There’s a lot of talk these days about how AI (Artificial Intelligence) is slowly making its way into the recruitment industry. And while some recruiters paint a picture of doom and gloom others are ready to embrace this new technology. One thing both camps are agreed on though is the fact that ‘the robots are coming’ with the phrase used ad nauseam in blog posts and articles in every corner of the internet.
However, this isn’t quite true.
You see, the fact is, the robots are already here and have been for quite some time.
Earlier this year we introduced you to Olivia, Mya, and Arya, the three tools that we felt were ready to turn the recruiter’s world on its head. And while we have yet to see the industry as a whole embrace AI, tools such as these are certainly proving their worth.
But before we take a closer look at why our digital friends above are such a boon to the industry, let’s first dispel a few myths about both AI in the recruitment industry.
The most common AI myths easily busted
We’re going to lose our jobs
The words ‘automated work processes’ set off alarm bells for a very good reason. We naturally link such phrases with job losses and plant closures with the car industry being the perfect example.
But the fact is that recruitment is not a manufacturing process and rather than setting out to replace humans, the developers of AI in recruitment aim to make recruiters more efficient allowing them to use their time more productively.
AI is only for those with a tech background
There’s a common misconception that using such advanced technology requires a degree in computer science or, at the very least, a background in IT. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Developers create AI with the express purpose of helping everybody in the industry, and that includes those with very little technological aptitude.
Often these tools perform mundane tasks, so you don’t have to. An AI tool that schedules your calls and meetings, and perhaps replies to first-contact emails really doesn’t have to be all that complicated.
AI is better than humans
Hollywood really has a lot to answer for. People, in general, have this impression of AI as a super-intelligent computer that can answer any question, solve any problem, and well, you get the picture. This is not quite how it works.
AI was created to complement humans not compete with them. The dystopian future painted in mainstream media (and on the big screen in particular) is a fantasy of an overactive imagination. The reality is that generally speaking, AI developers create machines and tools for specific tasks and not much else. Your AI virtual assistant might beat you at scanning resumes, but it certainly won’t have the inclination nor the ability to lead a robot uprising.
AI is for big innovative companies
With all the talk lately of driverless cars and autonomous drones, it’s easy to assume that AI is a technology that is used only by the most innovative companies that are leaders in their field. What many don’t realize is that companies use AI for a lot of pretty mundane things like detecting user sentiment in text or even transcribing voice recordings.
The fact is that AI is not only for billion dollar companies with innovative ideas but also for smaller businesses with everyday problems.
Why recruiters need to embrace AI in all its guises
So now that we’ve dispelled a few myths let’s see what it is about this incredible technology that makes it such an asset to the modern-day recruiter.
Time is a recruiter’s most valuable commodity, and there simply isn’t enough of it. AI takes care of the tedious and time-consuming tasks which in turn allows the recruiter to spend time on more important or urgent matters.
Recruiters are only human, and as such, they all have their biases. It may be that they dislike certain words used in a resume or feel unreasonably optimistic about candidates from a particular alma mater. These may even be subconscious thoughts that the recruiter is, in fact, unaware of.
AI, on the other hand, is purely objective and when sorting through an initial first round of applications will offer all candidates an equal opportunity regardless of their annoying penchant for flowery language.
It promotes better relationships
An indirect benefit of using AI for those time-consuming tasks we mentioned earlier is that it allows the recruiter to spend more time with their candidates. Forging trusting relationships with both clients and candidates is a vital aspect of recruitment, and it’s falling to the wayside in recent times as recruiters build larger talent pools and take on more clients.
With AI handling a variety of work processes, the recruiter can focus on creating a positive and personal experience for each of their candidates.
It makes recruiters happier
With resumes and applications now handled by AI, the recruiter is free to get creative with their campaigns. They can now focus on the areas of the job that they enjoy or are particularly good at, and rather than dreading a morning of trawling through resumes; they arrive at work with more enthusiasm for the job.
At vsource, we firmly believe in a more modern recruitment process, however, while technology makes the job of a recruiter so much easier, recruitment is at its core a people business. And while there are many advantages to embracing AI and making use of the technology on a day to day basis, the most significant is that it allows recruiters to focus on creating a positive candidate experience.
The robots are here, and they are here to help, so do yourself (and your candidates) a favour and let them help.
It’s not only AI that can help free up your time. Contact us now to learn how vsource can handle talent sourcing so you can focus your energies on perfecting that positive candidate experience.