Karen Azulai is a global sourcing expert, co founder of HR Tech Nation and in 2018, her parallel session was best rated on Talent Acquisition Live. So she is in the line-up of 2019 as a keynote talking about improving your sourcing by using the really great technology out there. Who is this amazing woman who is seen as the go to person on augmented sourcing? We asked her a couple of questions to get to know her better.
Karen, can you tell us a little about yourself? What do you do on a day to day base?
Everyone always knew that I would be the person to turn to for any type of information. My father has a background in intelligence, I served in the army in the Intelligence Force. Information was my life. This is why being an Information Professional was such a joy for me. And I made a career out of it.
6-7 years ago I became a talent sourcer. Up until that point I also dealt with recruiting here and there. I also studied HR for a short while. The fact that I was ALWAYS deeply attracted to “the future” made me always keen to learning about technologies. And I started using advanced sourcing tools from the moment they came out to the market and I’ve seen them evolve.
In parallel to sourcing, I also studied as much as I could about robotics and AI and all the advanced technologies. I am an avid follower of the Singularity University and when you study there, you understand the magnitude of what we are going through and where we are heading. So I did a lot of global sourcing, changed people’s lives without meeting them even once.
“I changed people’s lives without meeting them even once”
Two and a half years ago – I noticed the HR Tech market was starting to thrive. And I also noticed that automated sourcing processes became part of some of the recruiting platforms. So I dove into that market as well. And 3 years later and I’m totally immersed in it, as a blogger, as a judge in competitions, as a mentor, etc.
I’m also training advanced sourcing methods as well as consulting companies on how to upgrade their sourcing and recruiting teams, digitalising/automating processes and basically preparing them to a market where exponential technologies are going to rule and where everyone has to have a different mindset.”
Focussing on your sourcing work, do you do this nationally or internationally and how do you manage time zones and languages?
“I speak Hebrew, English, Spanish, French and I understand Italian. I used to know some Dutch from back in the days when my family and I lived in Den Haag! I source anywhere on the face of the planet, however there are times and projects that I think it’s more beneficial for the client to have a local provider. For example, in India.
Of course I also source in Israel but only for unique senior roles. Time zones are a bitch…but nothing stands in one’s way when they really want something. I’ve been known to attend meetings at 6 AM and/or midnight.”
You will be talking about augmenting sourcing. What parts of the sourcing process (identifying talent, connecting with talent, actual contacting talent, etc.) do you use technical augmentation for?
“Anything that will help me work more effectively and would help me better understand who this candidate is, personality wise and if they would be culturally-fit as well. Collect as much info as possible BEFORE the phone interview. That means, great sourcing tools, chatbots, gamification, testing apps and more.”
Finally, can you tell us something about you most people won’t know?
“I moved apartments 34 times, I played 4 music instruments, I used to be a flight attendant for 4 years fro El Al, I travel with my pillow and I once took a course about Lichens (google it!..) in the North and South poles. And there isn’t one arts and crafts course that I haven’t taken: from Vitrage (making glass windows) to puppetry to sculpture to drawing to knitting to stiching. You name it, I did it (and some of it was good too).”