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  • Recruiting Trends for the New Decade

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    Traditional job recruitment practices have changed in recent years. Companies are starting to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytical tools in recruiting and hiring. In fact:
    • 25% are using AI to screens resumes or applications before human views them
    • 11% are using AI or analytical tools to identify and shortlist candidates without human involvement
    • 76% of recruiters believe that AI will have a somewhat significant impact on the job placement process.
    These trends are set to accelerate in the coming years. Tech trends are changing the way we find and retain staff. Recruitment and the job-seeking process will never be what it once was. In this new era of hiring we are set to experience enhanced vetting, automated chat bots, predictive analytics, and artificial intelligence employing various algorithms.

    Students and staff are encouraged to share their thoughts on these developments as well as resources, articles, and sources of information regarding this most relevant topic. It is well worth being aware of the changes rapidly occurring in this space as they will affect all graduates some form in the future.

  • #2
    The article ( was a good read.

    Now I understand why I am getting invitations on LinkedIn for interviews even if I am not applying for any jobs. My profile fit the parameters these companies have set on their AI for recruitment! So it is a good idea to keep your profile up to date and relevant.

    The evolving workplace also had the recruitment process changing. We don't necessarily have to apply. Recruiters are now actively searching for talent and are more effective now because of these new technologies.

    And imagine the load that our HR people had to bear before that they have to manually sift through everything. Now, they have the help (that never gets tired ) they need to sort and analyse. Cool!


    • Bjun
      Bjun commented
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      I agree. Keeping your profile updated is a must especially if you are looking for a job or wanting to change careers. I had my profile on a different platform and used to get a lot of notifications on jobs that I felt were not relevant to what I was looking for. Having no experience then, I would review every notification and fill out forms even for jobs I'm not qualified for.

      I realised since then that using the right key words and just putting the information relevant to the job you want will get better results than putting all the information and training you've had.

    • kdy
      kdy commented
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      I remember a recent conversation with a previous superior, and we were talking about a new account. The service was like a relay service where technology is used instead of the old school 3 way calling. It was so new to us it sounded exciting. But it can be threatening too - we thought of how the use of technology in so many things may also cause low employment in the future.

      I am sure that with this AI thing, HR will be eased of some work load. That is good for the HR peeps. Until new technology is created and more manual tasks are eliminated each time. Would a company still need the same number of people to be working in HR then?

      -or maybe i'm just watching too many netflix series ​​​​​​​

    • Gerhard
      Gerhard commented
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      Linkedin sometimes is a sham. Especially with those needy recruiters who just want to fill in their quotas.

  • #3
    Wow I had no idea my resume / CV was being scanned for keywords. From my reading I appears that this pre-screening process is becoming more common then I realized. It separates those who go onto the further stages of shortlisting. I guess using certain buzz words which are industry lingo so to speak are more important in ensuring that the resume gets pick up by the software scanning job applications which are of course all submitted in the format of PDF or Word formatted documents or forms which are completed online. The robots are slowly taking over hahahahah even in the recruitment world.


    • kdy
      kdy commented
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      Hmmm. this is very interesting. It seems that to have better chances to land an interview or a job, we have to create a resume/CV the same way as articles or websites are made so they can land on the top list of google. I guess this makes recruitment pooling faster.

  • #4
    Technology is ever-evolving. It does not come as a surprise to know that recruiters are now using AI for screening candidates. Keywords are important if you want your resume to land on the right table. However, don't incline too much on the use of keywords on your resume. It is still important to be honest and highlight your experiences that are closely related to the job you are vying for.

    According to this article from The Enterprisers Project, if these new technologies don't quite work well for you, do not hesitate to go back to the traditional, tried and tested tactics. Just because these new technologies don't work for you does not mean there is something wrong about you. This is something you should consider as it may affect your confidence and morale.
    Before you can get in the door to interview for a new job, you must get past the AI tools that screen candidate resumes. Experts share seven do's and don'ts for AI-proofing your resume.


    • #5
      While going mainstream is attractive, it is not always right nor timely. It would be generous to say that business recruiting today are mere lab rats for this AI recruiting. Getting invites when there isn't even an interest to be invited sounds like an oxymoron. Really? where is the intelligence in 'artificial intelligence' when it goes on a fishing expedition? Why You Can’t Trust AI to Make Unbiased Hiring Decisions ( explains how "..all these so-called bias-busting HR tools rely on blind faith — a trust that the companies behind them have not only good intentions for increasing equality, but also the ability to actually do so."

      And don't get me started on digital privacy and data mining!

      The algorithm only learns as much from its creators and as such will only be as creative as the developer/s who 'fed the beast' until such time as a true-AI comes around. When that ' true AI' does come, do you really think we all still need to be recruited let alone work? I think not.


      • #6
        Using AI in hiring process is ideal, especially if you're a hiring manager and you'd like to lessen your work load sorting through piles of applications. Realistically though, it won't guarantee the best candidate if we were to minimize the "human factor". I used to receive interview invites for jobs I am not interested in, or even qualified for. Imagine how disastrous that can be if people get invited to companies that don't match their interest and potentials. Artificial Intelligence, no matter how advance they can be, are only as good as the person using them. With getting emails and calls, digital privacy is also a concern.

