Panel Discussion: the Future of Hiring

AHK Event Report

The German Australian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Pongolabs and supported by The Polyglot Group, invited members and friends to an interactive panel discussion on The Future of Hiring at the International Chamber House in Melbourne.

What will the future of recruiting look like? How will artificial intelligence and big data shape the recruiting process and candidate experience? Which skills will become crucial for candidate success? These and more burning questions were discussed by industry experts, ranging from the corporate, start-up, recruiting and academic environments.

After words of welcome by Caroline Stapleton, Event Manager German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the moderator of the panel discussion Shourov Bhattarcharya took the floor. Followed by a short introduction round of the panellists: Nicolette Barnard, Head of Siemens Pacific HR; Richard Hall, Deputy Dean Leadership and Executive Education, Monash Business School; David Carman, VP of Strategy and Co-founder VideoMyJob and Stefan Welack, Senior Consultant at Polyglot Group.

The panel discussed that in the pursuit of talent, data-driven decisions will enable managers to decide on the basis of evidence rather than intuition, however with algorithms build by humans subconscious bias may not be eliminated entirely. With this in mind, Nicolette Barnard advised caution against falling for AI and big data as the most important variables in the complex formula for recruiting success. Rather AI and big data are able to help create and inform a healthy candidate ecosystem alongside emotional and cultural intelligence that is exercised by skilled recruiters.

Furthermore it was highlighted that companies and recruiters should avoid a one-size-fits-all approach when leveraging data-driven tools in their HR processes as valuable candidates might be excluded prematurely due to insufficient selection criteria.

Following the insightful discussion on stage, guests were invited to take part actively in it and join the conversation. With a highly engaged audience many topics were raised. It was discussed how AI will inform subconscious bias during candidate selection and support in identifying cultural fit without neglecting the pursue of diversity of thought.

In search of talent intelligence we currently observe a rapid pace of change that demands an equally rapid rate of adaptability for companies as well as candidates. From an educational perspective Richard Hall emphasised the importance of taking charge of your own career and constantly seek the opportunity of self-development and becoming a resourceful individual who can navigate in the data driven world.

Panellists and guests agreed that we are amidst of exciting times, where both companies and candidates will have the chance to shape the future together to encourage better candidate fits, promote fairer interview screening and ensure an ethical and efficient hiring process.

Throughout the evening, the different topics and themes were captured in a live infographic by the award-winning artist Luke Feldman.

Click here to see photos of the event on Flickr.