Tomorrow (29 June) jobs website Indeed is hosting a ‘Tech Needs Her’ National Hiring Day that aims to link by videolink thousands of candidates with firms looking for talent.
Although the event will welcome all candidates it is particularly aimed at women – as the name suggests – and other people from “underrepresented groups to address diversity imbalances”.
It will have about 300 jobs on offer across the UK from entry level roles such as junior software developer to senior ones such as head of operations.
Employers including Deloitte, BT, Asos, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group will be among employers interviewing candidates and making on-the-spot offers.
Indeed said the event would use its interview platform, which allowed people to book their own interview slots, meet their prospective employer via videolink and await their appointment in a virtual lobby. It added the technology meant candidates could find times that suited their commitments and allowed for preparation time.
The jobs website said the hiring day was a very efficient way for employers to connect with candidates too by making their task simpler and faster: Indeed will screen candidates and all stages of the hiring process will be integrated in one place. Indeed claimed: “This new way of hiring people typically reduces the time to hire a suitable candidate from an average of six weeks to a matter of days.”
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Last year, more than 700 people gained interviews at the event, which did not specifically target tech roles or female candidates. But this year, said Deepa Somasundari, Indeed’s senior director of strategic projects: “we’re focusing on the tech sector with an emphasis on encouraging women and people from underrepresented groups to apply to help address diversity imbalances”.
She added: “Britain is a world leader for tech innovation and the sector is synonymous with benefits and progression that appeal to those seeking a stronger work-life balance as well as solid career opportunities. Companies should represent the world around them and we hope the Tech Needs Her hiring event is another step towards achieving that while helping people find jobs in a burgeoning sector.”
She continued: “Because the interviews are virtual, qualified candidates can meet prospective employers safely and from the comfort of their own home, enabling employers to reach a deeper and more diverse pool of talent.”
Deloitte is offering the most jobs at the event with 44, while Advanced, HSBC, BAE Systems, CGI and QinetiQ are offering about 30 each.
Candidates can book an interview slot at events.indeed.com/virtual_hiring_day/97/