Vendor-supplied metrics dominate recruiting. Unfortunately, 99 percent of all recruiting metrics are “historical” and as a result, they only tell you what happened last year. Real-time metrics are more powerful because they tell you what’s happening today. Predictive analytics are even more powerful because they warn you in advance about what will likely happen, and tell you why, so that you can better prepare effective solutions. Recruiting should develop “alerts” to warn recruiters of upcoming problems and talent opportunities.