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UAE – Technology helps HR directors with recruitment drive

09 April 2013

Companies in the Middle East are plagued by candidate shortages and other recruitment challenges with more HR directors now relying on technology to support their wider recruitment drive, according to new research from Robert Half UAE.

A survey found that nearly four in 10 (37%) UAE HR directors say that compared to three years ago, they have increased their use of video conferencing to conduct interviews, presenting a radical shift in the overall hiring process.  

Nearly nine in 10 (87%) senior executives across UAE businesses also report that it is at least ‘somewhat’ or ‘very challenging’ to find skilled professionals.

When asked why their company increased the use of video conferencing to conduct interviews, nearly four in 10 (39%) cited the increased recruitment of international candidates, followed by the increased prevalence of free or low-cost tools and the increased recruitment of out-of-town, domestic candidates.

“The recruitment of expatriate candidates is commonplace in the UAE,” said James Sayer, director at Robert Half Middle East. “And the rise in ease and prevalence of videoconferencing tools has facilitated the recruitment process, allowing UAE businesses to attract the skilled overseas as well as out-of-town, domestic talent they need. It also provides cost savings as much of the interview process can take place while the candidate is still in his/her hometown.”

But he said that video conferencing should not replace in-person meetings when assessing a candidate for hire. “Recruitment consultancies with offices in global markets can help pre-screen and meet candidates in person, helping to secure the right match between job seeker and employer,” said Mr Sayer.

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