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Innovation and futurology in Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing and HR Technology. Matt Alder interviews thought leaders who are influencing and changing an industry

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Innovation and futurology in Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing and HR Technology. Matt Alder interviews thought leaders who are influencing and changing an industry

    Hiring From Marginalised Groups

    Hiring From Marginalised Groups

    For many years I've been reading about the work UK retailer Timpson does to hire ex-offenders and other marginalised groups. What they do is a win win win situation. It's a win for the ex-offenders who get a job, it's a win for society as employment is a crucial part of breaking the re-offending cycle, and it's a win for Timpson as they get access to a large talent pool.

    Now more than ever, employers need to be challenging traditional policies and beliefs to think differently about hiring. With that in mind, I'm absolutely delighted to welcome Darren Burns, Timpson's National Recruitment Manager and Head of The Timpson foundation, to the show. As well as running Timpson's own ex-offender hiring initiatives, Darren also advisors other companies looking to do the same, and he has some unique experience and advice to share

    In the interview, we discuss:

    The work of The Timpson Foundation

    Timpson's motivations behind recruiting ex-offenders

    Breaking the re-offending cycle

    Working with prisons in the recruiting process

    The benefits of employing ex-offenders

    Advice to other employers

    Accelerator prisons and prison reform

    What's next for Timpson

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    • 22 min
    Leveraging Recruiting Technology

    Leveraging Recruiting Technology

    Talent Acquisition is having to evolve at speeds we have never seen before, and recruiting technology is playing a central role in enabling this transformation. However, the recruiting technology ecosystem has never been more complicated and confusing. Building an effective tech stack can be challenging.

    My guest this week has a considerable amount of advice to share on the best ways to leverage recruiting technology in the dynamic environment employers are currently operating in. Ryan Dull is the Founder and CEO of Sagemark HR and an expert in pairing best fit technology, innovative process and industry best practices. 

    In the interview, we discuss:

    Talent Acquisition challenges

    Technology adoption

    Building Tech Stacks to improve efficiency and increase conversion

    How much of recruiting will be automated

    How do TA leaders make sense of the market?

    Stakeholder buy-in and support

    The impact of vendor acquisition and investment on customers

    Broader technology trends to keep an eye on for the future

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    • 33 min
    Scaling Hiring At Speed

    Scaling Hiring At Speed

    In today's talent markets, speed is critical when it comes to securing talent. Maintaining speed and quality when hiring is being scaled up is a challenge and is also a position many employers are now in.

    My guest this week is Katie Morrow, VP of People Operations at Podium. Podium is a rapidly growing business, and Katie has some great insight to share on scaling up hiring without losing speed or damaging the candidate experience.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    Scaling up talent acquisition

    High touch candidate experience

    The mind shift from relocation to remote

    Demonstrating company culture in virtual hiring

    Connecting people to the mission of the business


    The role of technology

    What do the next 12 - 18 months look like

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    • 21 min
    Strategic AI

    Strategic AI

    As I mentioned in the previous episode, with recruiting evolving so quickly, I will be dedicating a lot of time on the podcast to providing deep dives into how AI and Automation are being deployed to solve real life recruiting challenges.

    Conversational AI is a big topic at the moment, with a shift taking place from simple chatbots to sophisticated tools that can radically improve the candidate experience, speed up hiring and allow TA leaders to redeploy their human team members to higher-value tasks.

    So what are the thoughts processes, decision journies and implications of putting AI at the heart of your TA strategy? My guest this week is Shannon Hughes Swayney, SVP of Human Resource US at Prosegur. Prosegur uses conversational AI strategically throughout their employee lifecycle and has done an enormous amount of work to ensure that it reflects their employer brand values in an authentic and helpful way.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    Talent Acquisition challenges

    Putting AI at the heart of strategy

    Building a talent lifecycle solution and supporting candidate success

    The decision journey

    Basing a chatbot on a real person and embedding brand values

    Scripting and tone of voice

    Engagement, retention and compliance

    The balance between AI and humans

    ROI and results

    Advice to TA leaders

    The future of Talent Acquisition

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    • 27 min
    Automated Sourcing

    Automated Sourcing

    Recruiting Automation is finally moving from a theoretical concept to pragmatic reality. A combination of the unique pressures talent acquisition is currently under and some quantum leaps forward in technology means automation is becoming a smart solution for an increasing number of employers. However, I know that this currently throws up more questions than answers for many TA leaders, so over the coming weeks and months, I'll be doing some deep dives into the practicalities of automation with practitioners who have hands-on experience. We've recently had a couple of episodes looking at screening via conversational ai, and in this episode, I wanted to explore the growing trend towards automated sourcing.

    My guest this week is Mike Smart, a hands-on recruiter and Global Talent Leader at Devo. Devo is having a lot of success using automated sourcing to deal with some tough recruiting challenges, and Mike has some valuable insights and advice to share.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    Dealing with the mismatch in supply and demand of talent

    Helping hiring managers understand the reality of current hiring dynamics

    How employers can stand out on LinkedIn

    Automating manual processes

    Augmenting recruiters with intelligent technology

    Finding undiscovered candidates

    Can you effectively automate candidate outreach in a way that resonates?

    The power of being persistent

    Advice to Talent Acquisition leaders on the reality of automation

    What does the future look like?

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    • 26 min
    Candidates In Control

    Candidates In Control

    Challenging talent markets and the increasing adoption of AI-driven technology are driving a revolution in recruiting. We now see recruiting automation happening in many ways, and it's becoming clear that talent acquisition is changing forever.

    So how can employers use AI and automation technology to benefit recruiters and hiring managers and radically enhance the candidate experience?

    To help answer these questions in a practical way, I have two brilliant guests: Rhonda Lloyd, Director of People Solutions & Recruiting at Webhelp and Barb Hyman, CEO at Predictive Hire.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    How Webhelp is addressing recruiting challenges across the globe

    Putting candidates in control

    Is this the most innovative time we've ever seen in talent acquisition?

    Humans don't scale

    Automation and Smart Technology

    Finding undiscovered talent

    The end of the resume?

    Giving personalized feedback to every candidate

    Increasing both speed and quality

    Re-imagining the role of the recruiter

    Ethics and transparency

    Advice to talent acquisition leaders around AI vendors

    Why the future is personalized

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Kriss T ,

Kriss - Rec Services Manager - Vacancy Filler

I was looking for a podcast which would help broaden my knowledge and understanding of what is happening in the recruitment tech market. This Podcast achieves this whilst talking about some very interesting/current topics, whilst getting view points of executive members of the recruitment technology sector. If you want any of the above this Podcast is a must listen! Thank you for the Podcast so far Matt, keep up the good work.

chriswatt44 ,


I don't work in HR or recruitment directly, but having recently undertaken a project looking at intern hires for the team I work in, Matt's podcast has been invaluable.

The podcast is full of informative, relevant and actionable insight from industry leaders.

Ryan16021992 ,

More of a sales pitch than a podcast

Was hoping to hear ideas and thoughts on recruitment whether that be agency or in-house.
Just seems to be a lot of different recruitment servicing companies pitching their product.
It has some interesting concepts and ideas but just not enough to keep me engaged.

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