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How AI will impact recruitment

Eden Scott
The robots are taking over! Everyone from marketers to software developers is concerned about being replaced by AI - and if you work in recruitment, your job is next. 

Or at least, that’s what some commentators would have you believe. 

It’s true that AI is rapidly changing the way people do their work - and that includes recruitment. But AI also represents some exciting developments for the industry.

Here’s how AI might disrupt the recruitment industry very soon.


We’re already using AI 

Although ‘artificial intelligence’ sounds pretty intimidating, before we get too concerned, we should note that most of us are already using AI as part of the recruitment process. 

CV screening technology, candidate matching software, and even the autocomplete function on your emails all use AI. 

So, we can think of the latest AI developments as less of a novelty and more of a progression on something we’re already familiar with.

AI can help us save time 

One of the key impacts of using AI in recruitment will be enhanced efficiency. Think of those routine, repetitive tasks that are currently unavoidable. These are the prime candidates for AI replacement. 

For example, Humanly uses AI to automate tasks that usually require frequent interaction with a prospective hire, such as screening, reference checking and sending reminders.

AI can help us find better candidates

Finding prospects has to be one of the most time-consuming elements of the recruitment process. And with good reason - as recruitment and HR specialists, we are responsible for finding people with the right qualifications, experience and temperament for set roles. 

AI software like Findem enhances this process from the very start, by using your criteria to refine your search. While recruitment professionals are still essential to the hiring process, software like this can make our work more efficient, so that we can speed up the recruitment process and focus on nurturing viable leads.

AI can help us reduce bias 

We all know the importance of a diverse workforce (here’s a reminder, just in case). And while good recruitment firms provide training to reduce the risk of personal biases impacting their decision-making, it’s impossible to entirely eliminate the impact of implicit bias. 

Video interview software like myInterview can help to reduce bias by using AI to assess the candidate on objective role criteria including soft skills and personality. 

Final thoughts - The future of AI in recruitment 

The recruitment industry will undoubtedly be changed by AI - probably in ways that right now we can’t even anticipate.

We’ll give the last word to Eden Scott CEO, Michelle Lownie, who explains: “We shouldn’t shy away from using AI in the recruitment industry. Applied correctly, AI can help us to make better, faster decisions, leading to even better candidate selection.”

Next steps 

Want support with finding the right candidate? Eden Scott uses forward-thinking techniques to find the best fit for your team. 

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