Perhaps One of These Recruiting Technology Startups Will Be a Homerun

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 12.24.12 PMBigger human resources/recruiting technology companies are scurrying around working on new products. IBM, using Watson, is working on a release of its new “Kenexa Talent Insights” product using common language, like “What is the most common reason for candidates rejecting an offer?” We’ve heard that sometime around November 12, Glassdoor (as it also eyes a European expansion) will launch a “company updates” feature, a little like you see on a LinkedIn home page feed. And Gild — wow, did we just call that a big company? That’s what happens when there are so many startups — is transitioning itself from a sourcing/screening tool for developers into a full-blown recruiting system for all candidates.

But, meanwhile, you have more new companies launching in this field. Like:

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  • Homerun, based in the Netherlands right now, for writing job descriptions, asking screening questions, collaborating to make a hiring decision, and more.
  • Joblint, for testing a job description for “sexism, culture, expectations, and recruiter fails.” We’re having some fun (though getting mixed results) testing some of the more outrageous job descriptions. We’re also wondering about video.
  • Fyre, out of Orlando. The website isn’t the most clear as to what the company does — but essentially it’s a tool to track candidates and call up notes while you source, working into your existing workflow (as opposed to a new system).
  • Salary Fairy, for the community to predict what someone should make.

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.


5 Comments on “Perhaps One of These Recruiting Technology Startups Will Be a Homerun

  1. IBM’s gradual positioning of Watson for talent acquisition purposes is very interesting. That’s something to really keep an eye on. The initial functionality is certainly going to be relatively modest, but longer-term the adoption of cognitive computing and machine learning will be extremely disruptive to sourcing and recruiting. This is technology that someday (not too far off) will probably completely replace recruiters and sourcers for most TA projects. The focused purpose and clear boundaries of the typical “recruiting call” make this an appealing target for next-gen AI systems. Advantages in scalability and efficiency will make up for a lot even if success ratios are lower on any particular interaction. If nothing else, these technologies will augment traditional, human recruiters and provide significant cost-benefit advantages.

    Doug Friedman
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  2. I was amazed by the new Gild platform when I saw it at an event last week: intelligent, collaborative, automatic. Wow!

  3. I love the Fyre product. I find that without it I get lost in the sea of candidates I’m sourcing. It integrates fully with API based ATS systems like Tempworks Software (my company). We’re distributing it to all our sourcing/recruiting oriented clients.

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