Vodafone fully expects to realise other benefits through the effective implementation of new technology such as applicant matching. “Aside from offering us commercial benefits through this method of recruitment, another advantage the system will potentially offer Vodafone is a significant improvement in diversity and inclusion levels,” claims Schveninger.
The company is keen to ensure maximum inclusion of all minorities and, in fact, is justifiably proud of the work it has done already in this area. “Effective applicant matching will continue this process,” says Schveninger, “by helping to educate and guide our recruiters to reduce subconscious bias utilising contextual algorithms to make the process fairer and more inclusive. In this context, the focus is purely around determining and identifying suitability for a role and real time analytics mean that we can tailor and amend requirements as the cycle progresses to continually ensure a best match.
“We are passionate about giving youth the opportunity to be at their best,” explains Schveninger. “Tools like applicant matching will enable us to attract the most talented graduates and match them with exciting job or rotational programme opportunities. We decided to pilot and support Headstart App in the UK market initially as we believe in the great potential this disruptive piece of tech has and we love the passion of the founders.
“Campus recruitment hasn’t changed a great deal over the last two decades that I have been doing it and it has to evolve and live up to this digital generation’s standards” concluded Schveninger. “Vodafone is very keen to hold hands and work with exciting new companies that can demonstrate the ability to help drive that change. Besides, if organisations like ours don’t support innovative new ideas and the people behind them, then who will?”