An Insider’s Guide to Indeed Interactive 2018

Indeed Interactive 2018

In less than a week, Indeed Interactive will kick off in Austin, Texas. This year’s theme is “Search for Greatness,” and we’re going to be taking a close look at what this means for recruiters and job seekers in the 21st century.

Never before have we had so many powerful tools at our disposal to help us with recruiting, but even so, barriers and biases remain. Meanwhile, imperfections and inconsistencies in the hiring process can make some great candidates feel invisible and cause employers to miss out on a great fit.

So how can we as employers create an environment where greatness is recognized and fostered in the candidates we hire? That’s what we’ll be exploring.

In previous blogs we highlighted some of the presentations and one of our stellar guest speakers. The full list of sessions is available here, but to help you plan your experience we asked members of the Indeed team to share an insider’s take on the sessions they are looking forward to.

Janeane Tolomeo

What’s your role?

I manage Indeed’s global employer recognition program, which identifies which companies are setting the standards of greatness based on the reviews on their Indeed Company Pages. I’m especially excited about this year’s Interactive because it’s the first time we will be presenting awards to representatives of the top-rated workplaces in person.  

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

Search for Greatness with our SVP of Marketing, Paul D’Arcy, is sure to be very interesting. Paul is going to provide a 21st-century take on what this means for employers as he applies fresh data and insight to the imperfections and inconsistencies in the recruiting process today. I love that he’s taking it a step further. Paul will also provide employers with strategies they can use to create fairer hiring processes that attract, engage and retain great candidates. Paul really knows how to connect the dots to provide surprising insights, so prepare yourself for a fascinating ride!

And of course I’m also looking forward to seeing the employers who earned the number one spots on our Top-Rated Workplaces lists take to the stage and share their secrets for greatness with the rest of us. The more we learn about how great companies actually operate, the better we can share that knowledge and advance together.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

I’m very interested in the Be Well to Work Well: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Energized, Engaged Employees breakout. A lot of companies are talking about work-life balance these days—we recently unveiled Indeed’s rankings for this key measure—but PricewaterhouseCoopers has made a big effort to combat burnout and make changes in this area.

Jill Klemele and some of her colleagues from PwC will be on hand to explain how employees have conducted an “energy audit” to assess and improve physical, mental, spiritual and emotional self-care across the firm. I think there will be a lot to learn.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

If you can make it, be sure to hang by the quiet pool area at the Hotel San Jose on a cool night. Order a michelada (tastes like liquid steak) or a frosé (frozen rosé with lemon), and you just might levitate.

Zach Honea

What’s your role?

As the videographer on Indeed’s creative team, I help create the video and motion content that appears around Interactive. If you’re at the event and you’re looking at the screens, then you’re looking at some of my work. I also produce video content from Interactive that we post online after the event is over.

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

This one is sure to be fascinating: Creating Change Through Connection and Collaboration: A Conversation. Megan Smith is a former VP at Google who was tapped by President Obama to be the chief technology officer of the United States. If that sounds impressive, that’s because it is: the US CTO is responsible for advising and assisting the president in making data, innovation and tech work best for us, the people. Since then, she’s founded shift7, where she fuses her private and public sector expertise. Indeed’s president, Chris Hyams, will be talking to her about inclusion in the workplace, using technology to build networks, the importance of kindness and much more.

Chris is also going to be talking about how Indeed Hire, our recruiting service, has evolved since it was launched two years ago. He’ll be looking at what we’ve learned and how it is helping employers more effectively source the talent they need.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

Raj Mukherjee is Indeed’s SVP of Product, and he will be talking about the latest in how Indeed is leveraging technology to help employers solve hiring problems. In particular, he’ll be taking a look at how artificial intelligence is not something to be feared, but rather a tool that can help recruiters make better matches in his session, The Future of Hiring: Gain Insight into Indeed’s Technology Journey.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

See a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse! If you love the cinema, it’s the best place in town. Great beer + great food + great films, and they even kick out people who talk during the movie. They have locations all over Austin, so no matter where you are you can catch a show. And make sure to get there 30 minutes before the movie starts for their legendary preshow lineup!

Laura Marra

What’s your role?

As a Content Marketing Manager at Indeed, I work with our speakers to help them develop compelling presentations for our breakout sessions.

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

Angela Duckworth is a psychologist who was a management consultant in her 20s but left that career to teach math in the New York public school system. After this she studied psychology to learn why some people work harder and longer than others. She included some of her discoveries in her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion, which was a New York Times best seller. Duckworth says, “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” and she’ll be talking about how your organization can cultivate it in Discovering Grit on the Road to Greatness.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

In my role, I help tell Indeed’s story through the content we create, so I’m really excited to see Lindagrace De la Cruz’s session, “Once upon a Time…: How to Harness the Power of Storytelling to Attract Top Talent.” Lindagrace has an infectiously enthusiastic personality, and I know her presentation will be just as lively, informative and fun. Plus, this session gives participants a unique opportunity to dive into storytelling onsite, so they’ll leave with new ideas to engage great candidates and make their unique roles stand out.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

A visit to Austin wouldn’t be complete without a trip down South Congress. True to its “Keep Austin Weird” motto, South Congress offers authentic shops, eateries (try Torchy’s for tacos and Amy’s for ice cream), and live music (stop by the legendary Continental Club). And if you’re there around dusk, you can even see 1.5 million bats swoop out from under the South Congress bridge!

Kathryn Draper

What’s your role?

I am a Global Event Manager overseeing the Interactive Worldwide event!

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

I think Indeed’s Chief Economist, Jed Kolko, is going to have a lot of interesting tips for recruiters in his session Searching for Greatness in a Tight Labor Market. Jed is an expert at blending deep economic research with Indeed data with information from huge public data sets to provide really detailed insights into the state of the labor market. I’m looking forward to hearing about how recruiters can find great talent in a shallow candidate pool and his thoughts on how tech will affect the future labor market.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

Yes, I think Finding the Needle in a Haystack: Innovative Ways to Effectively Screen Candidates will be really interesting. Recruiter Evangelist Stefan Barr and his fellow panelists will be talking about how they narrow down the mounds of applications they receive to find the most qualified candidates. The panel will touch on strategies they use to screen candidates and the development of Indeed’s own Assessments tool.  

The award-winning science reporter Lulu Miller is hosting a session called The Magic of Rejection with the goal of teaching us all why rejection need not be the negative experience most of us consider it to be. Although it can be hard to deal with, Miller suggests that rejection can actually teach us valuable skills and secrets. And she promises to share personal anecdotes as well as some findings from the research she conducted for Invisibilia, the NPR podcast she cofounded.  

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

Take a swim in Barton Springs to cool off in the Texas summer heat!