        Although this is a clear display of modern advancement, AI can not feel out the candidates' persona and potential. Quoting from the article 10 Downsides Of Using Artificial Intelligence, "Human judgment must always remain at the helm no matter how sophisticated our AI platforms become." Here is the link for the full article.


        • #7
          AI is certainly a great help in reducing the workload and the time needed in hiring. I have a very close friend who works as a recruiter. A few years back, they were still implementing the traditional way of hiring and she kept blabbing about the time and effort they gave out just to find out that the best profile for the role has already found another job. It took them such a long time to invite that candidate for an interview. Now, with the use of Artificial Intelligence-driven systems, they were able to filter out hundreds of profiles in just a few click.

          Unilever is one of the companies that effectively use AI together with other recruitment tools. They confirmed that they are saving almost 1 million dollars of recruitment costs yearly. The article can be accessed through this link:

          But in my opinion, it will never be enough to rely everything in AI. Though human judgement may be prone to bias, I believe that hiring managers have specialised in the recruitment field and have developed an expertise in identifying whether the applicant is the best fit for the job and the culture of the company.


          • #8

            The usage of Artificial Intelligence in the Recruitment process may actually be a precursor to a demand surge for a combination of psychological, psychometrical, and programming fields into one. Perhaps, an awareness of psychology or its more testing-bound application, psychometry, will be used as a means to convert "reading" or assessment habits into the AI mechanic leading to empathetic, psychoanalytic artificial intelligence. It may actually be already a developing career plan as an attempt of AI developers to provide AI more human traits, except faster processes without genuine emotions.

            I guess we can only accept the developments that are en route and study how to steer through this and maximize what we have, and know what we're still yet to obtain.


            • Indelible_Mark
              Indelible_Mark commented
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              If you are saying AI in Recruiting is inevitable then I must agree..and it began less than a decade ago it would seem. A confluence of cheaper data storage, faster processing, and growing fascination with big data is behind this tidal wave that is disrupting this all too important process. Can you imagine a literal constellation of programming surrounds your daily selections? It's more math on behaviors though...

              Forbes accurately presents a finance horizon that can predict performance like nothing we can imagine just yet!

          • #9
   in 2019 called for a 'balance' between human and ai. What is this balance? Making the mistakes that give one a 'break' while taking the risk of losing that 'diamond in the rough' (Yeah..Aladdin and the cave of wonders!)

            Resumes in the thousands will be sifted and funneled into pass or fail electronic bins --where is the human who flicks the switches only to fill the gaps in a pooling quest?

            Would it be fair to say that hiring and recruiting is also a 'market' of sorts? The better the applicant pool, the higher recruiting standards, AND the better-recruiting practices (will that include AI?).


            • #10
              Use of AI in recruitment or measuring a candidates skills, experience, eligibility, etc... may sound advanced and next-generation that outpaces the traditional methods but to much reliances of machines to do the jobs that an individual can can remove the human factor.

              Although helpful in processing countless of applicants a company receives such as call centers or BPO's, geniune professional or personality traits are lost when mindless machines only look for the programmed results after each applicant.

              Pros with AI is it weeds out unqualified individuals and saves precious time while the cons is that it judges one without benefit of the doubt because of preset parameters plus the absence of the human touch.

              There is no questions of jobs for almost everyone, it is the needed skills or desire to learn and adapt to meet criterias rather than waste time that has given rise to automation of job seeking.


              • stan
                stan commented
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                I agree with Gerhard. I weeds out the undesirable applicants at minimal cost making the recruitment process more efficient. In the process I am sure some good applicants slip through the net though. I guess with time AI will become further refined.

              • Gerhard
                Gerhard commented
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                AI's are good to use during these times when people have lost their jobs and they apply to any position open in the jobs market. AI can weed out for the first stage of applicants then leave the final stages to humans who have compassion and not logic driven like machines.

            • #11
              I can't help but think the robots are slowly taking over! 🤓


              • JerryYan
                JerryYan commented
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                More like Artificial Intelligence is taking over 'some' of the repetitive, mostly boring probably, tasks in recruiting like you guessed it..reading!
                I for one will not trust code 100% to find the 'best hire' for me.

                Staying highly-adaptable and innovative with your job can keep the AI away but not for long.

                Next is to learn how to create AI. THEN your job is safe..for now.

            • #12
              Sharing this very nice infographic on the Future of Hiring


              • #13
                Sharing this nice infographic on job hunting --includes this nicely done section on recruiter practices!


                • #14
                  AI in recruitment definitely has it's pros and cons. I am not in any way adept in the HR world so I don't really know. However, as a personal preference, I will still choose humans over AI. I am more comfortable talking to a real human rather than a chatbot, perhaps.

                  This article is a nice read. It lists the pros and cons of AI in recruitment. You might want to check it out here:
                  AI in recruitment has the potential to positively impact a number of tasks. It can automate candidate sourcing and discovery.