You must’ve read it a thousand times by now. Every other article has the words “AI” and “blockchain.” It goes without saying that the technology is coming to change things. We should be seeing some big shake-ups in the recruiting industry in the next few years. But machines will not replace humans completely. Here is what we think is going to happen:

#1 Sourcing might become completely automated

  • Our prediction is that we will transition to rely on automation to find the best candidates. AI will be very helpful in finding the best candidates and making contact with them. There are two benefits to this. Obviously, this will be much faster than if a human sourced all these candidates individually. It will also be able to better identify those candidates by targeting their relevant skills, which would make the screening process a lot faster. 

#2 AI can start the conversation, but you have to take it from there

  • Finding the best candidates: check. Now AI can also help with contacting those potential candidates to check if they are interested in being considered for the position that the AI had identified as a potential good match with them. We don’t think AI can do much beyond that. It has facilitated the finding and reaching out phase of recruiting but beyond that it’s all on you — the humans. Obviously, this cuts a pretty sizable chunk of time that is spent by recruiters looking for potential candidates and reaching out to them. That is why AI will be very helpful.

#3 Data will become more and more important

  • Data is still king. AI will empower recruiters with more data so they can focus on a smaller niche group of candidates so they can better qualify them. AI will be very helpful in gathering data around the candidates. LinkedIn has predicted that AI might be even begin to look like programmatic advertising where it uses certain personal information to better target potential candidates.

#4 AI cannot identify character or cultural fit

  • AI will be very good at parsing through thousands of resumes in a matter of minutes and be able to pull the ones that have the right skills for the job. That makes the screening overhead a lot more speedy and a lot more effective. But it will probably not be able to identify if those candidates are a good fit for your company culture. AI will also likely miss interpersonal and communication skills.

The Bottom Line:

  • AI will probably help with diversity of company hires
  • AI will probably be very good for tech jobs
  • AI will miss a lot. It will not replace recruiters. It will just be very helpful in the first phases of hiring.