Modern Recruitment Tools: Swipe Right to Job Candidates?
Looking for a quick and easy way to engage with job seekers and talented individuals with skills that are relevant for your business and its job opening? Ever wish matching with talent was as easy as matching with people on social networks or dating apps? Well, there are modern recruitment tools available that enable recruiters to do just that. Discover how dating apps like Tinder have provided inspiration for the hiring game.
The concept of swiping right for connecting with people
Jonathan Badeen and the team at Tinder brought the concept of swiping to the dating scene in 2012. They weren’t the first dating app and certainly weren’t the first dating service. What they did was provide a platform where users could indicate their interest with a simple swipe of a finger. That introduced immediate feedback and a certain no-b.s. truth to the process that was totally new. Until pepelwerk, the idea of "swipe right" for a job candidate or a work opportunity hadn't been available.
No matter how unbiased, free of judgment and open to love we all say we are, we really aren’t. We are hyper picky consciously and unconsciously. We choose who we are attracted to based on the smallest amount of detail, chemistry, and emotional state while taking in external cues from someone’s facial features, the sound of their voice, clothing, and body language. Everything about them provides a clue to who they are and what they're all about. You've evaluated a tremendous amount of information about a person and formed an opinion in a matter of seconds. You make a decision to say yes or no. Albeit a skewed, emotional, sensory-based decision but a decision none-the-less.
In the instance of Tinder, you are saying yes or no to a romantic connection. So, why couldn’t we apply the same ease and experience of getting a partner in life to getting the work that we want? Why can't we simply swipe right to connect to jobs and talent? Well, we make that possible.
What about discrimination?
The hiring world is very similar to the dating world in many ways. An Employer (or the people they choose to represent the company in hiring and recruiting) look for qualified job candidates to match with. The hiring manager creates technical requirements, criteria, and defines their standards. When the time comes to have conversations with potential job candidates, the process opens to personal biases. In the US, the EEOC had 84,000 charges of discrimination in 2017 and is expected to grow a minimum of 15%. I don’t know how many of those cases are valid but I do know that our current popular process and methods of hiring aren't preventing it or allowing us to disprove it.
My years of discrimination cases and wrongful hiring practices screams, "No! It's too risky!" But, the only way to misuse these modern recruitment tools is to go out of your way to be discriminatory. As with any other recruitment tools, the risk of discrimination comes down to the internal hiring manager or the HR manager. These people are responsible for making decisions based on factors that are relevant to a person’s ability to do the job. If you are already doing appropriate EEOC training and working within your organization to seek out and destroy prohibited practices, pepelwerk won't open a weakness in your company. We have appropriate legal language in place that sets boundaries and helps protect all of our users.
Matching skills to Talent
What if you could "swipe right" for job candidates and avoid the risk of potential discrimination by matching directly, skill for skill, to Talent? Well, our modern recruitment tools enable Employers to do this. We're disrupting the hiring game.
Creating an opportunity to make a suitable match in a streamlined way is a huge benefit for both the Employer and the Talent to focus on the work and getting skills that matter. It's difficult to shop for your ideal partner this way because the criteria can sometimes be immeasurable. You can’t search for jobs or filter by candidates because you don’t know what you don’t know about working opportunities or the job seekers to make the match work. But, you can match skill for skill when designing a job description and creating a Talent profile.
Pepelwerk's modern recruitment tools for Employers
Pepelwerk was designed to bring the familiar match experience to the job market. Our goal is to improve how we get the work and find the candidates in a fair, responsive, accountable environment. We didn’t borrow the Tinder experience (so, you aren't literally going to swipe right for job candidates). But, we simplify and enhance the quality of job matching results to bring better human connections to the working world. Getting work and getting Talent to do the work doesn’t have to be so hard.
The key is skills-based job matching. Want to take the hassle out of attracting and sourcing suitable job candidates? Fancy doing away with the resume-based process? Explore our modern recruitment tools for Employers and discover a better way to hire!