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Aaron McEwan

Top 100 HR Influencer | Practice Leader, Gartner

The Decisive Candidate: Redesign Hiring to Drive Candidate Decisions

Job search is dead. Job surfing is the new normal. Digital platforms allow candidates to quickly find (or be found) and apply to a vast array of jobs. This shift has drastically changed candidates’ decision making and behaviours; a shift we’ve come to know as The New Candidate Decision. In the era of The New Candidate Decision, candidates ignore recruiter messages, apply to jobs they’re not interested in, and constantly browse for — but rarely act on — their next career move. This behaviour creates significantly more volume for recruiting, which now spends 25 percent of recruiter time on candidate screening, and it increases the cost of acquisition by up to 26 percent.

In this session, attendees will learn that to succeed in today’s candidate-centric era, you shouldn’t cater to candidate behaviours by trying to improve their experience; you should guide the right candidate action by focusing on increasing the likelihood that the right candidates make the decision to take the right job at the right time.

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About Aaron:

As HR Practice Leader in Australia and New Zealand, Aaron McEwan helps Heads of HR execute critical business objectives through the application of evidence-based HR and Talent Management practices. A behavioural scientist and coaching psychologist, Aaron believes that great ideas, backed by rigorous science, have the power to unlock the potential of individuals, organisations and the world.

Recently named a Top 100 Global HR Influencer, Aaron has more than 20 years’ experience in talent management and HR consulting. He appreciates how essential talent is to organisational performance and growth and works with senior executives to evolve their HR strategies and innovate their talent management practices by harnessing data and insights derived from the world’s leading companies. He is dedicated to optimising the performance of executives and unlocking the potential of their greatest assets, their people.

Previously, Aaron held a variety of leadership and senior consulting positions at Human Capital firms including the Opic Group, Hudson Global Resources and Lee Hecht Harrison. He holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from Sydney University and Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Griffith University.

Alongside his current role, Aaron serves on the national committee for the Australian Psychological Society’s Interest Group in Coaching Psychology and is an Advisor to several HR tech and Blockchain start-ups, including LiveHire, Beam, TiiQu, Data Revolutions and Hired1st. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University and has guest lectured at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

Aaron’s passion for great ideas and performance is not limited to the corporate world. Many years spent song writing and performing original music have taught him that humility, honesty and human connection sit at the heart of great songs and great performances. So it is with managing talent, making his role as an advisory leader a natural fit.

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