Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Will NEVER Eliminate Recruiters

So, there’s a lot of speculation and many opinions I hear in my space, (recruiting). Where people say that AI and Machine Learning is going to take over the world and kill everyone, and along with that, ruin the entire recruiting industry for recruiters and recruiting agencies.

Not true, not going to happen. (argue in comment section below).

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Now that you’ve done that, let me elaborate.

What is A.I and Machine Learning in the first place? Well in the most uneducated and rough description in the world for multiple purposes (my own lack of brain cells, and for those that need it dumbed down), it’s basically the collection of tons of data, and information which is then used by algorithms created by massively smart people which are then injected into both physical and digital tools that we use to enhance our use of them thus making life easier.

OK, cool right?

Now, here’s the deal with recruiting…

Recruiting has and always will be a RELATIONSHIP business. As in, it’s built upon a relationship and the value you bring to that relationship ie: the candidates and their caliber and your timing and abilities to find that talent. If you do all of that well, then great, you’re awesome and you’ll continue to be awesome.

Of course, most everyone knows we’re in a very bull market for recruitment right now and it’s very much a recruiter/candidate driven world in recruiting currently, which is great, and makes things easier than ever to make multiple six figures per year running a solo recruiting agency.

With all of that said, how does this whole AI and ML thing relate to recruiting? It doesn’t. That’s my point. No matter what happens, and no matter what advances are made, the business is based on relationships and value. When someone hires you to find them talent, they’re retaining your services to look someone in the eye or read someone over the phone and judge them, vet them, qualify them, test them, and absolutely ensure they’re the right talent. There isn’t a single robot you could ever create that will equate to a human.

The closest AI or ML will ever get to touching the recruiting space is on a sourcing level, and NEWS FLASH, we’re already there, and it’s HELPING US. Indeed? LinkedIn, Monster, ZipRecruiter, I could go on and on, these are all of the tools we use, and they all have tons of AI and machine learning elements within them that help recruiters find talent.

The popular belief is that somehow, some way, that technology is going to override the recruiter and knock us out of the game.

Isn’t going to happen..For the very reasons I mentioned above about the human interaction and how a human can be the only thing truly reading another human. It just isn’t going to shut us down. If anything AI AND ML will be of assistance to both the client and the recruiter AND even the candidate at best.

There’s nothing that will overtake the position of a human brokering human resources. Sure McDonalds can install kiosks that broker out hamburgers via digital interfaces and spit out your happy meal after you’ve punched in a few buttons, but that’s not going to happen when you’re searching for a developer with X, Y, Z skills, specific personality type, has interest in X,Y,Z technology, experienced with A,B,C elements and so on and so forth.

A shift will happen, but it won’t be an eliminating shift, it will be a commoditization shift. Where clients will expect more of a solution from recruitment rather than a broker ship. They’ll want candidates more on demand, they may want to outsource and RPO more, they may want selection of candidates upon immediate signing of agreement and things may become more of a platform rather than a single serve transaction.

I’ll leave you with this. Amazon is king of e-commerce, but how many millions of indie Shopify stores exist successfully alongside Amazon, oh and by the way, how many sellers are individual vendors ON Amazon itself, just some food for thought. Amazon didn’t kill anything, the market changed, it didn’t die.