This was the hottest recruitment tech news of January: Acquiries, News Breakers & more

The world of recruitment technology is spinning at full speed. In this column, we list the most important news of the month, as well as the most popular messages, must-reads and upcoming events. In one go, you’ll be totally up to date with January’s news!

News, acquisitions, investments & partnerships

Big news came at the last minute in January: Facebook is experimenting with a Google for Jobs-like system. The big advantage for Facebook: they are avoiding complaints about competition distortion. “This can really become huge.”

Fourteen industry leaders from across HR and recruitment came together to launch the Velocity Network Foundation. Together, the vendor-neutral, nonprofit organization will define, deploy and champion the Velocity Network: a globally accessible, open-source, blockchain-powered “Internet of Careers.”

As in 2019, there was a lot of takeover news in January. For example, Bullhorn, the cloud computing company that helps staffing and recruiting organizations transform their businesses, acquired Herefish, supplier of automation solutions, and the American company Cornerstone OnDemand acquired the French vendor Clustree for $18.5 million to develop an AI-powered skills platform.

The Brazilian promising startup Kenoby raised more than four million euros, while the Dutch company Maqqie raised another one million euros from two investors. There was even more news from The Netherlands: The video tooling of Flipbase has been integrated into the recruitment software of the Swedish company Varbi.

Most popular articles of January

These were the most popular posts on recruitment technology of the month of January, covering a wide range of topics:

  1. These are the 30 most popular free tools for sourcing
    The life of sourcers is made a lot easier with all the tools that are available. Recruitment Tech asked a hundred sourcers about their favourite sourcing tools and made a list of the 30 most popular free tools according to these participants.
  2. In the Spotlight: Greek startup Owiwi lets your candidates play games to measure their soft skills
    Greek startup Owiwi produced a pre-employment assessment tool that combines gaming technology and validated psychological methodology to help you find the best talent. Ilias Vartholomaios, CEO & Co-Founder of the Athens-based tech vendor, tells how you can easily reduce the risk of a ‘bad hire’ using such a game-based assessment.
  3. Sam Davies (Real Links): “We take away any personal identifier, so that recruiters make their decisions on what should matter”
    Real Links is an employee referral platform that will reduce hiring costs. Sam Davies, CEO at Real Links, told Recruitment Tech TV at UNLEASH Paris what the organisation’s goals are.

Reading tips

We’ll list some more interesting must-reads from January for you:

Assessments are also increasingly used in the sports world. In the podcast Science4-Hire host Charles Handler talks with psychologists responsible for creating the NFL’s Player Assessment Tests.

Also in 2020 there are a lot of interesting HR and recruitment tech events on the program. We have listed 5 events that you should not miss…

In the Spotlight: Greek startup Owiwi lets your candidates play games to measure their soft skillsEvery month a promising provider of recruitment technology tells its story in the section ‘In the Spotlight’. In January this was the Greek startup Owiwi. The organisation from Athens developed an assessment in which gaming and psychology are combined. In this assessment the candidate plays different levels, with which his or her character and soft skills can be revealed. In this interview CEO Ilias Vartholomaios explains how you can easily reduce the risk of ‘bad hire’ with the help of such a game-based assessment and he offers a glimpse into the (game-)kitchen!

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