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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

4 Techniques to Decrease Age Discrimination During Recruiting

With recent accusations against Intel and IBM and a new lawsuit alleging companies used Facebook ads to screen out older job seekers, age discrimination in hiring is making headlines.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines age discrimination as “treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age.” In the U.S., the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older.

According to Dice’s 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Report, a depressing 76% of respondents believe ageism exists in technology.

Research has shown that age discrimination at the screening phase does exist. Continue reading

Using AI For Recruitment: HR Reporter Video

With AI’s growing adoption, recruiters are enjoying the clear benefits of the increased efficiency provided by intelligent automation.

However, AI continues to capture the attention of recruiting professionals for another major reason: according to LinkedIn’s Recruiting Trends 2018, 43% believe it removes human bias.

In a new interview with Canadian HR Reporter, watch Ideal’s data scientist, Ji-A Min, explain how AI technology like Ideal can be used to reduce unconscious bias and improve workplace diversity.

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How To improve Your Candidate Communication

Anyone in talent acquisition understands that applicants want to be communicated with.

The stats on this are everywhere:

CareerBuilder found 84% of applicants expect some type of email response early in the hiring process.

Software Advice found the top requests of job seekers were:

More communication Notification if passed over Timeline of hiring process Human contact after application Timeliness of replies

Unsurprisingly, 4 of the top 5 aspects that candidates want improved involve better communication.

So why don’t we communicate better? Time.

We’re managing too many open requisitions and have too much on our plate and only a certain number of hours in the day. Continue reading

A Buyer’s Checklist For AI Recruiting Software

According to LinkedIn’s Recruiting Trends 2018, 67% of recruiters say AI helps them save time, 43% believe it removes human bias, and 31% say it delivers the best candidate matches.

So if you’re in talent acquisition, investing in AI seems like a smart move. But how do you decide which AI tool is right for you?

I break it down in our new 11-point buyer’s checklist on AI for recruiting software.

Section 1: Questions for your team

Your decision making process for buying AI for recruiting software starts with the questions you ask your team (and yourself).

A good starting point is asking yourself: what’s our biggest pain point? Continue reading

3 Essential Considerations When You Buy Recruitment Tech

Have you ever heard the term “shelf-ware?”

That’s when your company buys software but no one inside the company really uses it once it’s bought, so it sits on the shelf. Get it?

Shelf-ware is extremely costly to a company. Basically, buying something for a bunch of money, never adopting it, and likely renewing it at the end of the contract.

No one wants to throw money away. So how do you make sure that the software you invest in actually gets used and doesn’t become shelf-ware?

Here are three important factors to consider when you buy recruitment technology.

#1: Integrations with your current recruiting stack

Make sure whatever you are considering purchasing integrates with your existing workflows. Continue reading

How Recruiters Are Combining AI And Assessments To Find Talent

At its core, hiring is trying to predict the future: how do we predict which candidate will become a good employee? And how can we know who will be retained?

New approaches in talent prediction have emerged with the adoption of AI for recruiting to complement the predictive power of psychometric assessments.

Industry analysts agree that AI technology is a force multiplier for pre-hire assessments.

In our new video, Kathryn Christie, Director of Talent & Strategy at Self Management Group and I explain the intriguing way AI and assessments are being combined to help recruiters find better talent.

 

Integrating AI and assessments into your recruiting workflow looks like this: 

A candidate applies; their resume enters a company’s ATS. Continue reading

3 Best Practices For Conversational Recruiting

With the rise of chatbots, conversational recruiting has become the hottest strategy in talent acquisition.

A recent demonstration of Google’s Assistant scheduling a haircut blew people’s minds and hints at the intriguing future of what conversational recruiting could look like.

Conversational recruiting is defined as attracting, qualifying, and engaging candidates with real-time, continuous one-on-one messaging. These conversations are flexible and take place where candidates already are: on mobile, social media, and messaging apps.

Already common in sales and marketing, conversational commerce is the adoption of real-time messaging with people, brands, products, and services.

The technological advancement that enabled conversational commerce to happen was the merging artificial intelligence with everyday consumer interactions. Continue reading

Lessons From Current Events: 3 Recruiting Rules To Reduce Bias

If you’ve opened a newspaper, scrolled through your newsfeed on social media or turned on the TV lately, you’ve seen stories concerning racism, sexism, ageism and more in the workplace.

Discriminatory behaviors can damage your company’s reputation and possibly land your company in legal trouble. These biased practices are unfortunately found in recruiting. 

Here are three rules to remember when recruiting to protect yourself, your company and the candidates you interact with daily.

Rule 1: Ignore candidate demographic data on resumes

Starbucks recently came under examination for a couple different racial incidents. First, a store manager called police over two African American men citing trespassing as the offense. Continue reading

5 Recruiting Tasks You Shouldn’t Leave To The Robots

A new narrative rising to the top of everyday conversation includes a very real fear of robots taking over our jobs and maybe even the world. While there’s a lot of speculation going around, we can rest assured that robots taking over all of our jobs isn’t likely to happen.

If anything, robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are more likely to create new jobs while continuing to streamline and find more efficient ways of doing things. Do you remember when HR departments worried that applicant tracking systems (ATS) would eliminate recruiting jobs? That didn’t happen. ATSs only served to make recruiters more productive. Continue reading

6 Tips For Improving Communication Among Your Recruiting Team

Communication among recruiting teams can be a pretty messy situation. Ask 100 recruiters about their least favourite thing about their job. The answers would probably include:

    Poor or a lack of communication in the workplace Too much task work and top-of-funnel activities

We’ve already talked several times about reducing task work (e.g., automate the top of funnel activities), so let’s discuss communication.

There are two major issues around communication on teams:

    The caring aspect: Communication in the workplace drives everything — how can you know what to do if someone isn’t communicating it? — but it’s often viewed as a “soft skill.” As a result, many people ignore communication and focus on tasks or revenue-facing activities.
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