The Recruiting Future Podcast Covering Innovation in HR and Recruitment
Innovation and futurology in Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing and HR Technology. Matt Alder interviews thought leaders who are influencing and changing an industry
info_outline Ep 282: Talent Brand Content Strategy 07/07/2020
Ep 282: Talent Brand Content Strategy Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Content marketing and its critical role in recruitment marketing and employer branding is a topic very close to my heart and something we have covered many times on the podcast. One of the most challenging aspects for any talent acquisition content strategy is often generating the content itself. So how can employers be effective at content marketing in a time of shrinking budgets and smaller teams? My guest this week is Global Head of Talent Brand at . Over the last two years, Anthony has built in house content creation and digital marketing capability to address Rockwell Automation's recruiting challenges. He has some excellent insights and advice to share. In the interview, we discuss: • The recruiting challenges at Rockwell Automation • The approach to Talent Branding • Standing out in the places that matter by using content to get attention. • Building capability to produce unique content • The importance of specialists in talent acquisition and the key skills required • Types of content and the importance of doing things differently • Why authenticity is critical • The role of technology
info_outline Ep 281: Skills, Mobility and AI 07/03/2020
Ep 281: Skills, Mobility and AI We are currently living through a period of time where assessment that's based on skills and potential has never been more critical. As the economic crisis plays out, employers need to understand the skills base within their workforces to drive mobility and enable redeployment. At the same time, correctly understanding the transferable skills of available talent will help companies make some fantastic hires. Unfortunately, though recruiting is still dominated by a reliance on resumes and other outdated practices. So how might this be changed and how can technology help to drive our industry forward. My guest this week is from Todd has been studying and writing about the talent acquisition for over 20 years and has some great insights to share about skills-based recruiting. In the interview, we discuss: • The most significant developments in talent acquisition in the last ten years • Outdated recruiting methods • The benefits of skilled, focused hiring • Transferable skills in an economic crisis • Redeployment to prevent layoffs • The role of AI • Innovating to improve internal mobility • Mitigating bias • The future potential of intelligent automation
info_outline Ep 280: Great Employers 06/30/2020
Ep 280: Great Employers Contact: email@example.com Over the past ten years, I've been on judging panels for many different industry awards. This is something that has really helped me appreciate the role business awards play in driving our industry forward by showcasing and celebrating great work. That's the reason I'm working with the Stevies to promote their awards for Great Employers. To tell us more about the categories and the judging my guest this week is Executive Chairman and Founder of The Stevie Awards. Michael also talks about the reason he set up the , discusses some of the previous winners and shares details about the special awards they have introduced to recognise HR's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
info_outline Ep 279: The Future Of The Workplace 06/25/2020
Ep 279: The Future Of The Workplace With such a large proportion of the global workforce currently working from home, it's now clear that the offices and workspaces that people eventually return to are going to be very different. So what does the future of the workplace look like and what part will it play in attracting and retaining top talent? My guest this week is , SVP of Human Resources at . Aramark provides facilities, food and uniforms to employers across 19 countries and is at the cutting edge of the changes we are currently seeing in workplaces all around the world. In the interview, we discuss: • The changes Covid-19 is driving for Aramark • How hospitality companies are becoming safety companies with a hospitality focus • The importance of effective employee communication • How Aramark recruit and retain top talent • The importance of workspace to employer brand • What's next for Aramark
info_outline Ep 278: Early Careers Disrupted 06/24/2020
Ep 278: Early Careers Disrupted In the last few months, college recruiting and internship programs have been refocused, scaled back and in many cases cancelled. Internships have become digital internships, and on-campus, hiring has gone virtual. So what are the long term implications for early careers and how are companies reimagining their future talent strategies? My guest this week is , Director of Global University Recruiting at In our conversation, Dawn talks about the effect of the pandemic on Uber's internship programs and campus recruiting activity and also share her thoughts on what the future of early careers recruiting might look like. In the interview, we discuss: • Uber's approach to university recruiting and how it is changing • Moving to digital internships • Changing student attitudes to university study • Market realities • Reimagining on-campus events • Differentiating employer brand • Can high tech also be high touch? • Moving from talent acquisition to talent marketplaces and long term talent engagement.
