How com­pany uses AI as a tal­ent scout

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - By Noam Scheiber

One day this fall, Ashutosh Garg, chief ex­ec­u­tive of a re­cruit­ing ser­vice called Eight­, 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-

Mengxin Li / New York Times

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