The amount of technology available to TA teams has exploded, and innovation is moving so rapidly that it is almost impossible to keep up. In a world driven by shiny objects syndrome taking a long-term strategic view when it comes to TA technologies is crucial. However, the challenges around this are considerable and are not just about the amount of choice. TA leaders need access to specialist skills to help them make the right decisions and, simultaneously, need to ensure their voice is heard within the business around tech procurement.
My guest this week is Rob Cohen, TA Ecosystem Manager at Philip Morris International. Rob has the kind of role I can see becoming more common in TA Teams in the future. He is a genuine technology expert who sits outside the IT function and is responsible for all the technology that touches candidates and helps recruiters do their job. Rob has some fascinating insights on technology strategy, TA tech stacks, and the AI-driven future, making this an absolute must-listen interview.
In the interview, we discuss:
- The importance of Talent Acquisition owning its own tech
- Skills and stakeholders
- Translating business needs into tech requirements.
- Being strategic with technology, not tactical
- Dealing knowledgeably with vendors
- Open AIs
- Using systems for what they are designed for
- Platforms versus point solutions
- The complexities of operating globally
- Is there such a thing as a perfect TA tech stack?
- The current and future role of AI
- Personalized recruiting automation
- The future role of the TA team