Whether it’s logging into a closed system from halfway around the globe, or checking e-mails on your phone, the internet has removed geography as a barrier to communication. Unfortunately, recruitment faces other barriers.
Posting job listings to tens or even hundreds of locations takes time, as does reviewing CVs, sorting the highly skilled from the rejection pile, before finally conducting interviews. Fortunately, smart applications, powered by artificial intelligence, are changing this.
Sage reports that, in two years, the number of businesses using AI to manage operations is expected to increase sharply, from 38% in 2016 to 62% in 2018. One of the primary areas where organisations are already using this trending technology is recruitment.
AI Applications are Purpose-Built Software
These reduce the time taken on repetitive tasks, so allowing employees to commit to more worthwhile activities. Frequently, this involves scanning and organising data. In addition, it is necessary to make sense of vast amounts of information far more quickly than a human would be be able to.
How Does AI in Recruitment Work?
There are three stages to recruitment, all of which have the potential to delay the hiring process:
- Writing and posting job listings,
- Reviewing and selecting résumés, and
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Currently, there is no replacement for interviewing. This is although remote phone and video technologies, like Skype, have removed the geographical obstacles that once existed.
AI is already capable of helping you to structure job listings most likely to attract the best candidates. It can even upload the listings to popular recruitment sites and monitor them for activity. The AI application will inform you when a potential candidate has expressed interest in the position.
Scanning through hundreds or even thousands of résumés is also quickly becoming a thing of the past. This is because smart applications can use your select criteria to scan hundreds of online social media sites for appropriate applicants. They can even operate locally on your company’s server. These smart applications will examine the electronic CVs you have already received. They will narrow down the list of appropriate contenders for interview.
What applications are out there?
Textio analyses your job listings against tens of thousands of other listings to help advise you on how you can improve wording, content and grammar to give your business the best chance of recruiting suitable contenders.
Ideal offers numerous ways to screen for the best candidates, not only by analysing the numerous online applicants for appropriate skills and experiences, but even by re-screening the oft-forgotten resource: existing employees
Olivia, by Paradox, is a chatbot, or virtual assistant, that enable HR to chat via messaging systems. Olivia collates information from numerous sources. This is to help organise, screen and communicate with potential job candidates and even assist with scheduling interviews.
There are numerous other applications out there that can make recruitment cheaper, faster and more efficient. They remove hirer bias as well as freeing up HR to focus on more important tasks. With more companies embracing smart recruitment technology, businesses around the world are rapidly improving their workforces. Isn’t it about time you embraced AI, too?