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How is Google’s grad recruitment going to look in 5 years?

Graduate recruitment season is upon us once again, and we’ve seen yet another year of innovation. The brightest grads are attracted to the recruiters who are paving the way in digital recruitment technology, not those who are stuck in the recruitment equivalent of the Stone Age. If you need proof you can’t look past Google, who receive more than 2 million applications per year. Google is already an expert in digital recruitment, and have proven themselves to be on the cutting edge of recruitment. I’m no futurist, but here’s some of the tools which Google might be implementing in their hiring in the next five years:

  • Getting the right FIT? One of Talegent’s own developments in the recruitment space has been the creation of full immersion testing, or FIT for short. In brief, FIT is an innovative new testing technology that presents candidates with video-based scenarios and asks the candidate to select the best response to the situation. When compared to cognitive testing and personality questionnaires, situational judgement tests provide and engaging, realistic job preview while measuring many of the same personality characteristics and abilities.
  • Finding the right competencies: We worked with organisations across the globe to identify what the most desirable characteristics in graduates were, the attributes that made the difference between the next star performers, and the hires you regret. So what were the top 3? drive and motivation, people skills, and written communication. Even better, FIT is able to measure and identify these characteristics in graduates.
  • Augmented reality: Augmented reality blurs the line between the digital and the real workspace. By overlaying digital content on a real video (say your iPhone’s camera), you can produce a remarkably realistic simulation of any event you want. Augmented reality is going to have in the HR space over the next few years, by allowing recruiters to build highly realistic (not to mention customised) recruitment simulations. A work sample test is an excellent but highly expensive method for assessing graduate performance, and augmented reality and simulation will make this cheap and easy. While FIT could be considered the first steps on the road to an augmented workplace, over the next few years we’ll likely see widespread adoption of these technologies with some very exciting results.

Hopefully this was a good taste of some of the sweeping changes that are about to affect the graduate recruitment industry. If you would like to get find out about these technologies straight from the source you check out our website.


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