Highlights from Indeed Interactive: Search for Greatness (Part One)

Part two of our report from Indeed Interactive can be found here.

Indeed Interactive is back, and it’s bigger than ever. On Tuesday, over 1700 talent leaders from across the country gathered to join us at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas to explore what it means to “Search for Greatness.”

With over 40 breakouts this year (not to mention a stellar array of speakers on the main stage) it’s impossible to cover all the action, so instead here are a few highlights from Tuesday.

On the main stage

Senior Director of Field Marketing Kevin Walker kicked off proceedings by exploring how Indeed’s mission of helping people get jobs is realized in 2018, while also posing the question: “What gets in the way of pursuing greatness today?”

President of Indeed Chris Hyams took to the stage twice—first to speak about Indeed’s Hire solution where he made this memorable observation: “The greatest enemy to innovation is certainty.”  Describing Indeed Hire as an “R & D lab for recruiting” Chris shared key insights from two years’ worth of experimentation. He was also in conversation with Megan Smith, the first female CTO of the United States, on the theme of creating change through connection and collaboration. We were fortunate to have an opportunity to talk with Megan just before her presentation:

Other speakers on the main stage included Indeed SVP Michele Watson, who spoke about Indeed Client Services’ change to become Client Success “to reflect that it’s all about you and making you successful.” Michele took the time to tell us a little about her talk before she took to the stage:

Meanwhile, Indeed SVP Paul D’Arcy’s keynote “Search for Greatness” contained so much insight that it had to be split into two parts! Paul was on hand to answer some questions afterwards:

Top-Rated Workplaces

Move over, the Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys! Over the past year, Indeed has been recognizing the Top-Rated Workplaces on our Company Pages, and this year at Interactive Kevin Walker had the honor of handing out handsome trophies to representatives of some of the winning firms.

Congratulations go to Wells Fargo for ranking first in the HR category, Habitat for Humanity for placing first among nonprofits and Texas-based retail giant H-E-B for coming top of the retail category.

Here’s an inspirational quote from one of our winners:

“When candidates come in they very clearly see that we live our mission and our values, which recognize the inherent dignity of all peoples,” said Jason Walker, Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Habitat for Humanity.

Breakout insights

In the Discover Zone guests had the option to build their own Dragon’s Breath cocktail. The not so-secret ingredient was nitrogen, which resulted in fumes billowing from the noses of those who drank one.

We also have a record number of breakouts at Interactive this year, and on Tuesday insight and data flowed in abundance. Indeed Recruitment Evangelist Daniel Fellows explored Taking Control of the Candidate Journey, while Mark Reilly, our Director of Employer Insights for the APAC region, flew in to deliver an illuminating workshop on how to course correct using data analytics.  Meanwhile, Senior Manager of Employer Insights Bianca Rehmer shone a spotlight on the healthcare industry in Hiring in Healthcare: Diagnosing Industry Recruitment Trends.

Meanwhile, a large number of experts from outside Indeed speakers were on hand to share their expertise. Among them was Jeanne Meister, founding partner of HR advisory and research firm Future Workplace, who spoke about why “The Employee Experience is the Future of Work.” We caught up with Jeanne after her session to ask a few questions:

Indeed Works

This year at Indeed Interactive we are also showcasing Indeed’s products in the Indeed Works space, where a claw machine was available for attendees keen to try a more challenging way of getting some cool mementos of the event.

Product Marketing Manager Luke Wallace explained how the new Indeed Assessments screening tool will help recruiters save time while gaining a better knowledge of each job seeker’s skills.

“It’s an automated skills-based screening platform that helps employers make better, more informed candidate evaluations by giving them valuable insights into a job seeker’s skills, which they can then use to identify high-quality candidates,” said Luke. “And for job seekers it helps them show their qualifications when applying for jobs, so they’re able to find the right opportunities faster and easier.”

Over at the Company Pages booth, Marie Garrison explained how the enhanced Company Pages Premium option allows employers to use Indeed’s 72 million ratings and reviews to do even more to promote their unique company and culture to job seekers:  “We’ve leveraged this to provide enhanced analytics to employers so that they can gain more insights into how their brand is performing, as well as how they compare to their competitors.”

Meanwhile Bryan Lieber discussed how sponsoring a job on Indeed increases applicant engagement: It’s a great way to get more visibility for your roles because they show up in more prominent areas of the search results,” said Bryan. “They remain in search results longer than jobs that aren’t sponsored and get up to five times more clicks. The great thing is that they’re pay-for-performance, so you only need to pay when someone actually clicks on your sponsored job.”

And we’re just getting started. Tomorrow there will be more keynotes, more breakouts and more insight. Stay tuned!

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