Job Board Journalist: Interview With TAtechEurope Speaker Andreea Wade, CEO of Opening.io

Peter Weddle

TAtechEurope, the leading conference in Europe for talent acquisition technology companies and their customers, will be held in the conference center of Croke Park Stadium, Home of the Gaelic Games, on March 13-14 in Dublin, Ireland.

The conference is open to all technology companies, agencies and publishers worldwide as well as to HR and Talent Acquisition professionals in corporate enterprises, staffing firms and RPOs.

As you can see from the Agenda, one of the unique features of TAtechEurope will be the caliber of the presenters – to a person, they are the real experts in talent acquisition technology. So, over the next several weeks, I’ll use my Job Board Journalist post to introduce several of them to you. Without further ado, I’m please to introduce you to Andreea Wade, CEO of Opening.io.

Tell us a little about your background and how you got involved with the talent acquisition solutions industry.

I was always invested in various mechanics of bringing good people together. I am a natural networker (albeit an introvert) and I have always been good at spotting a good fit. And so, for years, I have created offline ways of bringing good people together, facilitating introductions based on skills or cultural fit, common values or opportunities. And the same can be said about my business partner. We were both good at building community platforms and we both shared a common frustration with the talent acquisition industry: we were frustrated candidates and hiring managers. And it seemed to us that so was everyone else.

We saw an opportunity to combine our science and technology knowledge and interest with our passion for bringing good people together. And we wanted to do it at scale, from company to city, country and why not, continent level. This is how Opening.io was born.

You’re the CEO of Opening.io. How long has the company been in operation and what does it do?

We’ve started thinking of Opening.io in 2014. We incorporated it in August 2015 and came out of beta, fully launching in September 2016.

Our story is that of a lot of research and development work, ingesting millions of data points, engineering algorithms, calibrating and recalibrating them in a continuous loop (we deal in accuracy and bias and this translates in a lot of iterations) and working closely with our industry in an effort to define, frame and build meaningful automation and intelligence solutions.

In essence, Opening.io is a cognitive engine that powers talent databases. We provide candidate rediscovery, matching, predicting and recommending for recruiters, employers and job platforms.

We understand talent data (candidates/employees and job openings) and we have numerous ways of meaningfully bringing them together, in search of that relevant fit. At its simplest, our output is a relevant shortlist.

You’re going to be speaking about person-job fit at TAtechEurope. Without giving away the store, what are some of the points you’ll be covering?

I am incredibly excited about this talk as it won’t be just me on the stage: I will be joined by one of our favourite clients: CPL.ie. These guys have a seven figure CV database and some amazing use cases for machine learning and AI. The company is doing some groundbreaking work and yes, some of it is powered by us.

I love sharing what we do and how but very often events are an opportunity to blow your own trumpet, which sometimes creates a uniformness of dialogue (or monologue) that requires extra research and distilling by the audiences.

I am excited to have Kevin on the stage with me and share some insights into our work together, both the challenges and the rewards. No buzzwords, real use cases, real barriers, real implementation work and results.

I’m not a very formal person, so ‘real’ is the keyword for the talk.

In your view, what’s the single greatest challenge facing our industry today?

Understanding, implementing and adapting to change is something that is impacting our industry as a whole. This is a high level statement that could mean many things, or just that: change is coming and yes there is a lot of noise but some entities will move faster than others and by doing so, will win considerable ground.

Every week I hear of large staffing entities announcing that they are now a data science entity. Real, impactful change is, in most cases, still declarative. But it won’t be for long.

Understanding how to change and why (or why not) is critical.

And, equally as important, what do you think is the industry’s greatest opportunity going forward?

Type in ‘recruiters are…’’ into Google and read the results.

Data insights allow us, the humans in human resources, the staff in the staffing industry to truly transform our industry.

Data insights allow us to know one another better. This is the best news out of this whole automation and AI story.

Food for thought,
Peter

TAprose and Job Board Journalist by Peter Weddle are brought to you by TAtech: The Association for Talent Acquisition Solutions.

Mark Your Calendars! TAtech’s 2018 events include:

• February 12-13, 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona USA: The TAtech Leadership Summit on AI/Machine Learning in Talent Acquisition – the only conference totally focused on the capabilities and impact of AI/ML/NLP in recruitment.

• March 13-14, 2018 Dublin, Ireland: TAtechEurope 2018 – the premier event for recruitment advertising and technology thought & business leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

• April 18-19, 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada USA: The TAtech Spring Congress & Meetup – a unique conference designed to maximize opportunities for B2B networking, trending topic discussions and the exploration of partnerships and business opportunities.

• June 5-6, 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota USA: The TAtech Leadership Summit on Programmatic Ad Buying – the only conference totally focused on the technology and applications of programmatic ad buying by both publishers and advertisers.

• September 26-27, 2018 Bourbon Street New Orleans, Louisiana USA: The TAtech Fall Congress & World Job Board Forum – the only conference that brings together the global thought and business leaders of the TA technology industry.

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