The role of recruiters in AI-enabled recruitment processes

Crystelle Reyes

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into recruitment processes is increasingly playing a significant role in talent strategy. As AI technology advances, new challenges and opportunities continue to rise. Our surveys indicate that 45% of responders believe AI will automate routine tasks and alleviate administrative duties in recruitment. Additionally, 29% see AI’s potential in providing predictive insights for hiring decisions. Yet, only 24% believe AI alone has the capacity to truly enhance the candidate experience. So, if AI enablement has the power to alleviate recruiters from some tasks and not others, what exactly is the role of recruiters in an AI-enabled recruitment process? We asked our experts Stephen, Regional Director of HR & Technology, and Cristine, VP of Solution Design and Tech Innovation.

Recruitment experts possess invaluable human qualities and the ability to build connections between talent and hiring teams that are difficult, if not impossible, for AI to replace.”

First and foremost, it is essential to acknowledge that AI in recruitment is unlikely to directly replace recruiters,” says Stephen. More likely, it will augment their capabilities. Recruitment experts possess invaluable human qualities and the ability to build connections between talent and hiring teams that are difficult, if not impossible, for AI to replace. As we described earlier this year, whether it is the rapport built in a face-to-face meeting or the personal touch of a targeted ad, some aspects of recruitment simply can’t be replicated.

Strategic partnerships

Cristine agrees that AI will have applications for automation, administrative tasks, and predictive insights. “In leveraging those [AI] benefits, I also believe it has the potential to bring back the traditionally consultative nature of the recruitment profession, both for candidates and organizations. I believe recruiters will be more strategically involved in projects like workforce planning, consulting candidates on their career paths, skills-based pathways and development programs to fill future hiring needs, employer branding and other retention-boosting initiatives.”

Data-informed decision-making

“Additionally, recruiters will become data-driven decision-makers, leveraging advanced analytics tools and AI-driven algorithms to assess recruitment performance, candidate quality, and overall hiring strategies”, Stephen says. “This shift will enable recruiters to make more informed choices, optimize their processes, and adapt to evolving market trends, ultimately leading to more efficient and effective talent acquisition with a strategic future-focus. In its current state however, AI needs vast amounts of data. Transactional data from one company is not enough to accurately predict the performance of a candidate, but it is a change we expect to see in the future.”

It isn’t AI itself that will transform the candidate experience, it is the recruiters strategically leveraging AI that will.”

Authentic candidate experiences

According to Cristine, the way AI can transform candidate experiences is generally underestimated. “Mostly because it is not AI that will transform the candidate experience, it is the recruiters that leverage the time AI enablement has given them back in their schedules. If a chatbot can engage with candidates around the clock with common questions and application updates, or if an ATS can integrate administrative duties, a recruiter has time to engage in meaningful conversations around cultural fit, ambition, and soft skills.” These are just some of the areas we predict AI will transform the recruitment process through increased efficiencies and optimizations:

  • Reduce time spent candidate sourcing
  • Skill-based matching between candidate profiles and skill-requirements
  • Improved and automated candidate screening
  • Chat-based candidate communications & support
  • Conduct and analyze virtual interviews

The recruitment teams of the future

The role of recruiters in an AI-enabled recruitment process is evolving. Recruiters should embrace AI as a tool to streamline administrative tasks, gain predictive insights, and enhance the candidate’s experience. By doing so, they can free up time for more meaningful interactions and decision-making while providing candidates with a more efficient and personalized journey. Ultimately, the successful recruiter of the future will be one who can strike the right balance between leveraging AI’s capabilities and harnessing their own unique human skills to build stronger, more productive teams.

Crystelle Reyes

Global Content Lead

Crystelle is responsible for our global content activity. Having started in the industry as a talent sourcer in the Hudson RPO academy, she has first-hand experience in recruitment strategies. In her role she combines this experience with her background in marketing to write and coordinate relevant content across our three regions.

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