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PeopleScout’s Affinix awarded prestigious prize for accelerated innovation in TA tech

In COVID times, ‘innovate or die’ has never been truer. Despite the bleak outlook for recruiting in 2020, some organisations were able to innovate at a rate that was unprecedented. So much is true for PeopleScout’s Affinix, which has been named a Gold winner for Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology in Brandon Hall Group’s 2020 (HCM) Excellence Awards program. 

Jasper Spanjaart on December 24, 2020 Average reading time: 3 min
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PeopleScout’s Affinix awarded prestigious prize for accelerated innovation in TA tech

Twice every year, the Brandon Hall Group holds its HCM Excellence Awards, which essentially does what it says on the tin: recognise excellence. During springtime, companies are able to enter a program all about human capital management. Though the category revolved the sole category of excellence in learning in 1999, the 2020 version now has eight different categories in which organisations can enter.

In 2020, the competition has clearly taken it up a notch, with a total of 13 organisations all eyeing a gold, silver or bronze medal.

In the midst of a full-on digitalisation, a separate ‘Excellence in Technology’ category was born, with several sub-categories. Then, when the category for Talent Acquisition Technology was added in 2013, only one company was awarded a medal. In that year, SmartRecruiters won gold. In 2020, the competition has clearly taken it up a notch, with a total of 13 organisations all eyeing a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Accelerated innovation

PeopleScout was one of those 13 companies, and one of four to step away with the top prize. As far as talent acquisition tech goes, 2020 turned out to be an incredible year. In response to the pandemic, companies had to completely overhaul everything they knew about talent acquisition — quickly shifting towards a completely virtual hiring approach. With Affinix, PeopleScout’s proprietary talent acquisition tech, the makers moved swiftly, integrating features such as virtual interviews, digital assessments and virtual hiring events.

“This recognition is a true testament to the power of Affinix to make it easier for companies and job seekers to connect — no matter the obstacles.”

“Our vision for Affinix has always been to meet clients and candidates where they are; this year that has meant helping clients pivot to a virtual experience without sacrificing candidate experience,” said PeopleScout President Brannon Lacey. “This recognition from BrandonHall and Best in Biz is a true testament to the power of Affinix to make it easier for companies and job seekers to connect — no matter the obstacles.”

Champions of applicant conversion

Launched in 2017, Affinix meets the growing demand for AI-enabled and consumer-like candidate experience. With its artificial intelligence identifying an average of 43 more candidates per requisition, and increasing its applicant conversion from 30% to 80% — it’s not hard to see why it has been such a success. Moreover: its virtual assessment and scheduling abilities reduce time-to-fill by as much as 35%.

With its artificial intelligence increasing its applicant conversion from 30% to 80% — it’s not hard to see why it has been such a success.

With clients across more than 70 countries, and headquarters in several European and American cities, PeopleScout has seen its fair share of prizes come through the company’s headquarters. Led by its tech-centric leader Lacey, the company looks set to pounce on every opportunity they get with regards to the demand for RPO, MSP, and other blended solutions. Judging by the company’s success in 2020, we doubt that will change in 2021.

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