info_outline Ep 277: 2020 And Beyond 06/22/2020
Ep 277: 2020 And Beyond Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org A few weeks ago, I hosted a webinar organised by exploring both the short and long term future of Talent Acquisition. My guests were , Recruitment Partner at Atkins (SNC-Lavalin Group) and Interim Head of Resourcing Transformation at Thames Water. We discussed how talent acquisition in their two organisations has been affected by the pandemic, how they are replanning the future and the likely long terms impacts. We had some great feedback, so I'm delighted to be able to bring you the live audio recording we made of the webinar as this latest episode of the podcast In the conversation we cover: • The immediate talent acquisition challenges caused by Covid-19 • Re-thinking strategies • The importance of empathetic communications • Adapting recruitment marketing activity • What does employer brand look like moving forward • What types of recruiting technology have been most valuable. • Careers Sites as the core of talent attraction • What does candidate experience look like in 2020 • How is talent acquisition going to change in the next 12 months
info_outline Ep 276: The Future of Recruiting Technology 06/18/2020
Ep 276: The Future of Recruiting Technology Contact: email@example.com The last few years have been a boomtime for recruiting technology with record levels of investment and interest as the digital transformation of talent acquisition progresses. So how has the pandemic affected things in the short term and what is the changed future of the recruiting technology market going to look like? My guest this week is , Co-Founder of . Talent Tech Labs is continuously monitoring the recruiting technology marketplace, and Jonathan has some very valuable insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • The impact of COVID on the recruiting technology market • Short term challenges and opportunities • The Talent Tech Ecosystem • The acceleration in market consolidation • New categories of technology • The growth of automation in recruiting • AI, RPA and Analytics
info_outline Ep 275: Accelerating Digital Transformation 06/16/2020
Ep 275: Accelerating Digital Transformation Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org Finding any type of certainty in our current times is difficult. However, what is undeniably certain is that the COVID-19 pandemic has radically accelerated digital transformation in talent acquisition. Employers are relying on the capability of their tech stacks to maintain productivity, and many of them are looking at strategically expanding those capabilities to solve the new challenges they face. My guests this week are and from the talent acquisition team at . In our conversation, we talk about how Metro Bank is adapting its talent acquisition strategy, the technology they are using and why candidate experience remains critically important. In the interview, we discuss: • How COVID-19 is accelerating digital transformation at Metro Bank • Evolving recruiting challenges • Using technology to enhance candidate contact strategy • Remote onboarding • Automation • Leveraging employer brand to reduce marketing spend • Providing an optimal candidate experience • The long term focus for talent acquisition
info_outline Ep 274: Motivation and Resilience 06/12/2020
Ep 274: Motivation and Resilience Contact: email@example.com The situation we are all living through is undoubtedly testing everyone's motivation and resilience in many different ways. Planning for an uncertain future is tough, but there are mental models that can help. My guest this week is . As well as being an inspirational speaker and an executive coach Sue is a former polar explorer and athlete. She has some great advice to share on motivation, inspiration and building mental resilience. In the interview, we discuss: • Developing mental resilience in extreme conditions • Diminishing interferences • Planning for an unexpected future • The importance of the known • What holds people back • Inspiration from an astronaut • Leading versus managing
info_outline Ep 273: Reimagining Talent Acquisition 06/11/2020
Ep 273: Reimagining Talent Acquisition Contact: The seismic shocks of 2020 continue to come hard and fast and are undoubtedly driving a dramatic change in focus for talent acquisition teams all over the world. So how are talent acquisition leaders dealing with this and what are their key points of focus as we move forward? My guest this week is , VP of Recruiting at . In our conversation, Annie talks about the pivoting and prioritising Zillow is currently undertaking in talent acquisition and gives her thoughts on what the future might look like In the interview, we discuss: • Pivoting and prioritising • Listening, learning and taking action against racism • Developing approaches to internal mobility • The importance of candidate experience • The scale and sustainability of virtual hiring and onboarding • Building a virtual culture • Optimising the recruiting technology tech stack • Employer Brand • Measuring the metrics that matter
info_outline Talent Watch - Hiring Manager Relations 06/08/2020
