Will AI Create a Golden Age of Sourcing? Part II

A look at AI's impact on talent sourcing and work efficiency.

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Jul 4, 2023
This article is part of a series called Will AI Create a Golden Age of Sourcing?.

What’re The Impacts of AI on Talent Sourcing?

The impacts of AI on talent sourcing could be seismic. As we’ve discussed, AI technologies have significantly improved the efficiency and accuracy of identifying suitable candidates for roles. AI has made sourcing faster, more comprehensive.

Faster, because algorithms can scan through thousands of resumes or online profiles in seconds, something that would take a human hours if not days. More comprehensive, because AI tools can aggregate data from a multitude of online sources — job boards, social media, corporate databases, and more. 

But with great power comes great responsibility, and there’s potential for misuse. The dark, nefarious factors, as you put it, can arise in a couple of ways.

There’s the risk of privacy invasion. While AI tools can gather publicly available data, there’s a fine line between thorough research and invasive snooping. Legal and ethical considerations around data collection and use are paramount.

Also, there’s the risk of algorithmic bias. While AI has the potential to reduce bias, it can also reinforce it if the data it’s trained on is biased. An algorithm is only as unbiased as the data it’s fed, and if that data reflects societal or corporate biases, the AI will mimic them.

As for creating more losers than winners, it’s a complex issue. Certainly, for those who adapt and evolve with the AI revolution, there are immense benefits. But for those who resist, ignore, or lack access to these tools, they could find themselves at a disadvantage.

However, it’s important to note that the role of AI should be to augment human capabilities, not replace them. Human judgment, intuition, and the ability to relate on a personal level are critical in recruitment and can’t be replicated by machines.

Regarding the impact on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) search techniques, AI could revolutionize this field. Machine learning algorithms can sift through and make sense of the vast quantities of open-source data more quickly and accurately than humans ever could. They can identify patterns, connections, and insights that would be almost impossible to spot manually.

In recruitment, this could translate into more effective identification of potential candidates and a deeper understanding of their skills, experience, and fit for a job role. However, as with all AI applications, the use of OSINT should be balanced with respect for privacy, data protection regulations, and ethical considerations.

Do We Want More Speed?

In the past, the process of talent sourcing was incredibly time-consuming and labor-intensive. Recruiters had to manually sift through stacks of resumes, cross-reference with job requirements, and then initiate the process of engagement with potential candidates. The procedure was slow, and the chances of missing a perfect candidate were high. But with AI, the whole game has changed.

There’s the need for speed. AI technologies can process huge volumes of data far quicker than a human ever could. This is particularly true when it comes to reviewing resumes or applications and matching candidates to job descriptions. Algorithms can scan through thousands of resumes in seconds and highlight the most relevant ones based on predetermined criteria such as skills, experience, qualifications, and more. This reduces the time-to-hire, which is a crucial factor in a competitive job market where top talent often gets snapped up quickly.

Does speed equal efficiency?

I conjecture that AI not only speeds up the process but also makes it more efficient. By automating many of the repetitive and mundane tasks in the recruitment process, AI allows recruiters to focus on more strategic and high-value tasks. For example, AI can automate initial candidate screenings, schedule interviews, and even handle certain parts of communication with candidates. This means recruiters can spend more time on interviewing, relationship-building, and decision-making – areas where human judgment and interaction are vital.

Furthermore, AI tools can deliver predictive analytics, giving recruiters insights into which candidates are most likely to be successful, reducing the risk of a bad hire. Machine learning algorithms can analyze past recruitment processes and successful hires to identify patterns and use these to predict future outcomes.

However, while AI tools can significantly increase speed and efficiency, they are not a replacement for human touch, judgment, and intuition in the recruitment process. They are best seen as tools that can enhance and augment human capabilities.

Like a high-performance car, AI can get you to your destination faster and more efficiently, but you still need a skilled driver behind the wheel. In recruitment, that skilled driver is the human recruiter.

Does AI Make the World A Smaller Place?

Absolutely! Artificial intelligence has played a significant role in enabling recruiters to break through geographical boundaries and source talent from literally anywhere in the world. Here’s how:

Traditionally, recruiters were limited to their local or regional talent pool, mainly due to logistical constraints. But AI technologies have dissolved these geographical barriers. AI-driven platforms can now scour databases from around the world in minutes, opening up a global talent pool that was previously difficult to access. Whether the candidate is in Sydney, San Francisco, or Singapore, if they’re a match for the job, the AI can find them. Just try using something like PeopleGPT to see how this works at scale.

One thing that I love about AI tools are the advanced matching algorithms. AI-powered matching algorithms can efficiently match job requirements with potential candidates regardless of their location. These algorithms can analyze a wide range of factors such as skills, experience, cultural fit, and more, making it easier to find the perfect match anywhere in the world.

AI also helps to manage communication with candidates in different time zones. Automated emails or messages can be scheduled and sent at appropriate times, ensuring efficient and timely communication, and this is something that can be used in a standard Gmail or Outlook account.

While AI has made it possible to source talent globally, it’s important to note that recruiting from different countries may bring additional challenges such as visa issues, cultural differences, and legal considerations. But, with the right strategy and tools, AI has made global talent sourcing more accessible and efficient than ever before.

In Part III, we will wrap up the series with how this impacts social talent sourcing, the bias in AI systems and a look at what the future holds.

This article is part of a series called Will AI Create a Golden Age of Sourcing?.