AI is Transforming Recruitment and Hiring

AI is Transforming Recruitment and Hiring

June 21, 2017

2 Min Read

The HR technology landscape has been transformed in just a few short years. From advances in ATS software to the emergence of cloud-based systems and gamification-influenced platforms, hiring is one of the most explosive spaces for innovation.

Artificial intelligence is the most recent trend to appear in HR tech and the most promising. AI Business has highlighted the areas where improvement will be seen.

1.  Better job descriptions

Firstly, the machine learning components of AI can help HR managers draft better job descriptions. While 72% of hiring managers think they provide clear job descriptions, according to research by Allegis, only 36% of candidates agree. Machine learning technologies can help flag terms that might project a culture that is unfriendly to certain people. By ensuring that the language in a job description is inclusive, hiring teams can be sure that they aren’t discouraging qualified applicants from applying.

2.  Streamlining the resume review process

Studies have shown that people spend between 6 and 10 seconds reviewing each resume before making a decision. This only allows enough time to do pattern matching on checking less important details from school backgrounds, hobbies, genders, and ethnicity that can be assumed based on a name. These aspects of an application aren’t as important as the candidate’s experience, their track record of success, or their proven ability to handle challenges. The adoption of AI will help to streamline only the most relevant material and sideline the rest.

3.  AI can help structure an interview

Instead of relying on “gut instincts” during the interview process, AI technologies can help suggest interview questions that operationalize 21st-century talent acquisition best practices so interviewers can really get a sense of the candidate’s actual abilities. Not only do these structured interviews provide a better experience for the HR team and the candidate alike, they have also been shown to be more predictive of how well a candidate will do in a job if they are hired.

4.  Algorithms are better at hiring

Research shows that algorithms can outperform humans in hiring the best candidate by ignoring inconsequential information like the strength of a handshake and prioritizing the most relevant material. Ultimately this means that AI can reduce the potential for bias in resume screening and will help managers to focus on only what is truly important when it comes to deciding who gets an interview.


AI has huge potential to improve recruiting practices, streamline decision-making, and match the best candidates with the right positions. HR needs more than just a good recruiting process to consistently build great teams and AI support can guide recruiters and hiring managers to make data-driven, effective choices that will yield greater results. In today’s competitive economy, that’s a benefit no company can afford to ignore.

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