Last Friday I was fortunate enough to attend TEDxToronto – an independently organized TED event, which took as its theme: Alchemy, the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary of great value.
TEDxToronto was thought-provoking. I’m definitely still contemplating some of the messages and speakers. But here are two key insights that I left with, which struck me as impactful for the future of HR:
1. The technology innovators of the future are not learning their skills at school
I recently had the opportunity to evaluate a new candidate assessment tool that is about to go into Beta. I love doing stuff like this. Poor guy that was charged with collecting my feedback ended up answering two pages of my questions before he got to ask his J Now, using tests as part of the selection process is nothing new, but it certainly feels as though there has been a renewed and vigorous focus on candidate assessments within the HR Technology landscape of late. Maybe the sluggish economy has created a heightened sensitivity amongst employers to the costs and risks associated with making a bad hire. Or maybe the sweet promises that the proponents of Big Data keep whispering in our general direction has made us hungry to know how all that info can help rid us of doubt about whether our top candidate is really The One.