Technologies in the Recruiting Industry: Pros and Cons

Guest Post | Nov 29, 2022

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Should You Use Technology in Recruiting? Pros and Cons Revealed!

Did you know over 80% of recruiters now rely on technology to find leads, manage their recruiting pipeline, and track all of their recruits? Recruiting software is now extremely popular; some of the top solutions include signalhire.com and Zoho Recruit. However, while recruiting technology undoubtedly has benefits, it can also lead to some downsides. In this article, we will look at the pros and cons of using technology in recruiting.

Pro 1. Saves Time and Money

The biggest benefit of recruitment software is just how much time it can save your team. Recruitment software allows you to automate a number of tasks, such as screening, scheduling interviews, and even conducting interviews.

Recruitment software allows you to reduce your number of recruiters, which can slash your expenses, instantly driving up your profit. Alternatively, you can free up the time of your recruiters so they can work on other projects and or pursue new leads.

Recruitment software allows you to easily keep track of thousands of recruits. Your recruiters don’t have to worry about manually screening resumes or going through every single recruit and scheduling a time for an interview. Instead, you can get your team to focus on tasks recruitment software hasn’t mastered, such as analyzing a recruit’s soft skills or determining their level of cultural fit.

Pro 2. Increased Efficiency

Efficiency is all about finding the best recruits in the shortest amount of time while spending the least amount of money. Recruitment software is so powerful because it instantly impacts all three efficiency aspects.

Recruitment software does not require significant capital outlay and typically can be purchased for a reasonable monthly fee. It is also designed to be used by non-technical staff so you can quickly train your team on how to use the software.

Recruitment software can speed up the entire recruitment process by allowing you to tap into a database filled with amazing recruits. You can quickly search the database based on the skills and experience you need and instantly find a number of viable candidates that meet your criteria.

Another way this powerful software increases your recruiting efficiency is by ensuring you move talented recruits through your pipeline. Without software, it becomes easy for recruits to fall through the gaps as you forget to send them emails or schedule an interview. These errors can lead to star recruits taking roles with competitors and really hamper your company’s overall growth.

Recruiting software can also play a big role in finding leads and initially connecting with recruits. For example, you can use a Google Chrome Extension to pull a recruit’s email and direct number from their LinkedIn profile, allowing you to get in contact and pitch your company. Reaching the recruit directly can result in a 46% higher connection rate!

Pro 3. Enhanced Applicant Engagement

Technology is completely changing the way recruits interact with the recruiting process. Technology has allowed companies to significantly shorten the recruitment cycle. For example, a recruit can fill out a quick application, upload their resume, complete a test and instantly know if they have progressed to the next round. Then they can schedule an interview for the next day and, within a week, be starting their new role!

Speed is incredibly important in the recruiting process as candidates are applying for multiple jobs and will often take the first good opportunity they receive. If you can leverage recruiting software to speed up your recruitment process, you will often get the first pick for star candidates.

Another way technology helps recruits stay engaged is via the use of chatbots. Candidates can have all of their answers instantly answered. This prevents the drop-off rate, keeping a higher percentage of candidates progressing through your recruitment pipeline.

Con 1. Accuracy and Reliability Problems

Unfortunately, recruitment software is only as good as the data you feed into it. If you don’t have enough leads or are entering incorrect information into the software, then it won’t be able to improve your recruitment process.

There is also the issue of correctly training your staff to use the software. During the early phases of implementing new recruitment software into your company, there are going to be teething problems. Some staff is going to struggle to use the software correctly, and others are going to be reluctant to use it at all, preferring their own methods.

These initial problems can actually cause your recruitment process to take a step backward. However, if you preserve and ensure that all of your staff are using the software correctly, then you should be able to reap the benefits fairly quickly.

Con 2. Culling Qualified Candidates

The issue with automating basic screening using recruitment software is that high candidates can be accidentally culled. For example, suppose you set a hard cut-off date saying all recruits must have at least 5 years of experience. In that case, your recruitment software may filter out a number of amazing candidates who happen to have 3 or 4 years of experience.

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Recruiters also need to be careful that their automated tasks aren’t accidentally filtering out candidates from diverse backgrounds. Companies often need to implement separate standards for people from historically marginalized communities to ensure they are equally represented throughout the recruitment process.

Fortunately, this is easy to fix by only reducing your culling requirements and by ensuring a human eye quickly reviews all culled candidates to make sure there are no hidden gems that have slipped through the cracks.

Con 3. Recruitment Technology Can’t Help With Strategy

Currently, recruitment software is limited in its ability to provide deep insights and help you build a recruiting strategy. This may change over the next 20 years thanks to artificial intelligence and the big data revolution.

At the moment, recruitment software helps you action your strategy faster and more effectively. But you are still left on your own to determine how and where you will find recruits and the specific type of candidate you are looking for. If you don’t have a successful recruiting strategy built around those questions, then recruitment software won’t be able to save you!

It will be interesting to see if future recruitment technology can solve this issue. Software that can analyze a company and then develop an in-depth recruiting strategy and provide real-time insights into the types of employees who should hire will be a game changer!

Wrapping Up!

While there are some clear cons of using recruitment technology overall, it helps recruiters do their jobs more effectively. Recruitment software is a great way to reduce the recruitment cycle, identify top candidates quickly and keep them engaged throughout the process. Just remember that recruitment software can’t do everything for you. The recruitment process still needs a human touch, especially in the strategy-building phase!


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