New technologies easing hiring

Assessment platform Mercer Mettle using hackathons and AI tools to help firms hire right people

By Author  |  Published: 27th May 2019  12:17 amUpdated: 26th May 2019  8:59 pm
New technologies
CHANGING NEEDS: AI tools and hackathons help companies test the candidates skills and overall personality.

Hyderabad: Whether it is the IT industry or any other sector, the hiring trends are witnessing a big shift from traditional methods to new-age techniques. These techniques include conducting hackathons, using AI to conduct video tests and/or interviews and even using technology to not only assess the skill set but also the personality traits of the candidate.

These trends, according to a top official of a company that provides online assessment services, are happening because enterprises are not only looking for a skilled candidate but also someone who has an all-encompassing personality. “Enterprises – both IT and non-IT – are looking for candidates who are not only skilled for the job but who are multi-dimensional. And that is where emerging assessment tools like hackathons come into play that test the candidate on the skill required for the job and also their personality in a working environment,” said Siddhartha Gupta, CEO, Mercer Mettle.

With over 2,400 customers in India, the platform helps companies assess the employees in various dimensions and provide them with candidates that are not only job-ready but also future-ready. The top sectors that are witnessing a huge demand for these tools, according to Gupta, are IT services, Banking and Financial services, Auto segment and Pharma.

The global HR consulting firm Mercer that last year acquired a tech startup Mettle has recently launched a hackathon platform wherein it designs contests according to the needs of their clients. “This tool is not only being used by IT companies to hire freshers and mid-level employees, but also by non-IT firms wherein we do Ideathons,” Gupta added. In the last eight months about 60 customers have used this tool.

In terms of expansion, Mercer Mettle is looking to take its headcount from 380 people currently to 450 people by end of this year. It is also looking to expand its presence to regions like Middle East and Latin America.

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