In recent years, the hiring process has begun to undergo a restructuring of sorts. The application of artificial intelligence (AI) has been implemented in ways that help streamline the hiring process, choose the right candidates for the job and take the bias out of the picture. There are still human factors to contend with, but AI is making it easier for recruiters to find the right person who will fill the role the best. Let’s talk about some ways AI can help you in the hiring process.
Before AI came into play, recruiters in HR departments could spend hours pouring over resumes. If you’ve had to make hiring decisions before, you understand that this is a tedious task & in the long run, can lead to mistakes. If a company is hiring in bulk, resumes may only be looked at for a matter of seconds. AI eliminates this by pre-screening potential candidates by looking at their skills, experience and other provided material. It allows those with the best qualifications for the job to become noticed.
Bias plays a major role in the hiring process, whether the recruiter knows it or not. It can come in many forms, such as a confirmation bias, where a pre-formed opinion alters the interview in a way that confirms the judgements of the interviewer; a bias based on race, sex or gender; or even one based on comparing candidates to each other rather than their qualifications. The Unconscious Bias article goes into great depth and explains why AI works better in this area than humans.
When it comes to advertising jobs, AI can really shine through. Using it can cut cost on each application and improve the messaging. You can do this by pointing out what the culture is like in your company and using your employees’ experience to help the candidate see what they are getting into. It turns into a branded advertisement for those looking for those specific needs, having great applicants apply and keeping it unbiased at the same time.
This leads to the next point of applicant tracking. Using a tracking system keeps things organized for you. These Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) keep tabs on all applications from the very start to the end of the hiring process. This gives you time to work with others in the hiring process and collaborate on the next steps.
Onboarding involves many costs and becomes time-consuming. Automated HR helps save you time on the task given to a program, which also saves on cost. Tracking the right quota’s is another area where AI can give you a break.
On the other end is offboarding. The termination of any employee is never a comfortable task, but it can be easier with automation. The use of AI in this situation would be able to get the employee off the payroll relatively quick, along with their benefits.
Matters that can be automated or tracked help drive down bias in the hiring process and will provide you with a better pool of candidates that fit the role. This is not to say that AI will replace human interaction with recruitment. It will simply help you make your job easier so you can focus on a more important task. A benefit of this is that you will have a work environment that is highly professional and diverse with employees who have relevant skills in the right area. In both the short and long run, driving out human bias will only benefit you and your company.