Artificial intelligence has changed the way we do everything. Order takers have been replaced with automated menu screens that allow you to customize your meal. The digital assistant on your smartphone allows you to get information, make calls, or send text messages hands-free. In the world of recruiting, bots can take over numerous routine tasks you need to perform in order to turn a candidate into a new hire.
Automation is changing the way that so many of us work, allowing us to get twice as much done in a single day. You have a lot of important things to do that need the time and attention that only a human can provide. There’s no need to waste time clicking through pages and pages of irrelevant information anymore – some things are best left to the robots.
1. Asking Questions and Compiling Data
That big long list of screening questions you need answers to takes up a large portion of your time with a candidate. You can get the same answers from a recruiting bot. The bot can take that information and compile it into an overview of the candidate, telling you where your hits and misses are. Educational background and qualifications aren’t the most exciting things to cover – the great thing about recruiting bots is that they don’t get bored.
2. Interview Planning
When a candidate meets interview criteria, your recruiting bot can set up that interview. If you keep a current digital calendar that lists your availability, your recruiting bot can share your availability with candidates who meet interview criteria, allowing them to schedule a timeslot that works for you. You will then get a notification that the recruitment bot has scheduled an interview. Combine that with the information the bot has extracted from the candidate, and you have everything you need to make a well-informed confirmation call.
3. Touching Base with Candidates
The follow up is important. Busy recruiters don’t always get to follow up in a timely manner. There are so many balls up in the air that it can be hard to catch them all before they fall. Leaving the first follow up to the bot makes things a lot easier. Sending reminders or generalized information out through the bot can provide candidates with what they need to set up another meeting with you, or to call you and provide you with additional details you may need.
4. Getting a Candidate Work Ready
After you’ve decided that a candidate would be a great fit, robotic recruitment tools can start the onboarding process. What do you need the candidate to bring? Are there virtual resources they can use to research their job responsibilities and the specifics of their position before they begin working? What about training materials and information about policies and company culture? Your recruitment bot can provide a fully inclusive welcome package for employees who are ready to start.
5. Freeing Up Your Time
Above all else, the main advantage of outsourcing tedious work to a recruitment bot is that you’re no longer personally responsible for that tedious work. Bots don’t need a break to sleep or eat – they can constantly screen candidates and help the cream rise to the top. All you need to do is review the information the bot has provided for you and take its suggestions, which will all come from your set specifications.
This frees you up to do anything and everything else. Focus on the equally important tasks which require creativity, such as writing great job descriptions for your next board post, or developing better interview questions. Since your end of the deal only involves phone calls and interviews, you’re able to give your full attention to other aspects of your job. The automation will help you become more productive, and even give you extra time to spend with a candidate who seems promising. In the end, you’ll be making more informed decisions because you’ve had more time to make them.
It’s safe to say that automation is the next best thing in recruiting. If you aren’t already using bots to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you, you’re missing out. Recruiters are already busy enough – leave the burdens to the machine and focus on the things that matter most.