Talent Watch - Hiring Manager Relations Having effective hiring managers is crucial for businesses looking to hire and develop the talent they need. For nearly 90% of job seekers, it is the impression they get of the person they will be working for that most influences their decision on whether to join. At the same time, one of the critical factors causing early employee attrition is a lack of faith in their manager. Talent Watch is an ongoing series of research-based reports created my myself and Mervyn Dinnen that analyse and reflect the way the talent lifecycle is evolving, from attention to retention and beyond. In this special bonus episode of the podcast, we discuss some of the key findings from our recently published Talent Watch report on Hiring Manager Relations. You can download your free copy of the report . A huge thank you to Attrax for sponsoring this edition of Talent Watch.
info_outline Ep 272: Momentum 06/05/2020
Ep 272: Momentum I know that many of you listening will be resetting your talent acquisition strategies for a changed future. Whatever that future looks like for your business; I want this podcast to be a valuable resource for you. So In the coming weeks, I will be bringing you stories, advice and inspiration from both inside and outside of the industry. My guest on this episode is the founder & CEO of research, data, and analytics firm . Mike's work with well-known organisations and politicians has helped him become an expert on brand and personal momentum. Something that I think all talent acquisition teams are going to need in the weeks and months ahead. In the interview, we discuss: • What is momentum? • Quantifying momentum from the perspective of communications • The five drivers of momentum • The importance of continuous transformation and reinvention • Why momentum is different from fads and trends • Why personal momentum is critical during this time of mass disruption • Avoiding stagnation • Examples of brands and people who are masters of momentum
info_outline Ep 271: Finding and Nurturing Culture 06/04/2020
Ep 271: Finding and Nurturing Culture Every organisation has a culture; it is impossible to exist without one. Understanding, nurturing and amplifying the most effective parts of that culture is a critical activity, but very often one organisations fail at because they asked the wrong questions. So, as an employer, how do you make sure that your culture is enabling you to get the best from your people and helping you to attract exceptional talent to your business? My guest this week is the co-founder of , which describes itself as the fastest, most creative management consultancy in the world. B&A works with companies to help them understand and nurture their cultures and Andrew has some fantastic insights to share In the interview, we discuss: • What are businesses doing to cope with the impact of Covid-19 • The Difference between Culture, Creativity and Heritage • How do you build a productive culture • Auditing and optimising • The importance of behaviours • What might change in the podcast Covid world • The increased future value of face to face contact
info_outline Ep 270: Talent Sustainability Index 05/29/2020
Ep 270: Talent Sustainability Index Covid-19 has changed the way we work; in many ways, it may well have changed the way we work forever. One really interesting question is how we might be able to use this momentum of change to help solve the more protracted crisis we face from the global climate emergency? My guest this week is global talent acquisition leader . A few weeks ago Paul wrote an article Recruiter magazine in the UK about the concept of a talent sustainability index which would allow talent acquisition leaders to be more proactive in helping business respond to the threat of climate change. In the interview, we discuss: • The acceleration of digital transformation • That increased importance of recruitment marketing and employer branding • The concept of a Talent Sustainability Index • What will the index measure? • The lasting impact of the pandemic on business outcomes • The opportunity for Talent Acquisition to be proactive and drive the agenda • Will, the process and technology changes, driven in talent acquisition by the pandemic last in the long term? • What should Talent Acquisition leaders be doing right now
info_outline Ep 269: Find Your Voice 05/26/2020
Ep 269: Find Your Voice I'm sure many of you, like me, are currently spending much of your working and indeed some of our social lives on video calls. I've seen a lot of content out there to help people with the technical and visual aspects for video but not much on what is perhaps the most essential ingredient of all, effective use of the voice. So how do you generate the same presence on a Zoom call that you could get in a face to face meeting or on a conference stage? Well, my guest this week is the perfect person to help. is an internationally renowned voice coach who works actors, broadcasters and business professionals. She is the author two books and her TED talk on speaking with confidence as been view over 7 million times. In the interview, we discuss: • The voice as an instrument and the importance of presence • The difference between talking face to face and via a Zoom call • Being confident without being self-conscious • The importance of voice in leadership • Lessons to learn from professional performers Caroline's book is available and if you send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org you can receive the audio course she mentioned free of charge.
