How can Technology Help Recruitment?

A Day In The Life Of An Old School Recruitment Consultant

David and Nick, our founders, first started in recruitment in the 1990s. Landline phones and fax machines were the most advanced recruitment technology available. Although the worldwide web was a thing, many people still didn’t have access to a home computer at that time. For this reason, many job seekers still chose to submit their application by post.

A mobile phone from the 1980s complete with brick-like carry case!
A mobile phone from the 1980s complete with brick-like carry case!
Mobile phones were available in the 1980s but not many people had them. We can’t help but wonder why?!
Man operating a fax machine, the ultimate recruitment technology in the 1990s
Man operating a fax machine, the ultimate recruitment technology in the 1990s
Fax machines were the height of recruitment technology in the 1990s, enabling us to send a one page CV in less than a minute — imagine that!

How Technology Improved Recruitment in the Noughties

Thankfully, for our directors, by the time they set up in business together in 2004, the internet and email were becoming more commonplace. Job hunters were beginning to feel more at home with the concept of applying to job postings on job boards. These things combined speeded up the hiring process considerably, which had a massive positive impact on success rate in filling vacancies.

A brief history of recruitment technology infographic
A brief history of recruitment technology infographic
A brief history of recruitment technology.

How Recent Advances in Technology are Helping the Recruitment Industry

The build-up to the 2020s has seen several new recruiting technology solutions which at first looked like an expensive fad. The industry couldn’t help but wonder how artificial intelligence or video technology would catch on. Candidates were still struggling to trust recruitment consultants on LinkedIn, so how would they feel about interacting with us virtually? Or even with robots?

  • VOIP systems and web-based recruitment software made it possible for recruitment consultants to work from home
  • Chatbots enabled businesses to keep up with the increase in candidate enquiries
  • Artificial intelligence eliminated many of the more menial tasks from the hiring process, allowing recruiters to focus on more urgent tasks
  • Video interviewing replaced traditional face to face interviews enabling us to continue making job offers while keeping our clients and candidates safe

A Few Final Thoughts on Recruitment Technology

Whenever technology lets us down, we often reminisce about the days before the internet, fax machines and good old pen and paper. Although it’s no doubt, recruitment technology has made our lives easier and shortened our working days.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

6 Followers

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog