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 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
info_outline Ep 255: March Round Up 04/03/2020
Ep 255: March Round Up Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Round up is the monthly show on The Recruiting Future Podcast channel that highlights episodes you may have missed and gives you my take on some of the key learnings from the guests. Episodes mentioned in this Round Up:
info_outline Ep 254: Market Update 04/02/2020
Ep 254: Market Update To recap, I'm currently mixing content between topics that are relevant to the right now and topics that are important in the medium to long term. This episode is a right now episode. Previously, in , I spoke to Johnny Campbell from about the state of the talent acquisition market. What feels like an infinitely long two weeks later, my guest in this episode is from SocialTalent to give us an update on what they are seeing in the market right now. In the interview, we discuss: • What is going on in the hiring market right now • The supply of talent • Adaption to virtual hiring • Dealing with change-resistant hiring managers • Talent acquisition as a leadership enablement function • Building an engaging digital candidate experience • The longer-term implications for talent acquisition • How Social Talent is supporting recruiters
info_outline Ep 253: Remote Working - A CEO's Perspective 03/31/2020
Ep 253: Remote Working - A CEO's Perspective Contact: email@example.com With everything that has happened in the last few weeks (just to timestamp this I'm recording on March 31st 2020) there is understandably already a massive amount of content being released and discussion going on about remote working. I wanted to add some value rather than some noise to all of this, so I've invited back one of my former guests to give us a CEO's perspective on remote working. is Executive Chairman & Co-founder of , a company that has always had a remote-first operating model for its employees. Wiktor has a tremendous amount of experience leading remote teams and has some valuable insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • What is a remote-first organisation? • The difference between choosing to work from home and being forced to work from home and the implications for leadership • Maintaining culture remotely • The vital importance of trust • Keeping a remote team motivated and productive • Digital leadership • Future equality of opportunity for remote workers
info_outline Ep 252: Happiness 03/27/2020
Ep 252: Happiness Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org As we continue to move through extremely troubled and confusing times, I decided it would be good to have an episode about happiness. My guest this week is , a statistician who specialises in happiness and well being. In our conversation, we talk about the importance of happiness at work and how you can measure it. Nic also shares a lot of practical advice on how leaders can help improve the happiness of their teams in our current challenging times. In the interview, we discuss: • What does happiness actual mean • The benefits of happiness at work • Applying statistical thinking to measure happiness • What can leaders be doing in the current crisis to improve the happiness of their teams • The five main drivers of happiness at work • Happiness in the recruiting process • The future of happiness
info_outline Ep 251: The Digital Transformation Of Assessment 03/25/2020
Ep 251: The Digital Transformation Of Assessment Contact: The changing nature of assessment is something we have covered from several different angles on this show before with contributions from both practitioners and consultants. However, to date, we haven't actually heard the vendor point of view in all of this. So with that in mind, my guest this week is , Head of Product Strategy at . In the interview, we discuss: • How technology has evolved assessment over time • Using AI as a capability to drive specific outcomes • How AI can be used to find hidden gems in the candidate pool • The evolution of video interviewing • Giving candidates more value by building an interactive assessment experience • The importance of people and machines working together to be better • The problem of algorithmic bias and how to avoid it • The future of assessment
info_outline Ep 250: Recruiting In Extraordinary Times 03/19/2020
Ep 250: Recruiting In Extraordinary Times As I said in my introduction to the last episode, the focus of the podcast is going to alternate between content to help you with your long term strategy and content to help you right now. This episode falls into the right now category and was recorded on Thursday 18th March 2020. My guest is CEO at and in the interview we discuss: • Current market activity among global employers • Moving to a virtual recruiting process • Some important considerations for video interviews • Onboarding new hires when people are working from home • Motivating a remote talent acquisition team in a time of high anxiety • What help is there for recruiters who are being laid off or who are worried about their jobs
info_outline Ep 249: Delivering A Custom Experience 03/17/2020
Ep 249: Delivering A Custom Experience Contact: email@example.com Candidate experience seems to be an evergreen topic and certainly one that will be with us and continually evolve for some time to come. We often talk about the challenges of delivering a quality candidate experience at scale, but for companies who are scaling quickly very often, it is about delivering a custom candidate experience at speed. My guest this week is , Director of Recruiting and D&I at Whatever your candidate experiences are I guarantee you will get some valuable takeaways from this conversation. In the interview, we discuss: • The recruiting challenges at Frame.io • Creative thinking and empathy in recruiting • Speed, transparency and thoughtfulness • The role of technology • Avoiding unconscious bias • Measuring success • The future
info_outline Special Episode 03/13/2020
Special Episode In light of events this week with the pandemic, here is a special short episode to help the talent acquisition community get access to relevant information. I'm joined by , who is curating an information resource that everyone needs to be aware of.
