How AI Is Changing Recruitment
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How AI Is Changing Recruitment

How AI Is Changing Recruitment

Posted on 15th October 2018

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Drawing from his experiences at Be-IT, Scott Bentley correctly points out that recruitment is a complex, ever-changing, and dynamic industry. Proof of this dynamism is the way artificial intelligence (AI) is now starting to impact on the industry. In the past few years, AI has become a hot topic across all industries. In IT recruitment it is changing how the industry searches for and finds top talent.

Tech Genix believes that the recruitment process faces a host of challenges that need to be addressed. Recruitment is, of course, a time consuming process and time to hire is critical, but not helped by “inaccessibility of talent, exceptionally long recruitment process, several rounds of negotiations and getting everybody to sign off on a deal”. 

Drawing from his experiences at Be-IT, Scott Bentley correctly points out that recruitment is a complex, ever-changing, and dynamic industry. Proof of this dynamism is the way artificial intelligence (AI) is now starting to impact on the industry. In the past few years, AI has become a hot topic across all industries. In IT recruitment it is changing how the industry searches for and finds top talent.

Tech Genix believes that the recruitment process faces a host of challenges that need to be addressed. Recruitment is, of course, a time consuming process and time to hire is critical, but not helped by “inaccessibility of talent, exceptionally long recruitment process, several rounds of negotiations and getting everybody to sign off on a deal”. 

The initial challenge, as always, is matching the right person with the right job and AI, according to Forbes, is helping by improving talent acquisition efficiency and effectiveness. One way this is being accomplished is by automating some of the more time-consuming tasks, such as poring over vast amounts of data, consolidating information into a data bank, finding and ranking candidates and scheduling interviews.
 

AI’s ability to process data quickly, efficiently, and accurately is its biggest contribution to the recruitment process. As AI can access and assess vital information from several data streams in very little time, recruiters can now pinpoint areas in the process where they ought to channel more of their time and resources. IT recruiters can use AI-analysed data to pitch job vacancies to the most relevant candidates. Time to hire is shortened significantly and the chances of filling a vacancy with a competent and qualified candidate increase as a result.

Understandably, some in the business are worried that AI might take over completely, especially in light of a BBC report that AI could displace seven million jobs in the next 15 years. Here in the UK, the most public display of AI disruption is being seen on the road, with the government testing autonomous lorries on the motorways. This follows on from the already increasing expansion of machine learning into various industries across the globe. Verizon Connect product management director Todd Ewing explains that data is being used in the US logistics industry to remove human error. This is through providing optimal routes, improving driving habits and reducing overheads through fuel efficiency. As with IT recruitment, the above example shows how AI technology can seamlessly integrate into roles that were once considered only for people. 

While AI and machine learning is changing the IT recruitment process, it is still in its infancy. Recruitment, ultimately, requires a human decision maker, and this means that recruiters and HR personnel need not worry (yet) about being replaced by AI-powered computers. On the contrary, The Telegraph predicts that recruiters will be happier and more productive. Getting the balance right between humans and machines will be a key element in the future success of the industry. 

This is a guest blog by Allyson Cole - an aspiring tech writer.

 

 


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