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4 Takeaways from RecFest22 – Harver

By Chris Pateman, VP of Gross sales, EMEA

Final week over 3,500 expertise acquisition professionals gathered in Knebworth, England for RecFest 2022. For these unfamiliar with RecFest – or Knebworth – it’s in contrast to another “conventional” business convention. With a festival-like feeling, RecFest breaks down the obstacles and permits attendees to authentically join, community and study from one another. In a nod to Knebworth’s illustrious historical past as an iconic music venue, there was even stay music because the night drew in.

Whereas I’ve attended RecFest just a few occasions over time, the environment this time was totally different. Maybe this may very well be as a result of the Competition was again to pre-pandemic attendance numbers or possibly now greater than ever TA professionals wanted an opportunity to take a step again – regardless RecFest 2022 was an expertise for the ages. 

I discovered myself spending time connecting with colleagues, prospects and business friends, a few of whom I’ve identified for years and haven’t seen in-person for fairly a while, and others that I had the chance to fulfill for the primary time face-to-face. There’s something fairly particular about genuinely spending time collectively in-person whether or not over a drink, at our stand with our particular ‘Harver Blue’ ice cream or whereas networking at different classes.

Listed below are my 4 takeaways from final week: 

  1. The TA business is flourishing. 

There isn’t a query the expertise acquisition business is a superb place to be in 2022. Expertise choice, growth, and mobility are every large particular person markets, and collectively signify over a $1 trillion “Mega Market.” This was obvious from the sheer dimension and scale of RecFest, from the three,500 attendees and dozens of distributors.  And in right now’s stormy occasions, the place TA leaders have been challenged over the previous two years to trip waves of uncertainty to draw and recruit expertise to guarantee enterprise progress and profitability, it has turn into sure that expertise acquisition is turning into much less of a help perform and extra of a strategic asset to the enterprise. 

  1. Proving strategic enterprise worth is a continued problem.

Primarily based on many conversations at RecFest, TA professionals know precisely the options they should transfer ahead however proceed to battle to show their strategic worth and get the funding and a focus from their enterprise. This all comes all the way down to having the information to show it — and translating recruitment knowledge into enterprise language.  This begins with understanding how your small business wins by researching, analysing and measuring the outcomes that matter to your small business. You’ll want help that can assist you carry the information collectively in a single place and generate insights. Clearly be sure that any instruments you implement have good integration capabilities, after which search for an answer that has enterprise intelligence capabilities to see every little thing in a single place.​ Lastly, you might want to have an important understanding of how your small business measures success. 

  1. Balancing hiring for velocity vs. high quality is a continued concern in right now’s market.

Expertise scarcity continues to be a urgent situation for TA professionals – and one thing that’s seemingly not going away. TA professionals wish to rent as rapidly as attainable to fill roles but in addition need high quality candidates who might be retained year-over-year. How can they obtain this stability and ensure candidate expertise is fast and straightforward, however that the group is hiring the precise individuals? In the course of the Competition I used to be chatting with somebody who was occupied with implementing assessments to make sure the “high quality” of the candidate, however they didn’t need that to impression the “velocity” of rent. Would that candidate stroll away in the event that they needed to take an evaluation? Whereas this can be a frequent query we get, selecting the best assessments and making certain an important expertise, in addition to setting expectations on the method with the candidate, will collect the precise candidates who need (and can) keep at your group for the long term.

  1. Prioritizing DEI stays a prime precedence.

Range, fairness, and inclusion was a continued theme and precedence to TA professionals. Whereas TA leads are decisive on the operational applied sciences and options they want for his or her enterprise, they wish to guarantee these options are serving to to push DEI ahead for his or her group. It’s crucial that the applied sciences they make investments in genuinely drive this mission ahead. Lots of the conversations I had at RecFect targeted on accessibility of our know-how and the way it can take away unconscious bias, which is one thing that needs to be, and might be, a precedence for organizations. 

Fascinated about studying extra about how our merchandise, together with assessments, hiring course of automation, reference checking and video interview capabilities, assist organizations make higher expertise choices throughout the hiring course of? Schedule a demo right now.


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