info_outline Ep 248: Fixing The Broken Rung 03/12/2020
Ep 248: Fixing The Broken Rung The latest McKinsey report illustrates that there is still a very long way to go before we get to gender equality in the workforce. McKinsey identifies a "broken rung" in the career ladder with only 72 women promoted or hired to manager level for every 100 men promoted or hired to manager level. So how do employers fix this situation, what support is required, and how do mindsets need to change? To help answer these questions my guest this week is , CEO of . Addie has been on a three-decade-long mission to change the trajectory for women at work and has some extremely practical insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • Addie's background and motivation for starting reacHire • Fixing the broken rung • The bottom-line impact of workforce equality • Investing to support women in their early careers • Why women leave the workforce and the challenges they can face when trying to return • Changing employer mindsets • Bias in recruiting • Reverse mentoring and the benefits of a multi-generational workforce
info_outline Ep 247: Working Strategically With Hiring Managers 03/10/2020
Ep 247: Working Strategically With Hiring Managers Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Most recruiters would agree that hiring manager relationships are critical to effective corporate talent acquisition. But how do you develop effective relationships and what does it take to become a strategic talent advisor to your organization. I'm delighted to welcome the always brilliant back to the show. John is the Founder and Managing Director of and helps companies raise the bar on recruiting effectiveness. He has some highly actionable insights to share on strategic hiring manager relationships, and I know you will find this interview really valuable. In the interview, we discuss: • The definition of a strategic talent advisor • Engaging hiring managers in pre-funnel work • Fluid workforces • The advantages of batch processing • False positives and false negatives in hiring • Fat, skinny and constipated funnels • The role of technology • John's predictions for the future
info_outline Ep 246: Solving Challenges With Technology 03/06/2020
Ep 246: Solving Challenges With Technology Contact: email@example.com Recruiting technology, data analytics and employer branding are all regular topics on this podcast. However, we don't always talk about strategic thinking that is needed to make all three elements work together to solve recruiting challenges. My guest this week is Digital Attraction Manager at , one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK. Mitchells and Butlers have been working on several interrelated projects using technology, creativity and data to solve their recruiting challenges. In the interview, we discuss: • The challenges of hiring 30,000 people each year with multiple consumer brands • ATS selection based on hiring manager experience • The importance of not making assumptions about technology features • Combing data sources to identify workforce trends • How a candidate experience audit identified the need for the new careers site. • Career site systems • The importance of content and job adverts that actually sell the role to potential candidates
info_outline Ep 245: Programmatic Advertising Explained 03/03/2020
Ep 245: Programmatic Advertising Explained Contact: Programmatic Advertising is something that seems to strike confusion into the heart of many employers around the world. However, there are a growing number of talent acquisition teams who are using already programmatic techniques to drive some excellent results. So what techniques and technologies are they using and how does programmatic advertising even work? To get the definitive answers to these questions, I have not one, not two but three guests on the show this week. , Head of Resourcing Delivery at Nationwide Building Society and Head of Talent Acquisition at Yodel will be sharing their experiences as practitioners. I'm also joined by from who will be acting as our programmatic expert and helping to demystify what is fast becoming a significant area of talent attraction. In the interviews, we discuss: • Two different types of programmatic advertising and their benefits • The unique nature of programmatic job board advertising • Technology and platforms • Data, results and expectations • Advice for getting started • Selling programmatic to internal stakeholders • The future of programmatic advertising for talent acquisition
