Here’s How Waste Management is Transforming Hiring

Tech is playing a huge role in improving the candidate experience for blue-collar positions.
By: | February 21, 2019 • 2 min read

Think blue-collar workers aren’t comfortable using technology? Well, think again.

At Waste Management, which has more than 42,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, technology is playing a huge role in improving the speed of its hiring process, reducing it by six days. At the same time, and perhaps more importantly, it’s been instrumental in creating a better experience for job candidates, many of whom are drivers and technicians.

Blue-collar workers today represent about 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, said Kurt Heikkinen, president and CEO of Montage, a provider of interviewing tools that worked with WM to transforms its recruiting processes. “After years of decline, it now represents one of the fastest growing segments of the workforce,” he said, adding that there’s been a resurgence of jobs in industries such as construction, mining and manufacturing.


Speaking at a session titled “How Waste Management Leverages Tech to Engage Blue-Collar Workers” during this week’s Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech LIVE in Las Vegas, Heikkinen said the expectations of today’s job candidate, including those applying for blue-collar jobs, mirrors the expectations of today’s consumer.

“Just as people expect a fast, easy tech-enabled process at home and in daily life,” he explained, “today’s candidates expect the same or even more when it comes to their hiring experience.”

WM Director of Talent Acquisition Alyson Lupa noted that speed and convenience have been two major areas of focus for her team.

To achieve those objectives, she said, WM implemented an on-demand voice technology so candidates could engage in the process when they’re available, not when recruiters are available.

By adding a voice-recorded option, candidates could do a phone screen when it was convenient for them, said Lupa, noting that between the hours of nine to five many may behind the wheel of a vehicle.