Recruiting is being transformed by technology. It wasn’t that long ago that finding a candidate for a client’s job order involved placing advertisements in newspapers and industry magazines. Technology has changed the face of the industry forever – you have to be mobile, social, and on top of these advances. Social networking, apps, and analytics has made recruiting a more efficient process, but we might be seeing technology take even more of a role in finding the perfect candidate for a role, using algorithms – or a piece of software that uses data, skills testing, and intelligence related to a particular industry or niche to match the best candidate to a role.
According to ERE Media, HiringSolved will soon unveil what it considers “Siri for recruiting,” an artificial intelligence assistant for recruiters. His name will be RAI, pronounced like the name Ray, and standing for “Recruiting Artificial Intelligence.”
HiringSolved has been working on the technology for five years — around as long as Siri has been around. For those not familiar, Siri, part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, watchOS, and tvOS operating systems, is a virtual assistant with a voice-controlled natural language interface. You can ask her questions such as “what’s the best sushi place in town?” or ask her to set reminders, schedule dates, find directions or make calls.
HiringSolved has been working on their technology for five years, and it has a similar mission — you’d ask RAI recruiting questions like: “Find me 5 sales executives with experience in the pharmaceutical industry” or “what is the most common previous title of a software engineer?” RAI might ask you to be more specific – Web Development? Mobile Development? DevOps?
This confirms that the technology isn’t meant to replace the human sourcer in the process – a recruiter’s expertise is still needed to guide and give the data to get the correct result. But if it works, the software could be a total game-changer in the recruiting world, saving a recruiter’s time, and saving their client money from lengthy searches. But the question remains whether the technology will delivery the same quality that a human recruiter would get when doing a search.
According to ERE Media, HiringSolved will have about 100 early adopters of the technology, and plans on giving a demonstration at this fall’s SourceCon event. The technology will need to be refined, and it may be a year or more until it’s ready for sale.
Until the testing and demonstration stages are finished, and the RAI tool has been tested and proved accurate and reliable, recruiters will have to do the leg work themselves, the “old fashioned” way, through social media, networking, emails, and cold-calls. Do you think artificial intelligence — or a recruiting robot — would be a benefit to the recruiting industry?