• The dangers of recruiting for cultural fit

    Jan 30th, 2018

    This acknowledgement of the power of difference within an overarching culture is growing in momentum, with some commentators even advocating that the term ‘cultural fit’ be ditched completely and others, like Headstart’s co-founder Nicholas Shekerdemian, arguing that the future is about ‘microcultures’ not monocultures.

    “Companies often have criteria for culture held in a rigid structure. They say ‘we have one set of cultural values and they are the definition of what good looks like’. But cultures are made up of hundreds of smaller cultures, which make the overarching culture,” he explains. “You need to understand both. You need to understand microcultural fit. You need to recognise the intricacies within different parts of the company and hire people who are complementary to each other, rather than trying to hire the same person across functions and teams.”

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  • Would you let AI recruit for you?

    Dec 12th, 2017

    Headstart’s premise, like some of its rivals, is to augment human capability with data. As Shekerdemian says: “The best way to enhance recruitment is to give recruiters more data.” Organisations, he adds, “fundamentally don’t actually know how to measure how capable someone is”, which is why his software issues questionnaires to candidates and puts them through a psychometric assessment tailored to the requirements of the job. Time to hire, he says, is cut by 70 per cent and satisfaction with hires is up.

    If Headstart gets enough traction – and enough cash – to build a sufficiently useful database of talent, it could become what its founder calls “LinkedIn on steroids”. But what Shekerdemian and others must ultimately rely on is recruiters realising that intuition is one of our most irrational traits.

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  • Meet the HR Tech Startups: 5 Companies Who Want to Change The Way You Do HR

    Nov 17th, 2017

    Headstart is a recruiting application that matches candidates with companies based on a unique “fingerprint” of attributes. These attributes are not fixed and may be different for every candidate. They may include traditional factors like credentials and college degrees, but also cultural factors like personality, interests, and work style. The application uses machine learning algorithms to develop a set of candidate requirements based on employer hiring habits and industry trends, and then matches candidates with the companies they fit best.

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  • Is testing candidates before they apply the future of recruitment?

    Nov 15th, 2017

    Psychometric tests used to be long, formal exercises candidates would take some way into the recruitment process. But could testing potential applicants before they even apply mean employers get a better fit, or more of the same? Peter Crush investigates.

    “It sort of makes sense,” argues Gareth Jones, COO at Headstart AI, which has developed technology that invisibly applies psychometric tests at the point applicants apply to a company’s website. “Saving psychometrics till the end is like taking whoever’s left after an interview process and trying to fit them against a profile that might be different to what the interviewers were assessing on,” he says. “Because we identify the desired profile for each advertised role first, having psychometrics early then works much harder, actively identifying the people best suited to go to the next level.” He adds: “Instead of the alignment of people to the role being at the end, the alignment should be the first part of the process. To me, the earlier psychometrics are used, the better.”

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  • The 'Rec Tech' Revolution: Four Startups Shaking Up The Way You Get Hired

    Oct 29th, 2017

    Smart technology is shaking up the traditional recruitment industry, with a new generation of startups using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help job candidates and employers find the perfect match.

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  • The tech startups using AI to disrupt the recruitment industry

    Sep 20th, 2017

    Hiring the best talent and creating a diverse workforce is a top priority for businesses – and is arguably one of their biggest challenges. But help is now at hand from a new generation of tech startups using artificial intelligence (AI) to give employers the edge in the recruitment stakes.

    Nicholas Shekerdemian is CEO and co-founder of Headstart, which uses AI to transform the graduate recruitment process. As a student at Oxford University, he was sending internship applications to the same companies as everyone else, when he had his eureka moment.

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  • How AI can aid, not replace, humans in recruitment

    Aug 28th, 2017

    Artificial intelligence is gaining prominence in a number of industries and brings advantages and disadvantages in the field of recruitment

    Recruiters are too reliant on grades and qualifications to decide who the best candidates are, says Jeremy Hindle, CTO and co-founder of machine learning-based recruitment app Headstart. “It’s very difficult to measure how capable somebody is, given the existing structure of a CV and the way recruitment systems within businesses currently work,” he says. “They are very heavily weighted towards grades and where they’ve studied, and I don’t think that’s the best way. Companies are missing out on some of the best talent. It’s most apparent in sectors like technology, but also in advertising and media,” he adds. It is an issue Hindle and his Headstart co-founder, Nicholas Shekerdemian, are seeking to address with the app, which uses machine learning to find relevant roles for jobseekers.

