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The world of recruitment is changing thanks to the Internet of Things

Author: Keane Beaken  |  Date published: August 30, 2023, UK  |  Read est: 6 min read

Focus Group
Focus Group
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The recruitment sector is growing, evolving, and being reshaped to become ever-more advanced in its operational practices and to take full advantage of the progressive tech sphere in which we now find ourselves. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a game-changer so it’s time to explore its impact within the Recruitment industry.

Thanks to a wealth of Internet of Things solutions, the whole recruitment process has become more efficient and accurate with automated technology placing applicants into the perfect position and subsequently offering each employer the best candidate. Furthermore, increased involvement of the virtual world, powered by the Internet of Things, closes the geographical gap and connects all of the best talent from across the globe allowing jobseekers to prove themselves in virtual interviews and virtual reality simulators. These vitual simulations help to assess problem-solving skills, adaptability and real-time reactions in dynamic work scenarios, allowing recruiters to look far beyond the candidate's resume whilst negating travel time, costs and demands upon limited resources.

There are also some unexpected ways that the Internet of Things will transform the recruitment process. For example, data-driven insights can be gathered from more sources than just virtual reality simulators. Candidates’ behaviours can be monitored through wearables and sensors, that all reveal their work habits and exact performance metrics.

The advantages of the Internet of Things can be widely embraced by any business seeking to improve its recruitment processes and employee retention. For employers, the benefits may come in the form of more data-based decisions, so that they employ the candidates with the most relevant skills and attributes. This will help to not only maintain but improve the general work culture and workforce productivity. Additionally, employers now also have the ability to monitor employee satisfaction, so with IoT devices, real changes can be made to improve well-being, keeping the staff happy and increasing retention.

Candidate scanning and searching

Combining IoT with artificial intelligence (AI), recruiters’ time is saved as initial screenings can be automated based on specific criteria. This may include using IoT to detect relevant information, whether that’s education, work experience, skills, or to compare CVs against keywords from the job description. The AI can then assign the candidate scores, allowing the recruiters to see whether they’re a match, with unparalleled ease. This also means that there is less chance of unconscious bias, as a candidate's success depends totally on their skills, not demographic. On top of this, predictive analytics can use data-driven information to predict the interviewee’s potential future success if employed, meaning that no money or time is wasted.

Automation of recruitment tasks

In recruitment, IoT now allows companies to quickly respond to any applicant or to any enquiries. For example, if a new candidate submits an application, a notification can be sent to the recruiter’s device, or an AI chatbot can be implemented to instantly respond to answer commonly asked questions. IoT services can also make the logistical process smoother for both parties as calendars can be connected, making choosing the ideal time for an interview simple, and can send out automatic emails to invite the individual.

As well as looking out for the ways in which the applicant fits the bill, Internet of Things solutions can also automatically screen for red flags. Background checks can be performed to spot any abnormalities in resumes, inappropriate social-media content, or whether they have a criminal record. IoT devices can now delve even deeper, bringing attention to shifts in tone, or volatile levels of communication, all of which flag up potential problems that may need to be explored further.

Accessing data

Working in recruitment means scanning through masses of data daily. This data then needs to be processed and stored effectivity to allow ease of access, whilst guaranteeing it remains secure given the high volumes of sensitive data involved Cloud-based storage systems are reliable to a fault, with some great advantages that include scalability to flexibly fit demand, cost-efficiency, boundless accessibility and crucial real-time data. After recruiters have gathered all of the necessary information, this can then be tagged and categorised, using keywords or labels to make retrieving it later on much more straightforward. Information from the Internet of Things can also be fetched using voice commands, with NLP algorithms guaranteeing that the users’ exact request is met.

New job opportunites

With all of this on the horizon, it doesn’t just mean a new era for recruitment, but a new era for employment itself. The job market is expanding thanks to the Internet of Things, as those with data deciphering skills, and the hardware and software architects among us, become key assets to the IoT ecosystem. The universal advantages are being recognised by companies everywhere, meaning recruitment will be working non-stop with the aid of IoT, and demand for a wide range of specialised workers will never fall short.

Benefits and challenges

The Internet of Things marks a new and transformative era for recruitment. With IoT, the issue of geographical boundaries has become void, providing a boundless and global supply of fabulous talent. The use of immersive technologies puts extra emphasis on the word fabulous, as analysing candidates’ skills, discerning patterns, and predicting trends, has become more accurate and in depth than ever before, so hiring an employee is never a shot in the dark. As well as for employees and employers, IoT helps the middle-man’s job to become more targeted and precise, as recruiters can monitor how applicants interact with job listings and application portals, offering a more personal and enhanced experience. Without the use of the Internet of Things, your recruitment process is vulnerable to stagnation, but with the continuous, data-driven improvements, you can draw together user feedback to refine the process to a hair's breadth, so the only way is up.

Although the Internet of Things is full of glitz and glamour, there are a few challenges that are worth noting. The more we depend on the digital sphere to keep us connected, the more doors this provides for cyber criminals to come knocking on. It is crucial that you reap the benefits of the IoT in an informed and vigilant way, ensuring your security measures keep your information yours, and protect your business with antivirus software. It is also important to keep within the regulation guidelines to stay responsible and protect users’ privacy rights.

What is the future of the internet of things in recruitment?

The Internet of Things, as a sector, thrives on curiosity and creativity, and it demands audacity to think big and put those thoughts into reality. There are many new ways to propel businesses into success, and with IoT services, your employees can be so perfectly selected, that everything from A to Z is streamlined, and efficiency is maximised. Google is a key example of the advantages of Internet of Things in the recruitment process, as they use Google Glasses to record interviews for later analysis. Recruiters will learn who candidates are on a more real level, as IoT provides a chance to look beyond a CV and prove in no uncertain terms that they will fall into place within the company’s workforce.

Simple changes are a good way to ease your company into the IoT world. Including, but not limited to:

  • Introducing chatbots/ voice assistants to promptly answer candidates’ questions, keeping them well informed, and consistently engaged
  • Using IoT devices to create suitable schedules for interviews, and to send out automated invitations
  • Centralising the application process with portals for applicants to submit necessary documents, and to alert recruiters when this happens
  • Offering tours of workplaces with VR, allowing candidates to see if they’re a good match Develop IoT platforms that allow potential employees to face real-world scenarios, in order to accurately measure problem-solving and critical

If you’d like to chat about how IoT could be integrated into your business to enhance your recruitment processes, contact us today to find out more.

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Keane Beaken
Mobile Director

Keane, with an illustrious 22-year career in the business mobile industry, has been leading the Mobile team at Focus Group for over 15 years. During this time, Keane has been instrumental in building the division into the UK’s leading independent provider of business mobile solutions whilst keeping customer satisfaction front of mind at all times. His extensive experience in the sector has facilitated consistent growth of the business, both organically and through successful acquisitions.

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