info_outline Ep 244: February Round Up 03/01/2020
Ep 244: February Round Up Contact: Recruiting Future Round-Up is the monthly show on The Recruiting Future Podcast channel. It's a short round-up that highlights episodes you may have missed and gives you my take on some of the key learnings from my guests. As I wasn't able to do a round up in January, this episode features interviews from both January and February. Here are the shows featured:
info_outline Ep 243: Attracting and Assessing Future Talent 02/27/2020
Ep 243: Attracting and Assessing Future Talent Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Over the last few years, there has been a global shakeup in the way companies recruit future talent to their organisations. Many employers are now extending their search beyond university and college graduates to explore more diverse talent pools. But what is the best way to attract and assess future talent in 2020? My guest this week is , CEO of , a six-month start-up boot camp aimed at skilling entry-level talent. Cameron has some brilliant insights to share on how companies should be attracting and assessing their future talent. In the interview, we discuss: • The evolving challenges of entry-level hiring • Framing opportunities in the right way to engage with the target audience • Taking a long term approach to recruiting • How assessment is changing • Candidate attitudes to recruiting technology • The rise of boot camps • The Future of entry-level hiring
info_outline Ep 242: Purpose 02/21/2020
Ep 242: Purpose Contact: I've been producing this podcast for five years, and I have to say that my guest in this episode is one of the most insightful people I've ever had on the show. Digital disruption is affecting everyone in ways we couldn't have even of imagined a few years ago. The companies who are thriving are the organisations that are taking bold strategic decisions and thinking several steps ahead of their competition. My guest this week is . Balaji is Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Head of Workforce Effectiveness at , a company with 450,000 employees. TCS has responded to our changing digital world by radically upskilling a vast percentage of their workforce and completely reinventing the way they do talent acquisition to make it more inclusive. They are also proactively nurturing communities of future talent as well as supporting education systems all over the world. All of this has been built on their understanding of the vital importance of purpose. In the interview, we discuss: • The skills modern business need to survive and thrive • How TCS reskilled their existing teams by creating the right culture, tools and systems • Why technology is legacy, but people aren't and why AI still needs human intelligence • Why every organisation needs to be a purpose-driven organisation • Content, Context and Connection • Changing the talent acquisition model to be more open and inclusive • Working with education systems to give students relevant skills • The importance of building bridges between technology and people
info_outline Ep 241: Grit & Resilience In Talent Acquisition 02/11/2020
Ep 241: Grit & Resilience In Talent Acquisition Well, that wasn't quite the start to the year I was expecting as I've been in and out of hospital for the last two weeks. I'm pleased to say though that I'm now well on the way to making a full recovery and regular podcasting service is now resumed. A huge thank you to Nick Price for helping me out and introducing last week's episode, and I would strongly recommend you check out to find out more about the great work he does. So on with this week's show. After my recent hospital experience, it seems very fitting that the main focus for this week's guest is recruiting healthcare professionals. is Director Of Talent Acquisition at Recruiting healthcare professionals and nurses, in particular, is a real challenge in many countries, and Blake talks about the techniques his team use, as well as the importance of grit and resilience. In the interview, we discuss: • Recruiting in a hyper-competitive environment • Pipelining with a CRM • Highly targeted recruitment marketing • Generating brand content • What do grit and resilience mean in practice • The skills recruiters need in 2020 • The importance of leveraging video • Personal brand or employer brand Blake also discusses the role of technology and shares his thoughts on the future of talent acquisition.
