12 Mar

IT Recruiters: Use These 6 Tools to Improve Your Hiring Process

Posted by John Brandwagt

Working in the IT industry, you’ve seen all of the wonderful things technology can do for businesses and people these days. New apps and programs help people work smarter, not harder.

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What kinds of tech tools could help IT recruiters in the hiring process? You may want to adopt these six tools.

1. X-Ray/Boolean Search Tools

If you’re not already using X-ray searches, you’ll want to get on board. Luckily, there are many great tools available to help you.

These tools allow IT recruiters to perform searches for specific keywords without needing to comb through search results by hand. An X-ray search tool can search Google results for you or pick through Twitter to find the keywords you’re looking for.

You can even find some dedicated to searching through PDFs, which can help you sort through candidates’ applications quickly and easily.

2. De-Biasing Software

The tech industry is diverse, but bias and diversity are always concerns for IT recruiters. Are you subconsciously filtering out applications that come from a particular neighbourhood in your community or certain names? You may be, even though you’re not doing it on purpose.

De-biasing software was designed with you in mind. It can help you rewrite job descriptions and sort applications to attract a more diverse talent pool. It works by removing the unconscious biases you may be building into your hiring process. These types of biases are difficult to remove because you aren’t aware they exist.

3. Job Ad Targeting Tools

Another great tool IT recruiters can use, in addition to de-biasing software, is targeting tools for their job ads. Do you want to target talent with a particular set ofinformation technology skills? Maybe you’re looking for local talent. Most employers prefer to hire locally when they can.

Job ad targeting tools allowyou to do this. You can zero in on the candidates you’re looking for. Whether you want to narrow the search by geographic area, skill set, or another parameter, you can do it with these tools in hand.

4. A Talent Management System

If you know you’re going to be hiring IT talent, you’ll want to invest in a talent management system. This powerful solution will help you find and hire the right IT talent for your business.

In fact, IT recruiters already use these systems in their hiring process. If you haven’t adopted one yet, you’ll want to do so soon.

5. Chatbots

Chatbots are almost everywhere these days. Improvements in machine learning and artificial intelligence have made chatbots a viable reality. As the technology becomes more refined and less expensive, it becomes easier for IT recruiters to add chatbots to their recruitment and hiring processes.

How does a chatbot help you? You can use it during the recruitment phase of your hiring process. It can answer common candidate questions, help them through the application process, or even talk to candidates and conduct pre-screening. You might even use it to locate passive candidates and shoot them a message about an open role. There’s no shortage of ways you could use a chatbot.

6. AI Screening Tools

Speaking of AI, the leaps and bounds this technology has made in recent years have meant it’s now being put to new uses. Machine learning allows AI to take large datasets and “learn” from them. Your TMS collects large amounts of information, and AI tools are now available to help you screen candidates who apply to your job ads.

These tools can learn from the TMS data and use what they’ve learned to screen candidate applications. This can help IT recruiters move through applications much faster. They can reduce the number of days it takes you to hire, meaning you get someone in the role sooner.

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John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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