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Massive candidate applications increase adds more recruiter pain

Recruitment is like ‘shooting fish in a barrel’. Except the barrel is an ocean, and the only fish is hiding behind sharks, dolphins and seaweed… In many sectors the volume of candidate applications has gone through the roof in recent months.

The increased time to hire adds cost, admin and uncertainty to the hiring process, and significantly reduces the likelihood of someone starting the role. At a time when some say Recruitment should be easier than ever, many are feeling the pain of the ‘no win, no fee’ business model.

Simon Benford, Director at Pertemps Managed Solutions added his view which explained things very well: “Stats are coming through that people are applying for at least 8 times more jobs than before the Covid-19 pandemic, and the challenge for talent acquisition teams is now reverting to managing this volume of applications whilst managing an effective candidate engagement.”

Simply put, right now there are millions of active jobseekers, which equates to tens of millions of online applications, with some sectors experiencing a 30% increase.

One way Recruiters and HR staff can reduce cost, risk and time is by implementing a simple skills testing and assessment platform – you can even get FREE SKILLS TESTING from ISV.Online.

Clive Hennessy, Account Manager at ISV.Online commented on the huge increase in platform usage over recent months: “We’ve seen a 73% increase between February and May in the MS Office tests alone as customers make the most of the furlough scheme training staff during the quieter times.  Customers big and small have used this time to reduce the volume of applicants, and also test and train staff.  It’s great to see feedback from global brands such as Momenta Group.”

Santhiya Swatton, Head of Resourcing at Momenta Group, adds: “ISV’s online testing allows us to virtually test our associates’ skill sets within a timely and consistent manner. As we can adapt the testing for specific client and project demands and present data alongside our own interview notes, we are ensured to make quality placements, time and time again.”


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Massive candidate applications increase adds more recruiter pain