info_outline Ep 240: Global Talent Trends In 2020 02/05/2020
Ep 240: Global Talent Trends In 2020 Contact: email@example.com A couple of weeks ago, LinkedIn published its annual Global Talent Trends research which explored some of the key themes they are seeing developing in talent acquisition for 2020. My guest this week is, , Director of Talent Acquisition at LinkedIn. Amy is returning to the show for the second time to share her insights as a talent acquisition professional on the key findings in the research and also to tell us more about what we can expect to see from Linkedin in 2020 The key trends we discuss in the interview are: • Employee Experience • People Analytics • Internal Recruiting • Multi-Generational Workforce
info_outline Ep 239: The Human Touch 01/25/2020
Ep 239: The Human Touch Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org With so much focus on technology, it's essential not to forget the human nature of recruiting. Engagement, empathy, influence and persuasion are not currently hard wired into chatbots or algorithms and are vital elements of effective recruiting. My guest this week is , Director Talent Acquisition at . With many of Tombras's hires having to relocate Jodi using empathy and the questioning skills, she learned as an agency recruiter to build high levels of trust with her target talent. In the interview, we discuss: • The recruiting challenges at Tombras • Persuasion based on building trust • Personalization • Hiring manager relationships • Building an excellent candidate experience • The differences between agency recruiting and internal recruiting
info_outline Ep 238: The Rise Of Talent Intelligence 01/22/2020
Ep 238: The Rise Of Talent Intelligence Contact: email@example.com Data based intelligence is a critical part of the modern world, but historically talent acquisition has tended to be based on gut feel and lived experience, making it very slow to wake up to the new realities of data-based decision making. Thankfully things are now changing, and one aspect of this change is the rise of talent intelligence as a talent acquisition business function. My guest this week is , Talent Intelligence analyst at . Marklieke recently authored a whitepaper that Phillips has published aimed at helping employers better appreciate the immense value of talent intelligence as a critical part of any talent acquisition strategy. In the interview, we discuss: • What is talent intelligence? • Why instinct is not good enough • Difference between talent intelligence and people analytics • The key benefits, KPIs and ROI of talent intelligence • Data sources • How many employers are using talent intelligence • Building the business case • The skills needed in a talent intelligence team.
info_outline Ep 237: Analysing The Recruiting Technology Market 01/16/2020
Ep 237: Analysing The Recruiting Technology Market Contact: The recruiting technology marketplace is getting extremely complex, and it can be challenging for talent acquisition leaders to develop fully effective technology strategies. My guest this week is , CEO of industry analysts . In our interview, David talks about the kind of approach and insights Fosway used to analyse talent technology markets. We also talk in some depth about the HCM suite versus specialist solution debate. A debate I can see raging for some time yet and one that will continue to shape the patterns of investment and acquisition in the recruiting technology marketplace. In the interview we discuss: • The role of an industry analyst • Headline findings from Fosway’s 9 Grid report into Talent Acquisition • Why the talent acquisition technology market is currently in flux • HCM suite vendors versus specialists • The evolution of the ATS / CRM debate • Ecosystems over systems • Current shortcomings in data and analytics
info_outline Ep 236: 2019 Round Up 12/31/2019
Ep 236: 2019 Round Up Contact: Recruiting Future Round-Up is the new monthly show on The Recruiting Future Podcast channel. It's a short round-up that highlights episodes you may have missed and gives you my take on some of the key learnings from my guests. As this is my last show of the year, rather than offer you a round-up specifically for the December interviews, I thought I'd round up the whole of 2019 and at the same time take a little bit of a look forward to 2020. Links to interviews mentions in the show: Thanks to for sponsoring, if you are thinking of replacing or refreshing your careers website in 2020, I would strongly recommend downloading their new eBook.
info_outline Ep 235: A Model Candidate Experience 12/23/2019
Ep 235: A Model Candidate Experience Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org It seems like we have been talking about the candidate experience forever, and while some employers have made progress in improving things, there is still a long way to go. One of the issues has always been the lack of a recognised model to explain and then consequently strategically address the candidate experience. I was therefore delighted to hear that Exaqueo, Career Crossroads and The Talent Board have been working in partnership with several Fortune 500 employers to develop a new employee lifecycle and candidate experience model. To tell us all about this, my guest this week is , Founder and CEO of . In the interview, we discuss: • Process versus experience • Phases of the candidate experience • The unification of candidate experience and employee experience • Why so few employers are fixing their candidate experience • Measurement • Source of influencer versus source of hire • Talking points and messaging for employee referrals • Employer Brand Susan also talks about the role of technology and the importance of the Candidate Experience Awards.
info_outline Ep 234: Data Driven Talent Attraction 12/19/2019
Ep 234: Data Driven Talent Attraction Contact: email@example.com Many organizations are currently finding talent acquisition very challenging and need to increase the sophistication of their recruitment marketing to connect with and influence their target audiences of talent. My guest this week is , Global Talent Attraction Director at Visa is using a strategy of data-driven recruitment marketing supported by sophisticated storytelling and technology to meet their recruiting challenges and Celinda has some great practical insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: • Visa's recruiting challenges • How recruitment marketing is changing • Dealing with multiple personas and target audiences • Using data for audience insight • The importance of market analysis • Working in close partnership with vendors • Building business cases and consensus internally • The role of technology • Redefining what storytelling means Celinda also shares her thoughts on where the industry is going over the next two to three years.
