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The evolution of candidate assessment tools and what it means for 2018

February 2, 2018

Day-long auditions, job tryouts and even competing for cash during interviews could all become part of the recruitment sector landscape in 2018 as the industry look to fine-tune their toolbox of candidate assessment tools.


LinkedIn’s Talent Solution’s Global Recruiting Trends 2018 report, released in January collating the responses of some 9,000 hiring managers and recruiters internationally, revealed the sector expects four trends to dominate hiring solutions during the upcoming year.




And more than half of those working in the Australian sector interviewed for the survey said new interview tools would be the most significant change facing the Australian sector in 2018 and would impact the way they hire.


The four key trends for 2018, as identified in the survey, were:

- Increased awareness of the need for diversity in the workplace

- New tools to assess top performers among candidates

- More incorporated use of data in hiring and employment trends

- The extended reach of Artificial Intelligence (AI)


“Traditional interviews are not going anywhere any time soon, but they have been proven to be an ineffective way to read candidates,” the Global Recruiting Trends 208 report states.


“They can even undercut the impact of more useful information and introduce more bias. For example, attractive and charismatic interviewees aren’t necessarily more capable, but we unconsciously assume they are.ias problem in traditional interviews as well as their limited ability to assess soft skills and weaknesses. It’s hard to evaluate grit in a candidate or spot disorganisation simply by having a chat.”


Jason Laufer, senior director of learning and talent solutions with LinkedIn Asia Pacific, said the survey revealed recruiters believed the traditional interview process inadequately: