Can a Handshake Be Replaced? Seattle Talent Pros Discuss the Future of Recruiting

Automation was the word on the tip of everyone’s tongue as talent acquisition leaders from the Seattle area gathered at Payscale’s offices just south of CenturyLink field for Recruiting @ Scale: Seattle. With nearby giants like Microsoft and Amazon pioneering new technologies almost daily and hiring the talent to fuel their innovations, Seattle recruiters are well-acquainted with the world of smart technologies.

But recruiting isn’t just about technology, even though it can feel that way sometimes. At its heart, recruiting is still about connecting people with opportunities and persuading them to take the leap to something new and exciting. And the truth is, that will probably never ever be fully automated. The key, then, for those of us in talent acquisition is to figure out how we can strategically leverage technology without losing the very human skills and attributes that make us effective recruiters in the first place.

These Bad Hiring Practices are Turning Off Candidates

Yes, recruiting is very much like dating.

The incessant metaphor is one you’re probably familiar with, one you love to hate because it’s hackneyed and true.

Courting people is an art, but charming candidates comes with higher risk. As a recruiter, the courtship represents you and the company, success relies on who you hire, and emphasizing quantity over quality simply isn’t smart or cost-effective. No pressure, right?

Avoid these five candidate pet peeves to hit the hiring home run.

Missed Our Webinar on Building Your Employer Brand? Here's the Quick Version

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Recruiters, if you’re selling the product, you’re doing it wrong.

Building your company brand is about selling the role to candidates and functioning as the “eyes” into the company. Recruiters and hiring managers may spend all day qualifying candidates, but on the other side of the fence, candidates are qualifying your company, too. Creating a strong employer brand gives answers the “why” candidates ask before deciding whether or not your role is fit for what they’re looking for.

If you missed our joint webinar with Officevibe’s Jacob Shriar, we’ve bustled through our notes to bring you some top discussion points from the live event.