For a few fortunate job candidates and employers, the right match comes easy. For many others, sealing an opportunity for new employment or filling a vacant position is not. There are plenty of stories of job seekers searching months, or even over a year to find new employment. And for employers, there are those who have gone through interviewing dozens of candidates who simply aren’t the right match for the job. All of this is lost time and money, but artificial intelligence (AI) may help to change that.
While software like Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and some use of AI is already part of the everyday processes in HR and recruiting, helping to sift through general data, evaluating applicants to pinpoint the eligible candidates, answering common questions through automated emails, and scheduling meetings, there is a larger role for AI in the future, according to some recent reports.
AI technology is allowing for digital recruitment to occur. Now, there are AI recruiters who take over some of the interview processes. Instead of a human screening you over the telephone or conducting the interview, you now have technology that is conducting the interview via chat, email, and video. The goal is that it helps narrow it down to the right candidate for the job, ensuring the person who walks in for the actual job interview with the hiring manager or supervisor is ultimately also the one that’s the right fit and is offered the job.
As a job seeker, you’ve previously been advised that a big part of the screening and interview process is about having positive human interaction, but now that AI technology might be taking on a larger role in the HR process, there are new things to consider as you’re screened and interviewed:
- Be mindful of your grammar, spelling and punctuation
This is about your career, and even though today’s technology may have you screened or interviewed via chat or email, the way you communicate should remain professional. Do not use shorthand in your writing.
- Check your background
When you have a video interview, check your background and dress appropriately. Just because this is not an in-person interview and it may be technology that is conducting the process, dress appropriately and check your background for inappropriate messages or a poor impression you may be leaving the employer. For more tips on how to prepare for a video interview, click here.
- Keep your answers succinct
Anytime there is a video interview where technology has taken over the process, you want to keep your answers to questions succinct and to-the-point. Each question will likely have a time limit for which you may answer.
- Stick to the facts
Previously, job seekers were advised to build a connection with the interviewer to form a stronger bond. Well, that’s not how it works with AI technology taking over the interview process. What it’s looking for is fact that informs who you are and what you’re capable of. In many ways, it’s also helping to remove unconscious bias that may happen when you have a human interviewer.
Where AI will ultimately take us as far as recruitment goes is not entirely clear, but signs are apparent that it will likely be influencing the process even more in the future. As a job seeker, it’s critical to be ready and to know how to market yourself on the resume (read: “Applicant Tracking Systems: What’s Changed and How Does It Impact Resume Writing”) and during the interview.
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