PPS is a recruitment business that focuses on ways to secure talent for organisations using varied and changing delivery mechanisms, and the latest expert thinking.
So we thought it appropriate to look at some of the very latest with some tips and predictions for 2013:
Industrial/ Student placements
We predict that Industrial Placements are on the up.
The implementation of student and industrial placements will continue to grow through 2013. Many current graduate employers are considering starting new placement schemes, pushed by growing numbers of Universities and Students looking to further their future employability with a year or a summer of work. Similarly, placement schemes can often act as a ‘feeder’ for company graduate schemes and therefore are of tremendous benefit.
We predict that there will be an increase in the amount of students who will take an interest in the type of placement that they might consider much earlier than university years. PPS predict that students will potentially alter their mindset when choosing A-Level subjects and deciding upon a university. Instead of university stats, students could pick a further education institution on the basis of its employability level and ability of students to have a placement year. Employers who get involved at this stage will have an advantage when it comes to recruiting top graduates.
Situational Judgement Tests
SJT (or Situational judgement tests) will be hot in 2013. Many employers are now looking for much more than technical skills – candidates also need to be a good ‘fit’ for the business and show the behavioural skills that match the organisation they are applying to. SJT’s are realistic (but hypothetical) situations a candidate might face in the job they’ve applied for. Alongside traditional recruitment activity, an STJ reinforces (for both parties) whether this really is the job for them.
“Day in the Life” pre-application self-selection.
Make sure that you are set to see the growth of applicant self-selection exercises, particularly on corporate career sites. Enabling an applicant to view exactly what a job entails ahead of completing an application allows them to opt out if the job doesn’t sound right, or makes them more committed if they continue.
Fewer and fewer job applicants do not have on-line access. So not using basic Applicant Tracking System technology for your vacancies becomes less and less sensible. Employers that can’t offer fully functional application and communication systems will be at a disadvantage. PPS advise that
Employ an apprentice/graduate in 2013
you look for systems that work on smart phones and tablets to stay ahead of the game.
You’re a savvy employer if you’re looking for apprentices this year.
Apprentices, industrial placements and graduates – wise employers will look at rolling out ‘programmes’ for each, to take advantage of current
market conditions to develop future talent. With 62,000 (17%) less students enrolled on higher education courses this year, it is bound to have a knock on-effect – enhancing the availability of talent at this level. Apprentice recruitment looks increasingly a sensible option.
With on-going high levels of applicants, ever increasing transport costs, as well as the other costs associated with face to face interviews, pre-screening techniques such as telephone interviewing will grow as a method to increase the ratio of face to face interviews that result in a job offer. And expect video interviewing – both pre-recorded and live, to grow as an alternative in this area too.
If you would like to discuss how PPS can help you with your recruitment in 2013, contact the team on 0121 713 8320
Written by Will Shepherd, Managing Director at PPS Works
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