Published Editorial

Recruitment trends 2016

June 2016

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Sandeep Kohli
National Director, HR, EY India

Increasing use of social, digital and mobile applications; enhanced focus on diversity hiring; tapping passive talent and targeting campus hires with entrepreneurial abilities are in my view, emerging trends in the recruitment landscape.

The trend of using online social networks for hiring started a few years ago and today social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter though non-conventional, are viewed as effective methods of sourcing talent. The role of technology is more crucial than before and therefore, the reliance on social media to source talent is on the upswing and will continue in the times to come. The internet and social media have made it much easier for recruiters to find and research potential candidates—especially elusive talent that may not be actively looking for a job.

As workplaces become more global and organisations increasingly realise how imperative a diverse work culture is, diversity hiring will prove to be a key game changer. Today diversity and inclusiveness are considered vital where clients expect to be served by a truly global firm, bringing the relevant mix of perspectives and skills. They expect organisations to take advantage of the diversity within teams to bring in different viewpoints.

In order to stay ahead of the curve, employees need to be able to demonstrate learning agility by proactively developing new capabilities and learning and unlearning with equal rigour. Organisations are increasingly becoming globally integrated, therefore employees should be able to embrace diversity of thought and perspectives—they need to be able to collaborate, capitalise on differences, and work effectively with people who are different from them.

Lastly, to survive in this ever evolving job scenario, people must be able to innovate on an ongoing basis. They need to have the vision to try something different, offer fresh insights and challenge status quo to create value. Professionals, who demonstrate learning agility, are open to new ideas and experiences and are ready to learn and unlearn will be the game changers.