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Digitisation utilises profiling to improve the speed and quality of hiring outcomes. Matchmaking in a digitised world is no future dream: How will Intern Avenue change the world of recruitment?

by Dupsy Abiola

Necessity is the mother of invention and all innovation starts with a basic need, problem, or frustration. Some years ago, I found myself wondering why it was so hard to find the right junior talent for my firm.

It seemed strange to me that whilst we are entering a golden age of big data and knowledge, my colleagues and I were still randomly sifting CVs and combing career events attempting to “strike candidate gold” rather than leveraging technology. As it turns out the individual issues I was facing at that time were only part of a greater problem on a much larger scale.

Europe has an average youth unemployment rate of 23% (Eurostats 2012). Last summer, Angela Merkel confirmed that the issue is now “the most pressing problem facing Europe at the present time” (Guardian 2013). If current levels remain the same, it is estimated that the net cost of this issue at the state level will run into several billions of euros. For each individual affected, even six months out of work early in a career could amount to a £50k (63.5k Euros) lifetime wage scar (impetus 2013).

There have been vast changes in the way in which people engage with one another both on and off line; little of this innovation has however changed the way in which we evaluate and recruit human capital. Recruitment is one of the most common forms of professional match-making; but techniques used by organisations (large and small) remain largely unchanged.

Every day, thousands of employers and candidates seek to connect; however it is still extremely hard to find great people. Almost 1 in 5 vacancies remain difficult to fill due to skills related reasons (UKCES). A further 22% of new recruits will leave within 6 months of starting at a cost of millions in wasted training and re-recruitment (Jobsite 2008).

The central problem for employers is that there is no simple short cut to engaging high quality and high fit candidates with suitable skills sets without spending (often considerable) time and expense. Job boards, agencies, CV databases, and even social media platforms do little to automate and optimise the process of targeting the most appropriate people quickly.

Dupsy Abiola

Dupsy Abiola at Digitising Europe Summit 2014 (Photo: Vodafone Institute)

Fast growth and adoption of technology, access to information and data availability has however opened up a range of opportunities to improve the way in which we approach this problem. I believe this brings exciting possibilities for better match-matching which is at the core of what the Intern Avenue platform provides.

Intern Avenue’s team has spent years looking at how to utilise profiling to improve the speed and quality of hiring outcomes. We have been collating millions of data points on thousands of candidate profiles and hiring interactions. Our team’s main goal is to automate the process of assessing and identifying skills matches and believe in so doing we can reduce the time and cost involved in finding high quality junior talent dramatically.

Our award-winning technology uses advanced candidate profiling to automate and optimise recruitment by using an algorithm that generates matching scores between appropriate candidate profiles and employer job requirements. The future of match-making must move towards facilitating more appropriate connections allowing employer to engage with relevantly skilled individuals – we believe this is the way to changing the world of recruitment and hope that Intern Avenue will be the best short cut.