HRO Today magazine has made available the latest in its series of Flash Reports, which discuss the results of research and editorial papers that address topics of interest in today’s HR community. The first installment of the second volume covers technology’s impact on talent acquisition in North America.

As the #1 tech-enabled RPO, Cielo sponsored this report to help talent leaders find the right mix of technologies to blend into their talent acquisition process and futureproof their organizations.

Eighty respondents – each at the manager level or above – participated late last year in the online study, giving their opinions on topics ranging from the impact of technology on candidate experience, integrating automation into a talent acquisition function, where their teams need more skills, and more.

Some of the key findings include:

  • More than 80% of respondents said integrating automation into talent acquisition is “crucial” or “very important.”
  • Nearly 60% of respondents’ companies already use mobile-friendly job applications; video interviewing is used by 37%, and nearly one-quarter of all respondents plan to implement automated interview self-scheduling within the next two years.
  • Within two years, chatbots and Robotic Process Automation for administrative tasks are going to be used at a rate five times higher than they are currently.

The report concludes that, “Advances in technology, such as social media and sophisticated data-mining software, have taken a lot of the guesswork out of HR and reduced administrative tasks while increasing the speed of finding the right talent. Talent acquisition is rapidly becoming more ‘science’ that ‘art,’ and HR departments are responding to those changes.” Embracing new technology is more than just desirable, it is in fact essential for talent acquisition professionals who want to stay relevant.

Further Flash Reports will cover talent acquisition topics in the EMEA and APAC markets.

Visit HRO Today to see the full report.