Diversity shapes recruitment across MENA: LinkedIn

LinkedIn discovers four trends that are shaping recruitment across the Middle East and North Africa

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Diversity shapes recruitment across MENA: LinkedIn The findings have been taken from LinkedIn's ‘Global Recruiting Trends 2018' report. (Shutterstock)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 21, 2018

LinkedIn has discovered four trends that are shaping recruitment across the Middle East and North Africa, which are expected to impact how to get hired and stay interested in 2018.

Taken from LinkedIn's ‘Global Recruiting Trends 2018', the four trends include diversity, new interviewing tools, data and artificial intelligence.

According to the report, diversity has become the biggest game changer as 80% of talent acquisition leaders and hiring managers say that diversity is the top trend affecting how they hire. Companies prioritise diversity - gender, race, ethnicity, age, and education, to improve culture and financial performance.

The traditional job interview style is a problem as 58% of hiring managers say that interviewing innovations are ‘very' or ‘extremely' important to the future of hiring. These changes may include job auditions, soft skills test, virtual reality assessments and meeting in casual settings.

Furthermore, 48% of respondents revealed that they see data analytics as critical to future hiring and 36% feel that artificial intelligence will also benefit the process.

Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn Middle East and North Africa, LinkedIn, said: "Hiring talent has become highly transactional. The tedious candidate searches, the endless scheduling, and the repetitive screening are inefficient and mind-numbing. It's time for a new era of recruiting that focuses on the more gratifying parts of the job - the human part, the strategic part.

"AI is the future, but so is the human touch.  AI is a huge step forward for talent acquisition, but it will never fully automate it. Companies still need people - people to persuade and negotiate, to understand candidate needs, and to build communities and cultures. These four trends are just the beginning of what we predict is a movement to make the transactional recruiter obsolete. To stay alive professionally, recruiters will have to embrace them," Matar concluded.

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