2022 has been ONE HELL of a year for recruitment! 

The industry saw a ton of ups and downs, from the Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, Quiet Firing, massive layoffs, to the Great Breakup, shocking recruiters to the core.

But among all this chaos, we must not forget about the positive trends that gave recruiters hope and will most likely continue to do so in the coming year!

Today we are unveiling the top 5 recruitment trends that shaped this year and will continue to do so next year.

Let’s jump right in!

Top 5 Recruitment Trends That’ll Impact Recruitment in 2023

1. Emphasis on Candidate Experience

Recruiting Trends - Candidate Experience

Candidates, recruiters, and clients faced a load of challenges in 2022. From the Great Resignation to the Great Breakup, the market turned more candidate-centric than ever. 

As a result, everyone’s priorities shifted, including candidates. 

As a result, one major strategy that recruiters started to focus more on was continuous candidate engagement. This helped in providing a great hiring experience, particularly in a remote recruiting environment. 

Recruiters, more than ever, put emphasis on ensuring regular and timely candidate communication, providing resources and information to keep them engaged throughout the process, tailoring job descriptions and ads to them, etc., all in an effort to provide an unforgettable candidate experience. 

This is a trend that will not die down anytime soon, and it shouldn’t. Making candidate experience a recruitment priority is crucial right now and always will be. 

2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Becoming a Big Hit

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is a trend that will only see a big rise in the coming year. This technology has been transforming the recruitment industry for a few years now and will only grow. 

For example, automated resume parsing in Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) helps recruiters scan and filter resumes in bulk with just the click of a button. 

AI-powered recruitment tools like intelligent screening software, recruitment chatbots, and digital interviews have automated and streamlined so much of recruiters’ manual, repetitive work while making the entire hiring process more efficient, inclusive, and smooth.

DEI has been a fundamental hiring goal for recruiters and employers in 2022 and AI has only helped in achieving this objective with the help of blind hiring. 

Recruiters have started using hiring tools like ATS’ to help them eliminate any bias toward race, gender, age, ethnicity, etc., and hire candidates based on their qualifications alone. 

This year, we’ve seen so much progress and development in recruitment AI. But, AI technology is yet to reach its pinnacle of success. Generative AI tools will continue to rise in popularity, and new technologies like AI image generation will continue to play a more significant role in the recruitment industry. For example, this sort of artificial intelligence will be used to create more engaging recruitment materials. So you can expect more innovations in this sector in 2023.

3. Rise in Data-driven Recruitment

Data-driven Recruiting

Data-centric recruitment played a huge role this year. Recruiters used facts and statistics to drive hiring decisions, from selecting candidates and developing recruitment plans to creating a pleasant candidate experience.

Using this approach, they improved hiring efficiency, reduced costs, and built an enhanced recruitment process. 

Tools like ATS’ and CRMs helped recruiters categorically collect and store vast kinds of data and use it to make successful predictions of future crises and trends and analyze flaws in their processes to make necessary modifications.

Recruiters also used available candidate data like previous experiences, acquired skills, past behaviors, etc., to figure out if a candidate would be a good or bad hire.

Data-driven recruitment is another trend expected to see much love and growth next year. 

4. Increased Focus on Employer Branding

Employer Branding

Employer branding used to be dismissed by many recruiters and companies as unimportant and hence, was neglected for years until they realized how crucial preserving and developing their brand is in attracting amazing talent.

Candidates want to be associated with a reputable firm, and they examine a company’s image and reputation before applying for an open role. 

This year, we saw a ton of businesses and recruitment experts pay more and more attention to their employer and agency brand for this exact reason.

Companies have understood the significance of their brand, and recruiters have understood the importance of thoroughly promoting it when attracting talent for their clients. 

Branding has led to firms attracting relevant and qualified talent while reducing time-to-fill. This trend will see a huge, huge bump in the upcoming year.

5. Use of Advanced Screening Tools

Screening Tests

The use of advanced screening tools amplified in the past few years with the rise in remote work. 2022 saw the biggest boost in this use. 

Remote candidate assessment tools are great for streamlining candidate evaluation, significantly reducing the time to hire and improving the quality of hire. 

These tools help assess all kinds of candidate skills, like technical and cognitive skills, for example, culture fit.

To complement skill tests, recruiters also started using behavioral assessments as a part of the screening process. Such tests provide insight into a candidate’s core traits like work ethic, motivation, and so on. 

Such assessments have proven very useful in picking the most suitable candidates for a role, reducing churn as well as re-hiring costs. 

These tests will see a big rise in 2023, where recruiters will constantly include comprehensive assessments in their screening process to evaluate applicants thoroughly.

Out of the many trends that shaped this adventurous year, these 5 stood out as they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. 

In fact, they’re only expected to leave an even bigger, lasting impact in this upcoming year! So take note, recruiters; you’ll want to keep an eye out for these.