Technology and Video to Change Hiring Game in 2016



WELLESLEY, Mass., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Predictive Index, a company that empowers businesses to realize what drives workplace behaviors, released their hiring predictions for 2016 today.

Mike Zani, CEO of The Predictive Index, feels that companies will need to supplement traditional thinking when it comes to selecting qualified candidates - including using assessments as part of the vetting process.  Zani states, "In order to increase efficiency and find qualified people, we will see the use of behavior, personality, cognitive ability, and skills assessments used earlier and earlier in the hiring process to ensure only the best-fitting candidates are moved through the hiring process."

Most companies are facing the seemingly omnipresent obstacles like the war for talent, change management, employee retention, and the changing workplace (which includes continuing to adapt to the changing needs of the millennial workforce). Facing these challenges head on can provide great opportunities for companies to automate, modernize, and lead in 2016.

The top workplace trends for 2016 identified by The Predictive Index:

  1. People Will Use Technology to "Shop" for Their Ideal Employer Employers are seeing the war for talent fought on a national and even global scale. This is due to ubiquitous information access and the fact that the best candidates are more mobile than they had been prior. Organizations now find themselves competing beyond their local market. Additionally, sites like Glassdoor (which provides transparency about what it's like to work at a company) further shifts power from the employer to the well-informed job seeker. Employees can "shop" for their ideal job and company much easier than ever.
  2. More Personal Connections between Employees and Employers Will be a "Must Have" Millennials, according to various estimates, will make up a majority of the workforce after 2020. As this majority grows, workers have indicated a desire to feel like they're working for a company they can relate to on a deeper, more meaningful level.  Companies that encourage a fluid, entrepreneurial approach to work and get in involved in causes on a local and global level will be successful in attracting top talent. Social media will continue to grow as a force that drives employer branding, advocacy, and the perception of potential candidates.
  3. Video will Change the Hiring Game There will continue to be an increase of hiring tools and software packages that allow employers to easily administer video interviews. With the fluctuation in cost of video hardware and software, more and more companies will be leveraging video to qualify candidates earlier in the hiring process. A growing trend in 2016 will include candidates recording video responses to a few canned questions using their laptop or tablet and uploading them to the potential employer. This makes it easier for an employer to find quality candidates in a scalable way that doesn't break the bank for the candidate.

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About The Predictive Index Serving more than 8,000 clients across 142 countries and delivering solutions in 70 languages, The Predictive Index is a simple methodology that allows businesses to understand what drives their people so they can take them where they want to go. Through a unique blend of scientific assessments, groundbreaking software, top-notch management training, and professional consulting from the world's best workplace behavior experts, The Predictive Index can help you overcome the most complex business challenges. Scientific validation and a 60-year proven track record has shown that business challenges big and small are no match for our unique approach to client education and knowledge transfer, which ensures swift adoption, direct ROI, and high impact on performance metrics. Each year, 2.5 million PI assessments are administered and over 7,000 professionals are trained in our workshops. Visit to learn how to select, hire, and onboard the best-fitting talent, increase employee engagement, develop teams, discover high potential employees, and overcome sales slumps.

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Converged Technology Group IDs Eight Ways Video Enhances HR Recruitment Efforts



ISLANDIA, N.Y., Oct.  29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When a company hires a new employee, the expectation is that the organization's overall productivity will increase. Locating, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training and retaining qualified candidates, however, is both time consuming and costly. The goal of today's human resources (HR) professional is, therefore, to find and hire the best available talent and to integrate new employees in a way that moves them from newbies to significant contributors in the most cost-effective and timely way possible. According to Converged Technology Group (, an award-winning Managed Services Partner (MSP) serving clients throughout the Northeast, successful HR professionals have discovered they all have one secret in common, and it's one that propels them – and their organizations – to the front of the race for employee ROI: video collaboration.

"In partnership  with Cisco, we recently held an event focused on the use of video throughout the recruitment process that drew widespread attention from people in a variety of HR roles, including recruiters, learning and development professionals, as well as C-level executives," says Leo E. Galletta, President and CEO, Converged Technology Group. "The event showcased the strategies, capabilities and technologies required to engage the broad spectrum of a multi-generational workforce. During the event, we performed live demonstrations of video collaboration tools, something which all of the attendees said they found to be relevant and extremely valuable. Why did an event focused on the relationship between HR and IT resonate so well among traditionally non-technical line-of-business professionals? Because companies are having very different conversations today about business outcomes and the best ways to recruit, develop and retain top talent – and most have realized that technology is the key."

The ROI of Video Collaboration

Today's HR professionals conduct worldwide searches to fill key positions, and they need the technological tools that can help them do it. To expand their search and attract an increasingly technology-dependent millennial workforce, recruiters must embrace video and use it to its fullest extent to increase their company's return on human capital.  Experts agree that video is quickly becoming an HR pro's most valuable tool: Studies show that video yields 35 percent greater year-over-year improvements in time to hire and 32 percent greater reductions in costs per hire.1 To help HR, IT and the C-suite see eye-to-eye, Converged Technology Group has identified eight important reasons to embrace video collaboration in the recruitment, development and retention process:

  1. It's Personal: Interviewers can more effectively and efficiently pre-screen candidates face-to-face via video than they can over the phone.
  2. Putting it all Together: Group interviews are becoming more commonplace, and video allows hiring managers to assemble remote resources to conduct an interview on short notice.
  3. Part of the Team: When relocation isn't a possibility, video makes it easier to hire, train and retain remote workers where they are, yet still have them feel like a valued part of the team.
  4. Warming Cold Feet: Staying connected with employees in transition by beginning the onboarding process before they arrive keeps new hires engaged from the day the offer goes out until their first day on the job.
  5. Anywhere, Anytime Communication: Video allows for instant communication between colleagues, giving new hires a feeling of connectedness from the start that speeds the onboarding process.
  6. Experience Matters: The days of using post-it notes and rotary phones to conduct business are gone; tech-savvy millennials expect to work in a connected, digital environment and are actually shopping for employers that offer them the kind of "connected workplace" experience they envision.
  7. A Balancing Act: Because the line between work and personal time has blurred, employees want to be equipped with the tools they need to be as productive at home as they would be in the office, giving them the option of building a more flexible schedule and a better work-life balance.
  8. Love of Learning: Video helps learning and development managers present training that is more compelling and engaging, something which ultimately translates to better organizational return and employee retention.

1 Aberdeen Group: "Bridging Distance in the Talent Lifecycle"

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About Converged Technology Group

Converged Technology Group is an award-winning Managed Services Partner (MSP) focused on improving IT performance and business outcomes while lowering the cost of technology support for businesses in healthcare, financial services, education, retail, legal and other cutting-edge industries. Located in Islandia, NY, and New York City, Converged Technology Group provides enterprise networking, collaboration, virtualized data center, cloud solutions and managed services to both regional and multinational corporations. The company provides business-critical uptime all the time, and helps clients design, implement and operate their IT infrastructure, communication and computing systems for the greatest return on their IT investments. For more information on Converged Technology Group, please contact us at 631-468-5728 or, and visit our website at

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