In its day-to-day hiring work, Comic Relief’s central recruitment team engages more closely with potential employees by scheduling reminders in Applied for applicants to complete their initial applications or alerting candidates to interview dates. Additionally, the charity’s management team has an overview of system data, so it can see which channels are bringing in the most candidates.
Comic Relief’s recruitment manager Charlotte Cole explains: “With the new applicant tracking system, our colleagues are finding it easier to assess a candidate’s potential.”
“Applied enables us to ask specific role-related questions in the application process. This lets us focus on the candidate’s skills, rather than trying to connect the dots between a cover letter and a CV and risking our own unconscious bias contributing to decision making. By only interviewing candidates that have demonstrated the combination of skills we are looking for, we find that our interviews are much more satisfying for candidates and managers and ultimately lead to a higher conversion rate, from candidate to employee.”
Comic Relief’s team sees further potential with Applied to develop wider standardised processes and candidate descriptions for each management function. These advances will enable busy managers to spend more time on assessing the shortlisted candidates and building a high-quality ‘corporate memory’ that further supports diversity and inclusion in hiring operations.
“With Applied in place, our hiring can be more strategic and focused. In addition, we can plan how and where we’re searching for talent across many different communities, job forums, regions or universities, so that our recruitment is diverse and ensures we get the best people for the roles available."
Executive Director of Digital & Innovation