How company uses AI as a talent scout
One day this fall, Ashutosh Garg, chief executive of a recruiting service called Eightfold.ai, turned up a resume that piqued his interest. It belonged to a prospective data scientist, someone who unearths patterns in data to help businesses make decisions, like how to target ads. But curiously, the resume featured the term “data science” nowhere.
Instead, the resume belonged to an analyst at Barclays who had done graduate work in physics at UCLA. Though his profile on LinkedIn indicated he had never worked as a data scientist, Eightfold’s software flagged him as a good fit. He was similar in certain key ways, like his math and computer chops, to four actual data scientists whom Garg had instructed the software to consider as a model.
The idea is not to focus on job titles, but “what skills they have,” Garg said. “You’re really looking for people who have not done it, but can do it.”
The power of such technology will be immediately apparent to any employer scrambling to fill jobs in a tight labor market — like data scientists, whom companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are compet-