Time-to-Apply – new research and surprising data

Posted by Dr Glyn Brokensha
6 Aug 2018

Just how important is “Time-to-Apply”? Talk around the traps is that applicants are unwilling to spend more than a very few minutes on job applications?  But is this true?  New research about Time-to-Apply from Kantrowitz, Tuzinski & Raines of SHL strongly suggests it is not…   ” HR staff understand what candidates are looking for … mostly but… … HR respondents tend to be more extreme in the extent to which they believe candidates prefer short, novel, technology-enabled hiring tools, compared to actual candidate preferences.” SHL Global Assessment Trends Report Tracy M. Kantrowitz Kathy A. Tuzinski Justin M. Raines So…  Read More

#MythBusting: How screening questions really affect applicant experience

Posted by Liz van Zyl
26 Jul 2018
Applicant Experience, Screening Questions, ATS, Applicant Tracking System

We keep hearing about the war for talent… “Today it’s not just challenging, it’s downright hard and complex,” says Jacob Morgan on Inc.com. In this article published on Harvard Business School’s website, Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, and Beth Axelrod – authors of The War for Talent – are quoted as predicting that “the crucial force that will make or break firms in the next two decades will be their ability to attract, develop, and retain managers at all levels.” Clearly hiring talented professionals is more competitive than ever (not to mention the significant costs associated with staff turnover).  Not just…  Read More

HR & Finance – An Unlikely Power Couple

Posted by Liz van Zyl
26 Jul 2018
HRIS SaaS HRTechnology

As CFOs at the helm of two high-growth HR tech organisations, Xref’s James Solomons and Kristie Langley-Gliddon from Expr3ss! – Software that Simplifies Staff Selection, are perfectly placed to discuss the evolving relationship between finance and HR. Here they share their views on everything from the financial implications of hiring decisions, the hidden costs of a bad hire and how they ensure their finance team is seen as more than just bean counters. How have the financial implications of hiring decisions changed? Kristie: “The more things changed, the more they stayed the same…” This was my experience prior to joining Expr3ss!. Ever…  Read More

How Expr3ss! and Xref Practice What We Preach

Posted by Liz van Zyl
26 Jul 2018
HRIS ATS SaaS

As competition for talent reaches an all-time high, the rush to get the best candidates through the door can often overshadow the focus on doing hiring well. Technology providers globally now all claim to offer the solution to balancing speed and insight but, for an industry that has operated in much the same way for decades, accepting that there’s a better way to do things can be a bitter pill to swallow. The disruptors that will get organisations on board with the tools they offer, will be those that lead by example. We asked Expr3ss! founder and managing director, Carolyne Burns, and…  Read More

Australian HR professionals lead the way in adopting clever technology

Posted by Liz van Zyl
22 Apr 2018

Australian Human Resource professionals are more forward thinking than most.  Recent research by AHRI [1] showed that not only are dynamic HR professionals unafraid of the future, but they’re actually embracing change and technological advancement rapidly. With 96% of Australian HR professionals reporting that they view technology and AI in particular as their friend rather than their foe, it’s clear that local HR professionals are world leaders. The research indicates that HR professionals don’t simply want to use technology for the sake of it, they are open mainly to tech that improves their processes.  And there is consensus that tech products like…  Read More

Why you didn’t get a Christmas card from us…

Posted by Liz van Zyl
30 Jan 2018
Expr3ss! Charity Giving Back

2017 has come and gone. And you may have noticed that we didn’t send you a Christmas card. No ‘happy holiday’ wishes, no ‘festive fun’. Nothing.   Instead, and in typical Expr3ss! style, we did something better: we Christmas Gifted on your behalf. As you probably know by now, it’s an Expr3ss! tradition to put our money where our mouths are by supporting worthy causes every chance we get. So, we scrapped Christmas card sending altogether. While they are lovely to receive, they very quickly get forgotten and blend into everything else at Christmas time. Instead, we like to give the…  Read More

Think Widget! Are your website career pages working for you?

Posted by Dr Glyn Brokensha
14 Oct 2017

Q: Are you missing out? A:  If you don’t have the Expr3ss! widget on your website career pages, you probably are. Q:  What’s the Expr3ss! Widget? A:  It’s a few lines of code you can copy/paste into your website that display your current Expr3ss! jobs right there within your website in real time, always up-to-date. Q:  Why is it important? A:  We’re seeing an increasing trend for job applicants to look for jobs on your company website.  Even if they find the job on a job board (like Seek) or a free Job Aggregator (like Indeed or Jora), they’ll navigate to…  Read More

Paid Job Ads arrest decline against Job Aggregators

Posted by Dr Glyn Brokensha
20 Aug 2017

In researching some current data from our database of more than 3 million job applications, we came across some interesting trends regarding Job Aggregators and where applicants find the jobs they are applying for (Applicant Source).  We report our findings here. Most readers would be aware of the profound disruption of the paid job board market by the entry of the Job Aggregators (e.g. Indeed, Adzuna, Glassdoor etc).  These “Google for Jobs” sites function by scanning the whole web for jobs and then “indexing” them, just as Google scans for web pages [1].  Jobs then become searchable, just as web…  Read More

Take talent : what does success look like?

Posted by Carolyne Burns
6 Jun 2017
High-value jobs

If you already know what success looks like in a specific job based on the characteristics, behaviours and attitudes of people who’ve done well in it, why not use that to inform your next recruitment for that very same job? It’s all data and information that you already have within your Expr3ss! service anyway, so why not put it to good use? The idea is not to hire carbon copies of the people already successful in role but to help you provide a more diversified shortlist for the job. By using an applicant’s rating within Expr3ss! to pinpoint applicants already…  Read More

Take the plunge : get your own talent pool

Posted by Carolyne Burns
2 May 2017
behaviours and attitude

I’m a big advocate of hiring for behaviours and attitudes, and training for skills. This means, doing your utmost to match the right people to your business, rather than relying on a CV. CVs and job titles are rarely an accurate representation of an individual, their attitudes, and whether they will be successful in role. Nor are interviews, as reported in the New York Times recently http://nyti.ms/2ouIA3P How can you take this one step further to ensure you’re hiring not only for the right behavioural fit, but also individuals who really want to be there? How can you distinguish between…  Read More