Should Hiring Be Automated? Pros and Cons

Jul 15, 2022

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For many companies trying to cut costs, recruitment automation can initially seem like a no brainer. By lowering HR involvement to an absolute minimum, companies can save a lot of money annually on salary costs.

For many industries, automation has all but taken over the recruitment process. The oil and gas industry, however, is often a bit more complicated. Oil and gas employees need more than just the required technical skills and know-how to do their job, they need to be a representation of the company to the client. For these specialized fields, taking the cheap route to hire the future of your company can be a huge mistake.

So to use automation, or not to use automation. That is the question… Here are a couple of the key pros and cons you should consider.

Pro: Low-Cost Alternative

At face-value, automation will always save the company money. Whether you’re replacing current employees, or simply saving them time to work on other things, paying a robot is much cheaper than paying an employee.

Con: Gaming the System

Experienced candidates have faced the machines before. And many of them know how to win. It is fairly easy to write your resume with the right keywords so a candidate can get past the machine and onto the next level of recruitment. While this may be seen as resourceful, bending the rules to get the perfect outcome isn’t exactly a desirable trait in an employee. These candidates might look great on paper when in reality they are sub-par. Unfortunately, automation can’t tell the difference.

Pro: Fast and Effective

Nobody likes doing time-consuming and monotonous tasks. Luckily, that’s what computers are the best at. If you’re trying to ease the burden on your current HR employees, working with them to implement systems where they need them the most can create a vastly more effective unit. Combining automation tools with the use of recruiters is a common technique when trying to find the perfect candidate. Let the computers weed out those who are obviously not the right fit, then let the recruiters take over from there.

Con: Individuality Killers

People are messy. It’s pretty often that they don’t regularly fit into the mold. These key-word based systems don’t make many concessions for those it finds “inappropriate” for the job position. This has harbored a lot of negative feelings among candidates toward automated systems. Nobody wants their fate decided by a machine. Not only does this discourage potentially qualified candidates, it can also be a bad first impression for the company

New Tech Global has been in the oil and gas consulting industry for over 20 years specializing in engineering, project management and well site supervision. Over the years, as requested by some of the largest oil/gas operators and service companies in the world, we’ve expanded our business from consultancy services to staffing as well. We provide W-2 contractors too many different industries including oil/gas, energy, petrochemical, manufacturing, industrial, construction, and medical. NTG has offices in Houston, Midland, Fort Worth, Denver, and Canonsburg, PA as well as international offices in Mexico City and Dubai.

Considering NTG’s reputation in the oilfield along with our success in staffing, we would be a great staffing partner for any company. We have structured our Recruiting group to strategically best serve the needs of our clients. We have taken our knowledge of the high demand, technical experience and 24 hour service of the oilfield and have been able to adapt to other industries.

With our combined recruiting experience in and out of the oil/gas industry, we are able to provide our clients a diverse level of support in supplying candidates for the following disciplines: Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, Procurement, Maintenance, HSE/Quality, Engineering, Field Technicians, IT, Accounting/Finance, HR, Marketing, Executive Suite and Administrative. NTG is considered a national vendor for several of our clients and we have contractors in 40 states.

NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services

Client Experience:

NTG provides to your company a personal approach. Our relationship is built on trust and reliability. We strive to surpass the client’s expectations in multiple ways: we look for technically sound, driven individuals that match your company’s culture.
NTG will tailor our recruiting efforts to your needs. For example, our team will prescreen the candidate(s) and determine if they are the right fit for the company and position. The hiring manager will receive a full candidate description highlighting the relevant skills related to the job. If the client would like to proceed with an interview, NTG will assist in coordinating the interview with both parties. We pride ourselves in being thorough. We interview all of our candidates and only present those who fit the requirements of your positions.
Other services include weekly updates to the hiring managers, reference checks, onboarding prescreening assessments and offer negotiations.

NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services
NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services

Client Experience:

NTG provides to your company a personal approach. Our relationship is built on trust and reliability. We strive to surpass the client’s expectations in multiple ways: we look for technically sound, driven individuals that match your company’s culture.
NTG will tailor our recruiting efforts to your needs. For example, our team will prescreen the candidate(s) and determine if they are the right fit for the company and position. The hiring manager will receive a full candidate description highlighting the relevant skills related to the job. If the client would like to proceed with an interview, NTG will assist in coordinating the interview with both parties. We pride ourselves in being thorough. We interview all of our candidates and only present those who fit the requirements of your positions.
Other services include weekly updates to the hiring managers, reference checks, onboarding prescreening assessments and offer negotiations.

NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services

Recruiting Services include:

  • Temporary Services
  • Temp-to-Perm Services
  • Payrolling Services (NTG is currently the National Payrolling Provider for some of the largest Operators and Project based services
  • Volume Recruiting Campaigns
  • Client Hiring Events
  • RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) and Onsite Assistance
  • Direct Placements & Confidential Searches
  • All payroll services included
  • FLSA driven conversion needs (1099 conversions to W-2)

NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services:

  • New Hire paperwork (applications, W-4s, I-9 Verifications, drug/alcohol pre-screenings, background checks). NTG is an E-Verify company.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly payroll
  • Online portal for timesheet approvals and submittals
  • Online portal for employees to retrieve check stubs via Payroll system
  • Direct Deposit
  • Medical Benefits provided to contractors (eligibility on the first day of the month following 60 days of full time employment)
  • 401K provided to contractors after 90 days of full time employment, after one year (100% match on the first 3%; 50% on the next 2%)
  • Online benefits portal (contractors can elect their coverage, access to 24 hour help desk for benefit related questions)
  • NTG covers Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Federal/State taxes
  • Unemployment
  • General Liability coverage
  • Payroll processing fees

Recruiting Services include:

  • Temporary Services
  • Temp-to-Perm Services
  • Payrolling Services (NTG is currently the National Payrolling Provider for some of the largest Operators and Project based services
  • Volume Recruiting Campaigns
  • Client Hiring Events
  • RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) and Onsite Assistance
  • Direct Placements & Confidential Searches
  • All payroll services included
  • FLSA driven conversion needs (1099 conversions to W-2)

NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services:

  • New Hire paperwork (applications, W-4s, I-9 Verifications, drug/alcohol pre-screenings, background checks). NTG is an E-Verify company.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly payroll
  • Online portal for timesheet approvals and submittals
  • Online portal for employees to retrieve check stubs via Payroll system
  • Direct Deposit
  • Medical Benefits provided to contractors (eligibility on the first day of the month following 60 days of full time employment)
  • 401K provided to contractors after 90 days of full time employment, after one year (100% match on the first 3%; 50% on the next 2%)
  • Online benefits portal (contractors can elect their coverage, access to 24 hour help desk for benefit related questions)
  • NTG covers Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Federal/State taxes
  • Unemployment
  • General Liability coverage
  • Payroll processing fees

Recruiting Services include:

  • Temporary Services
  • Temp-to-Perm Services
  • Payrolling Services (NTG is currently the National Payrolling Provider for some of the largest Operators and Project based services
  • Volume Recruiting Campaigns
  • Client Hiring Events
  • RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) and Onsite Assistance
  • Direct Placements & Confidential Searches
  • All payroll services included
  • FLSA driven conversion needs (1099 conversions to W-2)

NTG Staffing provides complete onboarding services:

  • New Hire paperwork (applications, W-4s, I-9 Verifications, drug/alcohol pre-screenings, background checks). NTG is an E-Verify company.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly payroll
  • Online portal for timesheet approvals and submittals
  • Online portal for employees to retrieve check stubs via Payroll system
  • Direct Deposit
  • Medical Benefits provided to contractors (eligibility on the first day of the month following 60 days of full time employment)
  • 401K provided to contractors after 90 days of full time employment, after one year (100% match on the first 3%; 50% on the next 2%)
  • Online benefits portal (contractors can elect their coverage, access to 24 hour help desk for benefit related questions)
  • NTG covers Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Federal/State taxes
  • Unemployment
  • General Liability coverage
  • Payroll processing fees