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How can companies navigate the future of talent acquisition and improve candidate experience?

by | Jul 27, 2023

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How can companies navigate the future of talent acquisition and improve candidate experience?

The latest HR on the Offensive podcast focuses on talent acquisition and the candidate experience. Host Chris, alongside fellow LACEr David Pacifico, introduce guest speaker, Maggie Spong, the former Global Head of Talent Acquisition at AstraZeneca and Roche 

What are the challenges faced by talent acquisition leaders?

Maggie emphasises the significance of candidate experience and the need for recruiters to empathise with candidates throughout the hiring process. She believes that companies must continuously improve their candidate experience, as it greatly impacts their reputation and ability to attract top talent. 

Another challenge discussed is optimising the tools available for talent acquisition. Maggie suggests that companies must choose the right tools and involve key stakeholders in the decision-making process. Data analytics also play a crucial role in improving recruitment processes and fostering proactive recruitment. 

Why is creating a positive candidate experience crucial?

Maggie highlights the role of hiring managers in shaping the candidate experience and building advocacy for the company’s brand. As frontline representatives of the organisation, hiring managers are often the first point of contact for potential candidates. Their interactions and behaviours during the hiring process can have a lasting impact on how candidates perceive the company. 

Does a company’s culture influence the candidate experience?

Creating a culture that values talent acquisition and encourages all employees to be brand advocates is essential for the long-term success and growth of an organisation. Such a culture not only enhances the candidate experience but also strengthens the employer brand, retaining high-performing employees. A negative experience during the hiring process will not only reduce the chances of them applying in the future but affect their perception of your products and/or services as a consumer. 

What does the future hold for talent acquisition?

Maggie predicts that the role of recruiters will evolve due to technological advancements. While technology will automate some tasks, she believes the personal touch and relationship-building skills of recruiters will remain critical. 

Listen now for valuable insights into the world of talent acquisition and the evolving landscape of candidate experiences. 

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