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  • Y Combinator takes machine intelligence startups to school and learns a thing or two

    Aug 27th, 2017

    Applying this heuristic to YCs batch would seem to favor a business like CureSkin, classifying images of skin conditions, over a startup like Nimble, evaluating potential teachers, or Headstart, ranking job applicants by culture fit. There really isn’t a great reproducible methodology for predicting teacher performance or culture fit.

    Time will tell if YC’s framework for investing in AI startups is accurate. In many ways this inaugural batch encapsulates broader trends in commercializing AI. For as long as the chance remains that one of these startups could be the next Dropbox or Airbnb, YC has nothing to lose from investing in verticalizing its storied accelerator.

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  • Can robots be recruiters?

    Aug 17th, 2017

    Automation, AI and algorithms have been steadily creeping in. But can they work for recruitment?

    In 2020 the most valuable member of your HR team isn’t going to be your learning and development specialist, your head of employee relations, or your reward lead. This team member will never grumble about their workload. They will work efficiently behind the scenes performing tasks in seconds that it would take others hours to complete. That’s because the most valuable member of your team in the future is going to be a machine, specifically a computer algorithm.

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  • Swipe right for the best candidate? Recruitment enters the Tinder age

    Jul 14th, 2017

    Recruitment systems are evolving so candidates can use artificial intelligence to match themselves to roles in a similar way they might seek out a partner online. This has benefits for employers too, explains Cath Everett.

    Jeremy talks about how our aim is to place people in the right places based on their merit so it’s all about removing unconscious bias. We all know that having a diverse team is very valuable to business so it’s about making recruitment fairer.

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  • Four lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Silicon Valley

    Jul 14th, 2017

    Nicholas Shekerdemian created Headstart, a company that uses machine learning to help employers to find job candidates. BP and L’Oréal are among its clients.

    "Your elevator pitch must be so simple that someone could explain your product and vision to family and friends over dinner.”

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  • Headstart wants to better analyze candidates to fit them with the best jobs

    Jun 25th, 2017

    Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with a technical co-founder and then ended up starting a company. But Shekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would solve his own problem: actually getting a job at a cookie cutter company where everyone else applies.

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  • Thiel Foundation Announces 2017 Thiel Fellows

    Jun 16th, 2017

    The Thiel Foundation today named 25 people into the 2017 class of Thiel Fellows. The two-year fellowship provides young entrepreneurs with $100,000 and mentorship from the Thiel Foundation’s network of technology entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists. Launched in 2011, the program encourages fellows to pursue full-time entrepreneurship instead of going to college.

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  • Can an algorithm replace a recruiter?

    Jun 8th, 2017

    “If you were to sum up what machine learning is amazing at, it’s the ability to spot patterns in vast amounts of data and be able to make predictions based on those patterns,” says Jeremy Hindle, Co-founder and CTO at Headstart App. “There aren’t many bigger sets of data to analyse than ‘what or who a person is’ so it’s an ideal fit for machine learning.”

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  • How Big Data became the precursor to the Internet of Things

    May 30th, 2017

    Jeremy Hindle is CTO and Co-founder of Headstart the AI-based recruitment app, and details a few important technological breakthroughs which have allowed us to use Big Data to some of its potential...

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  • Up and coming: Jeremy Hindle, co-founder and CTO of Headstart App

    May 17th, 2017

    We chat to Jeremy Hindle, co-founder and CTO at Headstart App. He is a 28-year-old self-taught (polyglot) programmer who studied neuroscience at university before deciding that a medical career wasn’t for him.

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  • 22 year old’s ‘Headstart’ app recruits 20,000 students in first 6 months

    Apr 4th, 2017

    22-year-old undergraduate student Nicholas Shekerdemian has celebrated massive success and has been named as one of 2017’s 'most exciting young entrepreneurs to watch' in several reports, after his ground-breaking Headstart app was a finalist and award winner in the ‘Disrupt HR’ competition at HR Tech World in Paris.  Signing up over 20,000 students in just 6 months,  the app which he co-founded and launched with experienced tech entrepreneur Jeremy Hindle has been named as one of the 50 most disruptive companies in 2017.

