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AI and the shifting landscape of NZ recruitment

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The recruitment industry in New Zealand, much like in other parts of the world, is constantly evolving and adapting to new technological advancements. Over the past few years, one of the most transformative technologies that has emerged is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI has the potential to challenge and reshape the recruitment landscape in New Zealand, presenting both opportunities and challenges for employers, job seekers, and recruitment agencies.

Firstly, I’ll go through some of the perceived advantages of utilising AI in your recruitment processes.

Enhanced candidate sourcing and screening

AI-powered tools can significantly improve candidate sourcing and screening processes. These tools can quickly scan through a vast number of resumes and identify top candidates based on specific criteria and qualifications set by employers. This not only saves time but can also ensure that the hiring process is more efficient and effective.

Reduction of bias

Human bias is a significant concern in the recruitment process. Unconscious biases can influence decision-making and lead to discriminatory practices, hindering diversity and inclusivity. AI, when designed and trained properly, has the potential to reduce bias by making recommendations based solely on objective criteria and qualifications.

Personalised job recommendations

AI-driven algorithms can analyse a candidate’s skills, experience, and preferences to offer personalised job recommendations. This not only assists job seekers in finding suitable opportunities but also helps employers in reaching the right candidates for their vacancies more efficiently.

Streamlining administrative tasks

Recruitment involves various administrative tasks, such as scheduling interviews, sending follow-up emails, and managing candidate databases. AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants can handle these mundane tasks, freeing up recruiters’ time to focus on building relationships with candidates and developing more strategic recruitment strategies.

Skills assessment and training

AI can be utilised to assess candidates’ skills accurately. Automated skill assessment tests can help employers gauge candidates’ abilities in specific areas, ensuring a better match between job requirements and individual capabilities. Moreover, AI-powered training platforms can offer personalised learning experiences, upskilling the existing workforce and ensuring they remain competitive in an ever-changing job market.

I’ve outlined some of way in which AI can assist, so what are some of the challenges we may also face with adopting AI into our businesses.

Data privacy and security

AI relies heavily on data, and in the recruitment context, this means handling a vast amount of sensitive candidate information. Ensuring data privacy and security is of utmost importance to prevent any potential misuse or breaches that could harm both candidates and employers.

Algorithmic bias

While AI has the potential to reduce human bias, it can also inherit biases present in the data used to train it. For instance, if historical hiring practices were biased, the AI algorithm could perpetuate these biases, leading to unintentional discrimination. Constant monitoring and regular audits are necessary to identify and correct any biased behaviour in AI systems.

Loss of human touch

Despite the efficiency gains, some candidates might find the use of AI in recruitment alienating. The lack of human interaction at certain stages of the process could lead to a sense of detachment and this could quite well affect candidate experience negatively.

Inclusivity and accessibility

AI-powered tools and platforms might not be accessible to all candidates, especially those with limited access to technology. It is crucial to strike a balance between technological advancement and inclusivity in the recruitment process.

AI is undeniably transforming the recruitment industry in New Zealand. As technology continues to advance, it is essential for employers and recruitment agencies to embrace AI responsibly and ethically. By leveraging the potential benefits of AI while remaining vigilant about its challenges, New Zealand’s recruitment industry can evolve into a more efficient, inclusive, and diverse ecosystem that matches the right talent with the right opportunities. It is the careful integration of human expertise with AI-driven insights that will pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial future for candidates and employers alike.

Related: Careful recruitment is essential

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Kellie Hamlett
Kellie Hamlett
Director, Recruitment & HR Specialist, Talent ID Recruitment Ltd. She can be contacted on kellie@talentid.co.nz or 027 227 7736. Talent ID are Recruitment Specialists and can support you through your recruitment process.

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