HR Boss have put forward their top six recruiting trends for Asia in 2014. In no particular order the company have made the following forecasts:
1. Use of Big Data Metrics for Recruiting (Talent Analytics)
Brad Pitt stars in Moneyball, the film about how data revolutionised sports recruiting and transformed a team of underestimated baseball players into superstar athletes. In the so-called ‘War for Talent’, those who make data-supported decisions instead of relying on gut-feel will take the lead in 2014. We will see a tangible shift away from recruiting decisions based on ‘intuition’, with the smartest recruiters looking at less obvious but more accurate indicators of a candidate’s true value.
For instance, US predictive analytics company Evolv discovered that applicants who fill out online job applications with third-party browsers like Firefox or Chrome perform better and change jobs less frequently than people who use Internet Explorer. Apparently, the significance of a candidate independently choosing to download a browser that has not been pre-installed on their computer is indicative of a higher IQ and sharper sense of initiative. This is just one example of how analysis of candidate behaviors can help recruiters make the right hires- and move away from guesswork towards data-driven decision making.