Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Recruitment

Recruitment – AI is here to stay; Upskilling is the Key!

With the introduction of AI, the role of recruitment has evolved from merely finding suitable talent. It now goes beyond finding the right candidate with AI empowering the recruiters to streamline the process. Artificial intelligence makes use of techniques like machine learning, natural language processing and sentiment analysis to learn and to even troubleshoot. Not only would AI automate the  screening process, it will also provide recommendations about an existing employee experience and skillsets by reducing unconscious bias during the hiring process.

The automated process is expected to reach out to passive candidates by putting forth the exact job requirements which will streamline the search process and save exhaustive hours. Matching the best talent with right job roles is a bigger challenge than sourcing them which AI can simplify.

AI will definitely improve the candidate experience as fifty eight percent of job seekers have negative impression about a company as they never hear back after applying for the job. AI chatbots look promising to improve the candidate experience.

Recruiters replaced?

Recruiters need not worry as automation of the recruitment process will allow recruiters to become more “human” which is necessary. The recruiters will be able to focus on their core competencies by engaging with a candidate on their needs and make an appropriate fit by leaving the exhaustive process of initial screening to chatbots or automation.

The recruitment process will always require a “human” element. The art of persuasion is critical to close an offer and the process would fail without it. No machine can replace the art of relationship building with the candidates which is imperative for getting the offers accepted and closed and ultimately moving the business forward. Emotional intelligence is mandatory and no machine can replace the complexities of human emotions and behavior.

Is India ready for AI recruitment?

While it is true that no machine can replace the “human” factor, it is also the fact that with increasing adoption of automation, labor-intensive jobs are expected to take a hit. While jobs are at stake due to the automation process, the good news is that a huge number of jobs are also getting created – Cyber Security, cloud, DevOps, Big Data and Machine Learning. According to research, only 2 percent of professionals have a PhD in AI-related technology, so there is definitely a shortage of talent to decode AI. The employees have to make themselves relevant and start bridging skill gaps to fit into this evolving industry of automation and AI.

“Based on a survey of 7,000 IT professionals from key metros, the report said that over 50 percent of IT professionals with work experience of 4-10 years have invested in courses and training programs to help them build new skills” – Economic Times.

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