Tech & Tools: January/February 2022

A look at some AI services with recruiters and employers in mind

AI helps to ask the right questions

Video-interviewing and assessment platform Modern Hire has enhanced its on-demand Automated Interview Scoring (AIS) functionality. Clients receive Modern Hire’s proprietary Question Sets verified across industries and jobs, plus AI-generated ranked candidate recommendations. The features are designed to mitigate bias, speed up time-to-hire and drive best-fit hiring outcomes. Question Sets have been developed for several job families, including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, call centre, professional and sales. Responses to individual questions are scored and combined into a single candidate score with AIS outputting ranked recommendations to drive consistency and lighten the load for hiring teams. AIS launched last year to help interviewers avoid unconscious bias by providing a consistent and objective selection methodology that focuses only on the job-relevant aspects of candidate responses.

A new model for recruitment?

The aim behind the Inbeta recruitment platform is to build a new model for recruitment “that fights unfairness and inefficiency at scale”, said founder James Nash. Inbeta seeks to overcome unconscious and institutional bias within the recruitment process, making use of advanced aggregation of data and human science to surface diverse, high-calibre candidates, with the “objective potential” to perform in a specific role. As well as technology and data, Inbeta draws on specialist executive coaches. Candidates undertake a tailored programme beyond their start date to ensure a successful transition into the company. This process is informed by measuring the cultural affinities and drivers of the candidate, headhunter and hiring manager to address bias that might have previously been undetected.

Integration bolsters international contingent offering

Recruitment technology provider Pixid Group, whose vendor management system (VMS) incorporates 30% of all French contingent workers, has formed an international partnership with Bullhorn. The two-way integration with Bullhorn’s cloud-based platform will mean that agencies benefit from connected applicant tracking and VM systems. The companies claim that the integration will enable recruitment suppliers to receive requests and identify, select and supply suitable candidates for contingent work assignments directly via the Bullhorn system within seconds. It will be of particular benefit to temporary staffing agencies, MSPs and master vendors, enabling them to expand their ability to provide rapid contingent recruitment services to clients. Bullhorn is actively seeking partnerships for its Marketplace. In November 2021, it announced it had acquired longstanding Marketplace partner Cube19, the analytics and reporting specialist. 

Video interviewing continues its rise

Access Recruitment has integrated video interviewing technology within its CRM system. It claims to offer agencies the functionality at an affordable cost within their existing platform without the need to invest in further technology or build a relationship with a new partner. Access Recruitment reported that embedded video technology was placed high on the product roadmap following market and customer insights about what would help them in the hybrid world of work and in the light of Covid-19. The video functionality can also be used by consultants to create video content about open roles.

Increasing intelligence in the hiring process

Hiring intelligence start-up Screenloop has raised $2.5m (£1.8m) in funding to progress its plans to bring intelligence, performance and automation to the recruitment process. Screenloop offers sourcing, interviewing, referencing and analytics components. Source helps recruiters to discover a new channel and network of potential candidates through their existing and future hires; Interview helps to bring intelligence to the interviewing process by giving access to recordings, transcriptions, real-time prompts and facilitates collaboration with global teams; Reference automates the reference process and claims to reduce time spent by 90%; Analytics helps recruiters to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of a candidate and matches key attributes for a role. Screenloop was founded by a team of senior operators from unicorn companies who believe existing recruitment processes are inefficient, outdated and unfair.

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