info_outline Ep 268: Recruiters Recruiting Recruiters 05/21/2020
Ep 268: Recruiters Recruiting Recruiters As regular listeners will know I'm currently mixing podcast content to provide information and insights that are valuable for right now, during the pandemic and insights which will help everyone as we plan for the future. This episode is a right now episode. My guest this week is . As many of you will already now Gerry is the co-founder of , a long-established community for talent acquisition leaders. In the interview, we discuss: • What talent acquisition leaders are thinking, planning and doing right now. • How remote hiring is changing the game • The pivot from goal-directed behaviour to community-directed behaviour • Will candidates be making different choices in the future? • Moving furloughed workers frictionlessly between employers • The initiative; its aims and code of conduct.
info_outline Ep 267: The Dangerous Resume 05/19/2020
Ep 267: The Dangerous Resume Contact: email@example.com In 2006 I wrote a blog about the imminent demise of the resume, arguing that they were on longer relevant in the new digital world. Fast forward 14 years and resumes, or CVs if you live in the UK, are still the most common anchor point for the recruiting process. The problem with resumes is not just one about digital relevance; now it's about the effectiveness and integrity of recruiting itself. So what are the alternatives and how can the industry move forward. My guest this week is from The Chemistry Group, an organization that has been pioneering new approaches for employers to assess and hire talent. In the interview, we discuss: • The dangerous implications of recruiting via resumes • Conscious and unconscious bias • What are the alternatives and are they working in practice • Increasing data points to improve selection • The cost of a mis-hire • Humans and technology • Will recruiting be done differently in the future
info_outline Ep 266: Recruiting Future 05/15/2020
Ep 266: Recruiting Future Over the last five and half year's, I've published nearly 120 hours of podcast content, and I've always been very frustrated that there hasn't been a more effective way to search the archive for specific topics. Well as of now that's all changed with the launch of the new recruitingfuture.com website. I know that the vast majority of you subscribe to the show in your podcasting app of choice or via Spotify and that is still the best way to make sure you're up to date with all the latest content. However, if you want to search the back catalogue for interviews on specific topics including recruiting automation, employer branding, recruitment marketing, recruiting technology and talent acquisition strategy, then it is now super easy to do that on the website at So on with the show and something a bit different this week. I'm delighted to welcome back the brilliant from Recruiting Toolbox, but this time rather than me interviewing him he is interviewing me. In the interview, we discuss: • Recruiting automation • A new model for recruitment marketing • The evolution of talent acquisition • Talent acquisition leadership • The importance of specialisation • The role of the recruiter in the future • Candidate experience Here are the podcast episodes I reference in the conversation:
info_outline Ep 265: The Future Of Tech Hiring 05/13/2020
Ep 265: The Future Of Tech Hiring Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Over the past 25 years, tech hiring has been the consistent area where the demand for talent outstrips the supply. While the precise skills that are in shortage change as the technology landscape evolves, it has always been a candidate-driven market. So is the pandemic crisis changing the balance in tech hiring and how should companies be looking to attract and assess tech talent in our changed future? My guest this week is CEO of Codility works with some of the biggest technology employers on the planet, and Natalia has some unique and data-driven insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • How is the pandemic affecting the tech hiring market? • Will demand continue to outstrip supply in the future? • How remote hiring is opening up the global market for software engineers • The impact of evidence-based hiring • Avoiding bias and increasing diversity • Assessment design
