Artificial Intelligence continues to impact the way we live and work in exciting and unexpected ways. Whether you are an advocate of these developments or they make you uneasy, one thing is for sure - AI is here to stay. As a sector that thrives on innovation, recruitment has been keen to adopt these new technologies to help refine processes and create efficiencies. Read on to discover 3 ways artificial intelligence is changing the world of recruitment.
Recruitment is time-consuming and sifting through dozens if not hundreds of resumes and cover letters can take huge chunks out of your day. Headstart is one of a number of recruitment apps that use machine learning technology to screen cover letters based on your company’s specific requirements. The technology claims to help you find the best fit for the role and rejects applications that don’t meet your criteria. It also helps assess cultural fit and removes bias from the process so the candidates are screened on their skills and achievements rather than their background, ethnicity, gender, or age.
Is it right for your business? If you’re looking to save time and streamline processes, applications like Headstart could be a useful tool. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the value of assessing the applications manually to get a first-hand understanding of your candidate pool and the profile of applicants that are attracted to working for your firm.
myInterview could be a particularly useful tool as we continue to adjust to life in the COVID-19 pandemic. It uses machine learning to screen candidate video interviews and assesses the responses across a variety of criteria including levels of energy, positivity, empathy, and how the candidate should perform in certain situations. The technology also transcribes the answers so recruiters can fact-check and cross-reference findings. myInterview collects key phrases so recruiters can see which candidates have used a term that might be of particular interest. The recruiter is supplied with a personality assessment for each candidate and a screened candidate list. If you need to conduct face-to-face interviews after, the app can also handle this.
Is it right for your business? myInterview definitely has some great time-saving features though we would still worry about the impression that candidates get when confronted with an AI service at such an early point in the selection process.
As mentioned, recruitment takes time. So, how about utilizing a robot to streamline candidate sourcing, screening, and even the interview process itself? Sounds a bit creepy, right? But Robot Vera already has a number of high-profile users including L’Oreal and PepsiCo, and it claims to make recruitment up to 10 times faster.
The recruiters themselves haven’t been shown the door just yet. They are still required to write the job advert and description. That’s when Robot Vera takes over, getting to work sourcing talent and making the first call. The technology uses voice recognition software to screen the candidates and, if they make the grade, Robot Vera passes the details on to the recruiter for review. The recruiter can tweak the process, going forward, if the technology isn’t delivering the quality they want. Unlike humans, Robot Vera doesn’t need to sleep or eat and can communicate in an impressive 68 languages, making her good for globalized businesses.
Is it right for your business? At Bramwith we are huge advocates of technology but there are a few things about Robot Vera that we just can’t get excited about. Imagine being a hopeful candidate and getting the first call from a prospective employer with no human empathy attached. Weird, right? And perhaps not the best first impression. There’s also the danger of missing out on important nuances and not being able to assess a candidate’s soft skills. Soft skills such as empathy and keeping level-headed under pressure are vital in procurement and supply chain professionals, and not being able to gauge these is a significant setback. As far as we can see, Robot Vera technology also falls short when testing a diverse range of skills.
We hope you have enjoyed this light-hearted look at how AI is changing the world of recruitment. If you want to grow your team and could use some professional, friendly, and human support with doing so, please get in touch. We are experts in procurement and supply chain recruitment and we would love to help.
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