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Five ways AI will help your recruitment process

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Five ways AI will help your recruitment process
Caroline Gleeson
3 minute read
HR Technology & Analytics

In recent years AI has become a buzzword in recruitment, but there is a serious lack of clarity on how AI can actually support the hiring function. It’s a commonplace fear that AI is dehumanising the recruitment process.

Yet, when it comes to AI in recruitment the result is far from it. AI should be seen as an additional resource to the hiring team, supporting them in their goal to find and hire the best people. In fact, in most cases if used correctly, AI puts the ‘human’ side back into recruitment as it allows hiring managers to focus on the most important elements of the hiring process.

With the rise of remote hiring and a surplus of candidates now on the market for certain roles, hiring teams need to find a way to effectively and efficiently modernise the recruitment process. Read our blog below and learn how to greatly improve your recruitment process using AI.

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1. Reduce screening time & review quality quickly

One of the most common issues in recruitment today is managing applicant volume. Determining the quality of a candidate among a high volume of applicants is extremely time-intensive. AI powered CV screening can rank and present the most suitable candidates, allowing you to make quick decisions and begin shortlisting the candidates that best meet your criteria.

Important to note is that most AI screening tools only score the candidates based on the criteria you set out, so what you put out is what you will get. It’s also important to know that AI screening tools work by word association and not by keyword matching, this means that if you have a job description for a Software Developer but the candidate’s CV has the word Software Engineer, the candidate will still receive a score. Similarly, the scoring is not based on word volume, just because the CV has the same word over and over again does not result in a high score.

A common myth about AI screening is that the AI deletes any CVs that don’t meet the criteria. This is not the case for the majority of AI screening tools. The control is still in your hands, all that has changed is the order of how the candidates are listed. 

2. Improve team collaboration

Artificial Intelligence, Bots and Virtual Assistants are great tools to assist with team collaboration. Due to the increased distributed nature of modern workforces AI-driven tools can significantly help with connecting teams in ways that just are not possible in person. For example, providing contextual insight in a large virtual meeting. Another example is digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Enterprise-grade assistants with conversational AI capabilities can make many tasks a zero-touch experience, so you can join a meeting, call a contact or start a recording with just your voice. 

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3. Reduce cost-to-hire

AI-powered functionality can give you the tools to source, screen and hire the best candidates effectively, reducing your reliance on expensive outsourced providers and cutting down on the overall time to hire.  

Additionally, AI-driven hiring metrics and recruitment marketing technology provides you with data insights on channel based analytics and provides recommendations for spend and targeting for future recruitment. These capabilities will allow you to learn from your hiring success (and failures!) and make informed decisions, accessing the best candidates on the most effective channels. 

4. Improve the candidate experience

AI led digital interview tools like video interviewing can be an ideal first step to help you identify suitable candidates. These tools not only save your time but also the candidates time as they can complete the interview irrespective of location. These tools can also analyse body language, eye contact and other subtleties that can be important for your screening process, improving time-to hire and hiring experience for business and candidate alike. 

Another AI-driven tool aiding candidate experience is placing a chatbot on your careers page. Letting candidates actively ask questions and communicate in the early stages of the hiring process increases not only clarity on job requirements/expectations but also results in more positive engagement and buy-in from the candidate. 


5. Increase employee retention in 2020

Your retention policy should begin with your recruitment strategy. Investing in AI-powered hiring tools will help you to create a more effective and seamless recruitment process for all involved. AI and other automation technology is very significant to recruitment as it reduces the amount of time spent on administration and allows you to focus on the human side of recruitment, spending time with the candidates to identify the best fit for your business as well as gaining time back to focus on vital retention strategies, such a culture, wellness and L&D.

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What is Occupop?

Occupop is a powerful hiring tool that connects people, creating strong teams and builds long-lasting relationships. Our dynamic features puts the power in your hands, allowing you to easily engage with the best candidates and manage the entire process on one smart recruitment solution. Check out how it works here.

Summary Points

AI should be seen as an additional resource to the hiring team, supporting them in their goal to find and hire the best people. In fact, in most cases, if used correctly, AI puts the ‘human’ side back into recruitment. Here are some of the ways it will help:

  1. Reducing screening time & review top talent quickly
  2. Improve team collaboration
  3. Lower your cost-to-hire
  4. Improve the candidate experience
  5. Increase your employee retention rates
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