info_outline Ep 264: Design Thinking 05/05/2020
Ep 264: Design Thinking Contact: email@example.com Despite years of discussion and many excellent initiatives to attempt to fix the issue, recruiting still has an experience problem. As talent acquisition leaders around the world re-evaluate their strategies moving forward, incorporating design principles into the reimagining of experiences, services and processes is something that will bring considerable competitive advantage. My guest this week is best selling author and speaker, . I've been a fan of Scott’s work for a really long time and his new book is a fantastic introduction to design principles and thinking. It was great to hear Scott talk about the book and also share his thoughts on fixing the recruiting experience problem. In the interview, we discuss: • What makes something well designed and why it is essential not to take things at face value • Thinking the actual problem you want to solve • Design thinking versus design doing • Design principles in organisational and service design • The mismatch between candidate wants, and recruiter wants • Applying design knowledge to solve recruiting's service design issues • Scott’s favourite story from the book and how it illustrates the hidden forces that often sit behind design choices
info_outline Ep 263 : Content Marketing 05/01/2020
Ep 263 : Content Marketing Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Content marketing is becoming ever more critical in talent acquisition, and this is a trend I can only see continuing as employers reevaluate how they tell their employer brand stories moving forward. But what makes good content marketing and how do you do it effectively? My guest this week is , an award-winning content marketing professional with a vast amount of experience and some brilliant insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • What is content marketing • How can you get your content noticed by your target audiences • The power of emotions • Practical examples • Formats • Cost & resources • Marketing your content • Tips for effective content marketing
info_outline Ep 262: The Speed Of Change 04/29/2020
Ep 262: The Speed Of Change Contact:email@example.com My strategy over the last few weeks has been to bring you content that focuses on the current crisis as well as content that looks ahead to the future. This episode is a hybrid of both. My guest this week is , Senior Vice President Operations at . In our wide-ranging conversation, we talk about the impact Cielo is seeing the global pandemic have on the market and how employers are adapting their talent acquisition strategies in these difficult times. We also discuss the long term adoption and implications of AI and recruiting automation. Here are some of the topics we discuss: • What Cielo is currently seeing in the market • How employers are using technology to adapt • What distress technology purchases are always the best decisions • Does technology fix or amplify bias? • What lessons can we learn from employers who are currently using AI and Automation effectively • Bringing point solutions into a working ecosystem • Why do we still rely on resumes / CVs and will this ever change • The impact of the pandemic crisis on the gig economy • The future role of the recruiter • The importance of putting experience first.
info_outline Ep 261: Data, Diversity and Inclusive Hiring 04/24/2020
Ep 261: Data, Diversity and Inclusive Hiring Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Building diverse workforces via inclusive hiring is still a massive issue for many employers. But are organisations doing enough to fix the problem and what role should technology play in this? My guest this week is , CEO of . Gareth and his team are using data science to help employers change the way they think about people and talent in order to enable more inclusive recruiting processes. In the interview, we discuss: • Do employers really care about diversity? • Why technology doesn't fix broken recruitment processes • Unconscious and conscious bias • Why anonymised applications don't solve the problem • The importance of changing behaviours and attitudes • Can technology be used in a smarter way, and what does the future hold?
