Not the CV; Big Data helps recruit employees

(ft.com) Large players like Xerox now analyse personal data to determine the fate of job candidates. Big Data and complex algorithms are playing a big role in helping companies recruit with far-reaching consequences for job seekers and recruitment agencies  alike.

 

Xerox also  runs call centres for many outsourced services.  For recruitment of suitable workforce  for it’s call centres, it  has recently teamed up with Evolv which uses data sets of past behaviour to predict everything from salesmanship to loyalty. Candidates were put across a screening test covering a variety of questions. The results are surprising! Candidates who would never have a chance based on their CV are called for interviews.  For Xerox, this system seems to be working and the results are positive.

 

With offices becoming more automated, in recruitment, big data enables you to analyse volumes of data that in the past were hard to access and understand. Understanding the impact of social media on their business, headhunters are now using social media and job sites to recruit for professionals with specialised skills. Social media also helps job seekers to find the companies and locations which are the best match for their skill sets.

 

But will Big Data be effective for executive recruitment? Many employment agencies still believe that big data may not be a great idea while hiring senior executives. But as more companies start to analyse their employee data to make hiring decisions, using big data could be a new trend and recruitment could finally become more of a science than an art?

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