AI has revolutionized candidate engagement in recruitment. With chatbots like ChatGPT becoming more advanced every day, it’s possible to have a personal, yet methodical, wise, and confident recruitment wizard at your fingertips.
While ChatBots have come a long way, there’s still some debate whether they are useful or not. Some may argue that they are perfect for generating content even in marketing and design. But some think that they lack human understanding. AI-generated content doesn’t simply connect the same way human-created content does.
So how can staffing agencies make the most of this development? Whether AI will be useful depends on how you use them. After all, they are tools recruiters should utilize—not yet a full-sized android.
What are Chatbots and How Do They Work?
A Chatbot is a computer program that can talk to people and assist them. It acts like a virtual assistant that mimics human intelligence by connecting with websites, messaging platforms, and apps. They learn, comprehend, perceive, and interact just like us. They are now becoming increasingly popular across various industries, including the staffing industry.
Imagine having a robot sidekick to help with your recruiting tasks. That’s what recruiting chatbots are. They’re like your personal AI-powered assistant that makes jobs easier and more efficient.
The Use of Chatbots in Staffing and Recruitment
Recruiters often receive numerous responses from job applicants through multiple platforms such as email, social media, job boards, and LinkedIn. With so many candidates to keep track of, it can be challenging for recruiters to stay on top of all their messages and respond to every one promptly.
This is where recruitment chatbots come in as they provide 24/7 support, reducing the need for human intervention.
These AI-powered assistants gather information from various sources and compile it into a single database within the applicant tracking system (ATS), making it easier for recruiters to manage their candidate pool.¹
Are chatbots work the hype?
Hiring’s a drag, isn’t it? On average, it takes a full 36 days just to fill one position—and that’s a lot of time for recruiters to be cold calling, collecting resumes, and sifting through mountains of data.
Enter AI chatbots for recruitment. These sassy little robots can save you up to three times the time and effort, all while keeping all your information organized in one place. With their wise, confident, and personal approach, these chatbots are like a breath of fresh air in the stale world of hiring.
Chatbots seem like a perfect solution to hiring woes. However, even tech giant Amazon discontinued the use of AI in their hiring process after discovering that it was biased toward women.² Despite being created to reduce bias and discrimination in the workplace, these recruitment chatbots are still created by humans and may not always function flawlessly.
Bias in AI hiring tools, also known as “data bias”, can arise if the chatbots are not programmed correctly. Negative impressions can form when the chatbots become unresponsive and provide irrelevant information, leading to candidate dropouts and harming the company’s brand.
It’s no secret that millennials spend the majority of their time online. On a typical day, a millennial spends a whopping 8 hours surfing the web, with a whopping 73 percent of that time spent texting and chatting away.
With recruitment chatbots becoming increasingly popular, Gen Z is jumping on the bandwagon. These tech-savvy candidates may likely prefer communicating through messaging rather than traditional methods.³
Recruitment chatbots make it easy for recruiters to gather important information like a candidate’s name, date of birth, qualifications, and location. Plus, chatbots can help candidates upload their resumes and answer pre-screening and screening questions about their skills and experience.
Lack of Human Touch—NAY!
AI-powered chatbots are built through machine learning and natural language processing algorithms. They respond based on the input data they receive. It’s important to be mindful that, despite their reputation for being intuitive, some chatbots may not be able to recognize crucial human traits such as cultural fit and work ethics.
It is crucial to take the necessary steps to prevent data bias and ensure the design of chatbots can recognize human qualities in candidates. Recruiters must also stay vigilant and regularly monitor chatbots to make sure they are functioning optimally and not causing any harm to their brand.
By doing so, you can effectively utilize chatbots to streamline the hiring process and attract top talent without any negative consequences. There’s good in both worlds so be sure to make the most of it by unifying AI and humans in your processes.
The Multi-Level Magic of Chatbots—YAY!
There’s more! Recruitment chatbots aren’t just about enhancing the candidate experience, they’re also changing the game when it comes to hiring practices. They bring the convenience of quick and concise conversations to the table.
No more getting lost in lengthy emails—recruitment chatbots can get straight to the point and have smart interactions with candidates.
These AI-powered machines are continuously honed through Natural Language Processing techniques, allowing them to have contextually relevant conversations at all times. From answering FAQs to streamlining data with ATS, Chatbots can aid recruiters at any stage of the recruitment process.
The Future of Chatbots in the Staffing Industry
With chatbots becoming more and more popular, you must be asking one thing—Will AI replace recruiters?
Chatbots have been the topic of discussion in various industries, with the recruitment sector being one of the pioneers in adopting this technology. This puts recruiters on their toes about whether Chatbots will take over their jobs.
The conversation has revolved around the pros and cons of using chatbots in staffing and how they can impact the recruitment process. On one hand, chatbots offer a fast and efficient way to communicate with candidates and manage information. They have been shown to reduce the time spent by recruiters on administrative tasks and improve the candidate experience.
For example, 62 percent of 1,068 respondents in Tidio’s research indicated that recruitment AI tools will replace some parts of the hiring process such as; creating job postings, searching for qualified candidates across different media platforms, and screening numerous candidates’ applications.⁴
On the other hand, chatbots are not capable of handling complex tasks and may not be able to understand the nuances of human interactions. According to Tidio, around 44 percent of respondents said they can trust AI technology to determine if they’re hired for a job position, as long as human recruiters guide the process.
Overall, chatbots can be a valuable addition to the recruitment process, but their effectiveness depends on the context and how they are used. Recruiters need to strike a balance between the convenience and efficiency that chatbots offer and the need for human interaction and personalization in the recruitment process.
The key is to use chatbots as an aid to recruiters rather than a replacement, to ensure that the best possible outcomes are achieved.
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- “Chatbots for Recruitment: Biases & Benefits | ATS & WFM.” CEIPAL, https://www.ceipal.com/chatbots-for-recruitment-biases-benefits/. Accessed 6 February 2023.
- Dastin, Jeffrey. “Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-jobs-automation-insight/amazon-scraps-secret-ai-recruiting-tool-that-showed-bias-against-women-idUSKCN1MK08G. Published last October 11, 2018. Accessed 6 February 2023.
- Vuleta, Branka, and Ana Gajić. “Generation Z Statistics”. https://99firms.com/blog/generation-z-statistics/#gref. Published last January 2022. Accessed 6 February 2023.
- Stefanowicz, Beata. “AI Recruitment Statistics: What Is the Future of Hiring?”. https://www.tidio.com/blog/ai-recruitment/. Updated January 5, 2023. Accessed 6 February 2023.