info_outline Ep 260: Dream Teams In A Remote World 04/21/2020
Ep 260: Dream Teams In A Remote World Contact: email@example.com One of the best business books I've read in the last few years is Dream Teams by . In the book, he analyses how the best teams become more than the sum of their parts, illustrating this with evidence from history, neuroscience, psychology and business. I interviewed Shane on the podcast in 2018, and I'm delighted to have him back again. In our conversation, we talk about the concepts of Dream Teams (many of which he has researched further since the book was published) and how they can be applied to building and leading teams in our current challenging times, particularly when people are working remotely. Here are some of the topics we discuss: • Why everything we do is teamwork • What makes a team more than the sum of its parts • Intellectual humility and its importance in teamwork • Cognitive friction from a diversity of thinking • Hidden dysfunctions in teams • The importance of boundaries • Building trust in teams • Ensuring inclusion • What will work look like in the future
info_outline Ep 259: Implementing Technology Effectively 04/17/2020
Ep 259: Implementing Technology Effectively Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org In talent acquisition we talk a lot about what technology can do, the problems it can solve and the benefits it can bring; however, we don't talk as much about the challenges of implementing technology, particularly at the enterprise level. My guest this week is the one and only . Alan is an expert at managing the logistics of large scale HR and Recruiting technology implementations and some incredibly valuable insights and advice to share. In the interview, we discuss: • How to approach a major software implementation • How long should the planning process take and who should do it? • Why RFPs don't work • What are the most common planning mistakes • Managing the relationship between talent acquisition, HR and IT • The importance of involving users early • Considerations for resource allocation • Expecting the unexpected • Will the current crisis change the way recruitment technology is implemented?
info_outline Ep 258: Accelerated Change 04/15/2020
Ep 258: Accelerated Change Contact: email@example.com Crisis situations tend to be significant drivers of long term change. The scale of the crisis we are all currently living through simultaneously across the globe will drive substantial long term change to the way companies think about HR and talent acquisition. Before I introduce my guest this week, I wanted to point you in the direction of an excellent that my good friends at have produced. While it is challenging to predict the future, the whitepaper looks at the potential long term impact of the pandemic on employer branding in the context of change that has been driven by previous global crises. Continuing this theme of long term change my guest this week is , HR Director of Scottish legal firm Morton Fraser. In our conversation, we talk about the impact the pandemic is having on the legal industry and what the long term implications are likely to be for communication, HR and talent acquisition. In the interview, we discuss: • The challenges of moving from 3 office locations to nearly 300 • Communication, Connection and Culture • The importance of a strategic approach to wellbeing • How the legal industry is having to change the way it operates • How the previously impossible becomes the new normal • The future for recruiting technology
info_outline Ep 257: The Realities Of Recruiting Automation 04/09/2020
Ep 257: The Realities Of Recruiting Automation Contact: From the conversations I've been having recently, it seems that the level of adoption for recruiting automation is going to dramatically increase as we come out of the current pandemic crisis. The problem though it that recruiting automation is often thrown around as a trend without any insight into the strategic and tactical practicalities of implementing it effectively. To help give us an insight into what recruiting automation looks like in practice my guest this week is a highly experienced recruiter and talent acquisition leader . Izzey has implemented automation and chatbot programmes at several employers and has some excellent insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • Dealing with recruiting challenges • A strategic process for recruiting automation • The importance of understanding the market • Getting your organization engaged • How to decide what to automate • A chatbot centric approach • The benefits of recruiting automation • Insight from new data points • The future of recruiting automation
info_outline Ep 256: CEOs And Talent Acquisition 04/08/2020
Ep 256: CEOs And Talent Acquisition A significant issue that I see time and time again is the disconnect between what CEOs say they want from talent acquisition and what is delivered. Why does this disconnect happen, and what can talent acquisition leaders do to fix it? To help answer this vitally important question I'm delighted to welcome , CEO of back to the show. Jerome has recently written a book on Hiring Success which is aimed at CEOs and illustrates what they need do to compete effectively for the best talent. In the interview, we discuss: • What is currently happening in the market and how SmartRecruiters are responding as a company • The disconnect between what CEOs want from hiring and how talent acquisition is measured • What does an enterprise need to do to acquire top talent on demand • What should the main focus be for talent acquisition to drive change • Rethinking hiring budgets • AI bias versus human bias • The future of talent acquisition