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Oleeo | Improving Hiring Process | Charles Hipps

Oleeo | Improving Hiring Process | Charles Hipps

Charles Hipps


University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust (UHB) is recognised as one of the leading NHS trusts in the UK, with more than 20,000 members of staff treating over 2.2 million patients. Former processes were administration heavy, using multiple spreadsheets.  Manual tracking of candidates throughout the recruitment cycle, especially during pre-employment checks resulted in a poor hiring manager and candidate experience. This, alongside growing application volumes meant that UHB required a solution that could manage their rising applicants, whilst supporting NHS-specific recruitment workflows and challenges whilst offering a great user and candidate experience.

With proven public sector experience and offering a highly collaborative approach, after a procurement process reviewing multiple providers, Oleeo were selected due to their strategic focus on the NHS. Offering both an intuitive solution alongside the ESR and NHSJobs integrations that were absolutely essential.

During the implementation “we had a really good dialogue… They worked at our pace, and were massively responsive”, Laura Wagg, Recruitment Manager.  The collaboration was essential to the further evolution of the product for UHB and will also benefit other Trusts in the future. UHB provided deep insight into NHS recruitment processes and Oleeo translated this into streamlined workflows with added efficiencies. Given the challenging backdrop of Covid, Oleeo were patient with all meetings and training being carried out virtually throughout.

Streamlining of processes and automation mean that the UHB team are able to focus their time on strategic projects, rather than admin tasks. Working closely with the customer success team, UHB continue to roll out new features (existing or part of the ongoing product development) in line with the organization’s objectives. One of the current areas of focus is reducing the recruiting agency spend and promoting internal mobility through clever talent pooling, and many other tools available within the solution.

Charles Hipps founded Oleeo in 1995, launching the world’s first e-recruitment solution. An innovator by nature, Charles has never stopped looking for new ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of talent acquisition. Having been at the forefront of utilising AI and automation to aid recruitment teams, Charles and his team went on to develop the first diversity bench-marking tools for recruiters. Always one step ahead in the world of TA technology, Charles’ passion shows no signs of slowing.

A graduate from Oxford University, Charles has lived all over the world. Known (by some) as Fishy or The Wave, you can find him in the pool or sea most days. He loves to cycle and has cycled in South America, North America, China, New Zealand, down the Nile, and through Vietnam! Charles loves spending time with his family when he’s not busy leading the team at Oleeo.

Using AI To Supercharge Data-Driven Recruitment

The past few years have created enormous challenges for businesses across the country. As the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, many companies were forced to downsize or shut down altogether, causing a massive surge in unemployment. By April 2020, job losses reached over 23 million for the first time since the Great Depression. The resulting fallout left many businesses understaffed as many employees either quit, retired, or chose to look for employment elsewhere.

In the years since the start of the pandemic, job numbers have improved significantly. Although the number of job openings in the U.S. rose steadily until March of 2022, the past several months have seen a sharp decline in available employment positions, potentially signaling a positive shift in the American job market as more and more people are deciding to return to work.

AI-powered recruiting software offers several advantages to businesses seeking to improve hiring processes. After all, without the assistance of artificial intelligence, the task of sourcing, interviewing, and selecting candidates at scale can quickly become a major difficulty, especially when a high volume of qualified workers is needed immediately. Here are just a few ways that AI can improve the recruiting process.

AI algorithms can effectively do the legwork of an entire HR department by automating many of the tasks that were once done manually. This essentially allows a company to reallocate precious human resources to other critical aspects of the business like managing payroll, time-tracking, and new hire onboarding. In addition, since AI recruiting is more accurate and reliable than human selection, businesses can expect to spend less money on turnover costs like new hire training and constantly interviewing replacement applicants.

Recruiting technology augmented by artificial intelligence can rapidly aggregate massive amounts of online data to create an expansive, ready-made talent pool populated by the best candidates available. AI-powered recruiting software does this by scouring resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other online data for preset key phrases or skillsets that match a company’s preferred criteria. In this way, AI can provide businesses with a steady supply of experienced professionals to fill virtually any position, no matter how specialized.

Sourcing and hiring dozens of workers at a time is often a time-consuming and difficult process. Luckily, it’s easy for businesses to take their recruiting efforts to the next level with the support of AI. Here are some of the most important ways artificial intelligence can supercharge employee recruitment.

AI can help to automate much of the candidate screening process so you can devote more of your human resources to interviewing and onboarding only the most qualified individuals. Meanwhile, since AI screening parameters are fixed beforehand, there are fewer chances of oversights or errors that result in a bad hire, saving you money on turnover and constantly needing to find new workers.

It’s important to remember that just because an individual is already employed doesn’t mean they aren’t looking for new opportunities. AI is excellent at scouring online data to find and connect with passive candidates around the world who possess the right skills for an open position. With more qualified passive candidates in the talent pool, it’s much easier to overcome sudden labor shortages or fill key operational roles in a fraction of the time.

The traditional hiring process can be clunky and drawn out, especially when attempting to process numerous candidates at once. AI helps to speed things along by quickly identifying the best candidates out of hundreds of resumes from around the globe, allowing HR personnel to focus entirely on finalizing paperwork for confirmed new hires so they can get to work faster. In high-volume recruiting situations, AI can potentially cut time-to-hire expectations in half, ensuring there’s always enough staff to keep operations running smoothly.

Businesses that utilize AI in their recruiting endeavors can gain a competitive edge in attracting and retaining top-tier talent. At Oleeo, we provide sophisticated AI-powered recruiting software that optimizes every aspect of the hiring process. Our entirely customizable software will automatically identify and engage the candidates you need by actively searching social media pages and public resumes for the best matches available. To learn more about how Oleeo can transform high-volume business recruitment, visit us online to get started.                           

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" At Oleeo, we provide sophisticated AI-powered recruiting software that optimizes every aspect of the hiring process. "

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