Over the last few years, there has been a push to “buy local.” Buying local allows for each community to have a stake in the financial well being of its infrastructure. This trend is a 180-degree turn from the “global” society we have become. We are realizing that we have to go back to a local mentality in order to build a stronger economy.
Buying local cuts down on energy costs, helps small businesses survive against the bigger conglomerates, and gives the consumer a stake in improving his or her own community. Otherwise explained, we are going “old school” by buying groceries the same way our grandparents did. I foresee companies taking a similar trend in their approach to recruiting and hiring talent.
Over the last few years, I’ve seen companies go on quests to use “big data” to automate hiring as much as possible in order to make the process a cost effective and simple transaction. The hope is that if you use technology and other tools in the selection process, then hiring should be as easy as pushing a button. Take as much of the human interaction out of the equation as possible, and you should have a straightforward transaction sans differences of opinions that should result in a perfect hire.