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  • Meet the Co-founder of Headstart App

    Mar 31st, 2017

    Hi Nicholas, what do we need to know about the man behind Headstart App?
    I’m 22, hugely ambitious, and am passionate about inspiring young people to make the right choices early on; particularly with regard to their own career.

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  • HR Tech World: Why HR should embrace disruptive technology

    Mar 29th, 2017

    When we talk about “disruptive HR”, what do we mean? As technology to support HR professionals becomes ever more sophisticated, it’s come to mean anything from new models of working to artificial intelligence and robotic automation.

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  • Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch: Nicholas Shekerdemian

    Mar 28th, 2017

    Are entrepreneurs born or made? That’s the question we would pitch to 22 year-old Nicholas Shekerdemian whose analytical prowess at the ripe age of 13 saw him receive a scholarship to King’s College School in Wimbledon to study the International Baccalaureate.

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  • The 50 most disruptive UK companies in 2017

    Mar 27th, 2017

    Headstart App is chosen as one of the top companies that are making a difference in the UK as Real Business reveals the 50 most disruptive UK companies in 2017: It's the Future 50!

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  • Unconscious bias hinders diversity recruitment

    Feb 28th, 2017

    Even computer programs designed to eliminate human subjectivity sometimes fail. Bias in the hiring process is prevalent and hard to eradicate. Scientists have found evidence that data-driven recruitment algorithms have the potential to learn our prejudices. Unless carefully monitored, their filters detect patterns of underrepresentation and reproduce them, perpetuating biases against already disadvantaged groups such as older and disabled workers, women and ethnic minorities.

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  • Is applicant matching the future of graduate recruitment?

    Feb 14th, 2017

    Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have been around for many years. And, for many years, they have served a great purpose at large corporations, helping track candidates internally after the point of application, says Nicholas Shekerdemiam, CEO and Co Founder of Headstart App. However, there is a growing school of thought that believes that technological advancements and adoption over the last decade has created a new, more intelligent and candidate friendly form of the ATS: the AMS or Applicant Matching System.

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  • Ten of the most exciting young entrepreneurs to watch

    Jan 12th, 2017

    Created by 22 year-old entrepreneur Shekerdemian while taking a break from his Oxford University degree, the platform was recently identified as one to watch in the ‘Disrupt HR’ competition at HR Tech World in Paris, and is being trialed by the likes of Vodafone, RBS, Accenture, BP and Expedia.

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  • Rise of the machines: Are robots after your job?

    Jan 12th, 2017

    Should marketers fear for their jobs or embrace the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, so they can adapt now and stay relevant in the future?

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  • The recruitment app levelling the playing field for SMEs: Headstart

    Jan 3rd, 2017

    Shekerdemian co-founded Headstart App with tech entrepreneur Jeremy Hindle last year, after having identified several problems smaller businesses face when it comes to recruiting recent graduates.

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  • Ensuring Future Talent Succeeds at Vodafone

    Dec 14th, 2016

    How is Vodafone leading the way in technology and innovation and using this to attract future talent? Vodafone’s global head of resourcing and employer brand, Catalina Schveninger, explains how Headstart is helping ensure that happens. 

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  • 5 Reasons Every Startup Needs a Co-founder

    Nov 22nd, 2016

    It may be a cliché but two heads really are better than one for those looking to start their own business. This is according to Nick Shekerdemian, CEO & Co-Founder at Headstart – a platform designed to match students with jobs in a more fair and efficient way.

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  • How to build a diverse workforce

    Nov 8th, 2016

    Accepting diversity in the workplace so men and women from all backgrounds belong together, not only promotes social cohesion – it’s good for business. [Featured in Raconteur's Diversity and Inclusion section in the Times].

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  • My top 10 disruptHR’ers at HR Tech World Congress

    Oct 24th, 2016

    Faye Holland, HRN Blog's disruptHR lead blogger, gives her top 10 disruptHR’ers for HR Tech World in the run up to HR Tech World Congress.

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