When it comes to hiring the best person for the job, wouldn’t it be fantastic if the process wasn’t as lengthy…e.g. recruiting via various online platforms and utilising video communications. Sifting through piles of posted applications in an effort to make a shortlist of candidates. Conducting face to face interviews in short time slots. What if the chosen candidates don’t even have to be present in the office to get the job done anymore. I’d certainly benefit from this wouldn’t you? So how can we achieve this? What will the workforce and recruiting process of the future look like…

The workforce is changing significantly because more and more companies are outsourcing work to staff who work remotely. A few years ago, this concept wouldn’t have even been considered by some businesses. Therefore, the competition for finding the ideal job is becoming more intense for candidates. They’re no longer just competing against a small number of people living in the same area, but potentially people from all over the country and overseas. Outsourcing work is just one of the ways that businesses can be forward thinking in a world where things are constantly changing.

For my own business, Farsight HR, we currently provide consultancy for two companies; one whose workforce is based overseas and another who manage a virtual, remote team. For both of these clients the working practices work extremely well for them.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Workplace

Another way we’ll see staffing developments in the next few years is through artificial intelligence. First of all, what is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? From Wikipedia –“Artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals.”

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There aren’t many people who don’t make use of the internet on a daily basis and because of this, we have the world at our fingertips. AI makes it easy for a HR consultant to reach potential candidates over the internet and recruit the best of the best. For staffing companies, this can save money and time, making the process quick and efficient for everyone involved. It’s one of the easiest ways to assess who is right for a particular job role and who isn’t.

Having a staffing and management AI system operational in the workplace means there won’t be any more time wasted searching through application forms. Taking that one tedious job away from employees means businesses can quickly and easily identify the most suitable candidates and get in touch with them before competitors poach them. Essentially, staffing companies will have the opportunity to use AI as a virtual recruiter that does all the hard work for them!

As AI progresses, the need for human recruiters may be eliminated. Although don’t panic, I feel there will always still be the requirement for human interaction within the recruitment process. AI can act in making the process more efficient and cost effective. It’s possible for AI recruiters to conduct interviews or gather information that will allow employers to narrow down the best candidates. Utilizing this kind of programming could save companies a significant amount of money.

Cultural Diversity

Using an AI recruiter means there can be no argument about prejudices against race, gender, sexuality or more. Just like everything else, the future of the workforce is online.

What do you think? Will Artificial Intelligence play a key role in recruiting your staff in the future?