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Hiring Success 18: Three Days in the Life

Catch your breath after the marathon of Hiring Success 18, and relive some key moments from three days of TA inspiration… with more to come!

One thousand TA leaders from across the globe joined us in San Francisco for the third annual Hiring Success conference, and left with enough learnings to last the year until Hiring Success 19.

Here, we look back on some of our more special moments, where the intersection of passion and innovation was truly palpable, and of course, some that were just plain fun.

Analyst Day:

Top TA analysts kicked off Hire18 with a meeting of minds…

… and received advanced insight into new SmartRecruiters features. 

VIP Party:

Hire18 VIPs relaxed after Analyst Day at San Francisco’s hippest social club, The Battery, with food, drinks, and those famous SF rooftop views

and a heartfelt toast from Stephane Kasriel, the CEO of Upwork – pictured below with our CEO and founder Jerome Ternynck.


For the official opening of the conference, Jerome Ternynck roused the audience with a passionate unpacking of ‘Hiring Success’.

The Big Reveal – AI Recruiting Assistant:

One of many newsworthy announcements, SmartRecruiters launched our AI Recruiting Assistant, the only completely native AI on the market, that allows businesses to leverage the power of artificial intelligence to streamline recruiting processes, remove bias, and usher millions of candidates into their perfect job fit.

Predicting Quality of Hire:

Lou Adler, head of The Adler Group, revealed his methods, key features of his legendary methodology, including the one interview question that predicts ‘Quality of Hire’.

Texting Etiquette:

President of RecruitingDaily, William Tincup, managed to convince the audience to implement this traditionally personal platform into their recruiting practice, while simultaneously shocking attendees with ‘stranger than fiction’ examples of how terribly wrong it can go.

Hearing Accessibility:

All session attendees left the room with far more knowledge than they had going in, and in this particularly unique talk,  learned the challenges of deaf and hearing impaired workers, experiencing the latest technology that not only makes work more accessible to those in need, but makes everyone’s work-flow better.

The Blockchain Question:  

Serial founder and CEO Nick Macario spoke, alongside self-proclaimed futurist Kevin Wheeler, about the potential for blockchain to radically shape the future of HR. The goal: break candidate data out of closed platforms, create a decentralized and connected network, and return information control to individuals.


Hire18 took to the high seas for a dance party on the decks of the Hornblower…

… And of course a brief pitstop at the Smarty photobooth.

Standout Applicant:

We heard from applicants whose jobseeking processes were unique and tenacious.

Digital Marketing candidate Nina Mufleh talked about how she made her case to Airbnb by publishing a website that went viral:

Shelley Winner was sent to prison for selling drugs. When she discovered she was pregnant, she turned her life around. She shared her candidate journey that led from a prison cell to the executive suite at Microsoft.

Robert Coombs wasn’t unsuccessful in PR, per se, but when he applied to corporate jobs, he got no love back. So he built a bot that applied to 3000 companies on his behalf, which effectively flipped the recruiting process!

Adidas, the story behind the Brand:

No one in the room was unfamiliar with the brand, but the company’s mechanics were new to most. And in many ways, the sports giant’s recruiting function is already operating in the future.

Recruiting Startup of the Year:

Honeypot swept the gold for Recruiting Startup of The Year with their developer-focused job platform that delivers qualified candidates to employers, and customizes and sends relevant offers to job seekers.


Four teams coded well into the night after the first day of Hire18 to deliver thoughtful customizations on the SmartRecruiters API. Visa took home the prize of $5k for an internal mobility add-on, which made it easier to find candidates from within an organization.


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