Best of the Week: 5 Must-Read Recruitment Articles

March 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Kathleen de Lara

We’ve finally breached March, but as you know, the hustle doesn’t stop here. Check out these articles covering the latest, top news in recruiting. This week’s roundup is interesting to say the least. See for yourself:

Monster Acquires TalentBin and Gozaik

Monster announced the acquisition of recruiting startups TalentBin and Gozaik on Monday.

“The acquisition of TalentBin and Gozaik completes one key component of a larger strategy designed to help our business grow,” said Monster CEO Sal Iannuzzi.

In light of the acquisition, TalentBin also raised $3.2 million in total funding from investors including First Round Capital, FundersClub, and Foundation Capital. TalentBin’s database connects employers to candidates based on their activity from social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Github, and helps employers manage candidate outreach. The lesser known Gozaik allows employers to attract and engage talent by posting targeted job ads throughout candidates’ Twitter networks.

Both acquisitions by Monster will expand the extensive reach of the career and talent management company, which currently includes over 200 million registered users and spans to more than 40 countries.  

UK Launches World’s First Avatar Interviewing Software

Despite our suggestions to put an end to robotic interactions, recently launched their online video platform that allows recruiters to interview candidates using an avatar and automated dialogues.

Recruiters input interview questions, which are then asked by the avatar during the interview process with the live candidate. Multiple interviews can be scheduled at a time, as the discussion is pre-recorded and all candidates are asked the same questions to streamline the screening process.

Check out how it works here:

In the UK, the average cost per hire is estimated to be about £5,000 (roughly $8,380).’s technology is said to save users about 43% of the standard hiring cost, although we are still rooting for human-to-human interactions.   

SmartRecruiters Welcomes Salesforce's Brett Queener as President and COO

Hiring platform SmartRecruiters announced Wednesday that former Salesforce Executive Vice President Brett Queener will join their team as president and chief operating officer.

"We are thrilled to have Brett join the SmartRecruiters team," said SmartRecruiters CEO, Jerome Ternynck. "Brett's past success coupled with our team's intense drive to change the way hiring is done today is a guaranteed success."

Queener began with Salesforce in 2003 and led different departments including their research and development, sales, and operations teams. With SmartRecruiters, he’ll be applying his experiences in Cloud solutions to amp up the company’s technology, which sources, engages, and hires top talent by giving recruiters the ability to post jobs, manage candidates, and track their success.

Workday Acquires Identified

In other acquisition news, Workday made the move on big data recruiting company Identified on Wednesday, shortly after releasing their earnings.

Workday said: "[Identified’s] product development team is expected to enhance search capabilities and accelerate the delivery of predictive analytics and machine learning throughout Workday’s suite of applications.”

Identified aggregates and organizes professional data from social media profiles to help recruiters source candidates. Their engineering team includes Facebook’s former manager of data science and analytics, Mohammad Sabah.   

Recruiters: What Not to Do

Kelly Blazek. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, watch the video and be prepared to cringe.

This week, the Cleveland job bank operator is attributed with putting the “Oh” in Ohio after snubbing others for their attempts to connect with her on LinkedIn and through email. In one note to 26-year-old job seeker Diana Mekota, Blazek wrote, “Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky...I love the sense of entitlement in your generation.”

Fun fact: In 2013, Blazek was named Cleveland’s “Communicator of the Year” for the International Association of Business Communicators.

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