info_outline Ep 233: How To Buy And Implement An ATS 12/17/2019
Ep 233: How To Buy And Implement An ATS Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Buying and implementing a new ATS can be a long, complicated and frustrating process, not to mention the additional work required to drive adoption once the system is actually in place. So what can employers do to set themselves up for success and make sure the process achieves its ultimate objectives? My guest this week is , Director, Global HR Technology at . During his career, Shanu has been responsible for over 50 HR technology implementations and has some great insights and advice to share. In the interview, we discuss: • The importance of keeping up to date with the market and having an open mind • How to approach the RFP process • Achieving stakeholder buy-in • Strategies for successful implementation • Tailoring your strategy to reflect geographical and role differences • How to encourage usage and adoption • The importance of understanding the vendor's product roadmap. Shanu also talks about recruiting automation and what's next for Apollo.
info_outline Ep 232: Is Assessment Technology Working? 12/13/2019
Ep 232: Is Assessment Technology Working? Contact: email@example.com Back in September 2018, I interviewed industry consultant about his research work exploring emerging assessment technologies. The assessment market is moving exceptionally quickly, and I wanted to invite Bas back, a year later, to update us on what has changed. In the interview, we discuss: • The problems with traditional methods of assessment • Making sense of evolving technologies • The issue with black box algorithms • Are micro-expressions useful? • The power of game-based assessments • Using technology to broaden pools of talent Bas also shares several case studies from employers achieving considerable success with new assessment technology and give us his view on the future.
info_outline Ep 231: The Reality Of Recruiting Automation 12/12/2019
Ep 231: The Reality Of Recruiting Automation Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org One of the ongoing themes of the podcast in 2019 has been my quest to cut through the hype and find out to what extent employers are automating aspects of their recruiting process. I've spoken to several practitioners and look at the automation debate for a few different angles. So I thought it was high time that I talked to a recruiting technology vendor about the art of the possible in recruiting automation and the benefits they are seeing their clients get from it. My guest this week is , founder and CEO of , an automated communication platform for recruiting. Aida started her career as a recruiter and has some great insights to share into both the current and future capabilities of recruiting automation. In the interview, we discuss: • The amount of time wasted on repetitive tasks in recruiting • The evolving sophistication of chatbots • Natural language recognition and intent analysis • Do candidates like interacting with chatbots? • What areas of the recruiting can be automated now and how much could be automated in the future • Humans versus machines Aida also talks about the results and benefits employers are getting from recruiting automation as well her predictions for the marketing int he next 12 months.
info_outline Ep 230: Recruiting Future Round-Up 12/07/2019
Ep 230: Recruiting Future Round-Up Contact: email@example.com Recruiting Future Round-Up is a new monthly show on The Recruiting Future Podcast channel. Now that I'm publishing two podcasts a week, I'm aware that not everyone has time to listen to every show. Moving forward I'll be recording a short monthly round-up episode highlighting episodes you may have missed and giving you my take on some of the key talking points. Thanks to for sponsoring, if you are thinking of replacing or refreshing your careers website in 2020, I would strongly recommend .
info_outline Ep 229: Improving Social Mobility 12/04/2019
Ep 229: Improving Social Mobility Contact: Social mobility is a critical issue in a lot of countries. What should employers be doing to increase social mobility and how effective can their efforts be in terms of tangible results? My guest this week is , Head of Resourcing, Executive and New Talent at , a large UK based utilities company. Severn Trent has recently moved up to 3rd place in The Social Mobility Employer Index as a result of their innovative work in this area and is seeing huge benefits as an organisation from their initiatives. In the interview, we discuss: • The definition of social mobility and what it means to Severn Trent as an organisation • Recruiting on equal terms to show opportunities to a massive pool of untapped talent • Schools engagement • Work experience focused on employability. • Thinking different about the recruitment process • The Social Mobility Pledge Lisa also talks about the results Severn Trent as seeing from their initiatives and the considerable benefits to the business.