Artificial intelligence may weigh in on your employment application
Growing number of employers are using data-driven tools to pre-screen job applicants
Thursday, June 7, 2018
In 2018, robots do not hire people. But artificial intelligence may continue to play an increasingly significant role in determining which candidates get invited to interviews in the future world of work, as Vancouver employers adapt to using datadriven tools to pre-screen potential employees.
Some level of automated screening has been a common human resource practice for years — especially among large companies that may be fielding hundreds of applications at once. Employers may, for instance, perform keyword searches on batches of resumés to determine which candidates have some of the characteristics they’re looking for.
But as automation becomes more sophisticated, so too does the potential for applicant screening. And that’s changing the way companies think about hiring.
Vancouver company Beanworks, which provides teams of accountants with an accounts payable automation tool, uses Plum, a data-driven Canadian tool that predicts how well candidates will do a job.
Plum, which is based out of the technology hub of Kitchener-waterloo in Ontario, has the tag line “predict certain.”
“So plum is a great data point but it’s not the entire data set,” said Karim Ben-jaafar, president of Beanworks. “We look at every single resumé and we don’t let plum make the decision for us.”
Plum works by collecting data on people who have succeeded in roles through an online assessment system, and measuring applicants relative to one another on the broad traits determined to be shared by the success stories.
Use of automated tools is not without its detractors. Some worry the use of artificial intelligence to aid with hiring could be fraught with bias, since data based on people who have already succeeded in the job may not include those who would have succeeded at the job, but haven’t had the opportunity due to unconscious bias.
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Vancouver companies like Beanworks are increasingly using data-driven tools to help pre-screen job applicants.