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  • Writer's pictureKeith Stewart

AI and the Job Search/Hiring Process



All the buzz as of late in the job search and hiring environment has to do with AI. Artificial Intelligence has been around for quite some time, however its recent mass availability and ease of use has taken this technology and rapidly infused it into daily use, perhaps no more ingrained than in the job search process.

 

Job seekers and candidates alike have been facing AI for the better part of the past 2 decades, often in the form of facing an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) when submitting resumes, and in job match algorithms when searching for jobs online. We’re seeing growing evidence of ATS kicking out fully qualified candidates due to poor AI logic, and AI generated job postings for jobs that don’t actually exist. I recently heard about an interview where a candidate logged on to an interview only to find out it wasn’t with a person, but an AI generated screen face with blinking eyes and mouth that asked questions and was able to fully interview the candidate! Side note: the candidate stated it was incredibly alarming and weird, and left a foul image of the employer in their mind that if they couldn’t spare a human to do the interview, how would working there be?

 

On the employer side, fully AI generated resumes and cover letters are flooding the desks of hiring managers and HR teams. This is leading to seemingly well fit candidates that are not truly qualified or experienced for what their resume states. I even heard that recently a HR manager received a too well written thank you letter following an interview, and when checking with Chat-GPT, the thank you letter was taken verbatim from AI! Crazy.

 

The point of all this is: 1.) be aware that AI has infiltrated the job search and hiring process very deeply; and 2.) be original and limit your use of AI when dealing directly with people. At least, that’s my 2 cents!

 


Best of Luck, and Happy Hunting!

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