In 2018, HR managers and recruiters were consistently looking at advances in technology that will improve the hiring process or the productivity of the function. It is an exciting time as we see new applications emerge every day. One such example is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is streamlining the hiring process by automating candidate sourcing, interview scheduling, and to some extent, the applicant screening process. It has reduced the workload on hiring managers and improved the overall candidate experience. It has also standardized the quality of candidates by removing the human bias during the screening process.
According to Ideal, a leading AI recruiting software developer's survey that involved HR managers, recruiters, and talent acquisition professionals, 52% agreed that candidate sourcing and screening is the most time-consuming task in the recruitment process in their organization. A Jobvite survey also found that 50% of recruiters have said that they are positive about implementing AI further for their recruitment process.
Successful AI Implementation in the Hiring Process....
There are a number of ways that AI has been implemented already in the hiring process including sourcing apps and chatbots. Sourcing apps use machine learning to understand the pattern of successful candidates matched with the mentioned job description and draw the best-suited profiles from millions of candidates.
Chatbots use automated messages through text boxes or voice command which saves time and improve the application process experience for the candidate. They are making the whole pre-screening process as mobile friendly and cloud-based for candidates. Job seekers can complete tasks anytime, anywhere, instead of waiting for the entire process to complete within office hours.
Employers have leveraged AI technology over the past year, and now their demand for AI is becoming more specific. For example, they are looking for technology such as “AI for sourcing” and “AI for Screening,” separately.
As all these innovations are great for employers. What change does it bring to the candidate? Here are the tips which can help job seekers to keep up with the evolving technologies.
If you are a person who shies away from social media, then you will find yourselves at a significant disadvantage. Sourcing apps scan through an online platform for candidates.
If you are only sending resumes through email, you will find that the opportunities coming to you will start decreasing or you will be exposed to only minimal chances. To maximize the opportunity to be matched to an ideal opportunity, relying on traditional networking methods alone is not enough, you need a complete online (professional) presence.
As a seasoned recruiter, I can say LinkedIn as a platform is replacing the need for traditional resumes, so it is imperative that you ensure your profile is as comprehensive and up to date as possible. Include all your credentials, certificates, programming languages; tools knowledge even expired certificates if it is relevant to your work experience. As sourcing apps use work experience to identify patterns that are matched to job criteria, the more information you provide, the more likely you are to be found.
Make sure that you keep your contact information open to the public so that either the AI apps or the recruiters can quickly locate you. In case if you are concerned that you are sharing private information, then I would suggest keeping a separate email id for job searches or register for a google voice number forwarded to your mobile number.
In the last year, we have observed more organizations opting for digital interviewing. In this case, the candidate must understand how to approach these interviews. Last year I read an article about how organizations are using an eye-based lie detecting tool. As AI is watching your eyes, you need to be comfortable with the digital environment, be more expressive and have excellent communication skills.
As AI is playing a significant role in hiring, job seekers must put more time into understanding the technology to make it work to their advantage and to know what they need to do differently to be successful. Though I know, we have not yet witnessed the full measure of AI, but one thing we all can agree on that AI is the future which will change the way we will apply for jobs.
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