connections with candidates too.
Recruiters will always be busy because great recruitment is critical for growing, successful businesses. With more hands on deck and the right software in place, recruiters have the agency to shape a company’s success with their teams, focus less on administrative tasks and more on making lasting connections with talent that will drive their mission.
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