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Recruitment and the Implications of AI


If you’re interested in the technology sector, you most likely will have heard the name ChatGPT being thrown around… for good reason. In less than a week from its launch, the platform quickly amassed one million users – much faster than the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Recently made public by OpenAI, the chatbot utilises artificial intelligence to answer questions and produce eerily human-like text within seconds. Try it for yourself if you’re curious.

Thought leaders from various industries are already tagging this tool as the next major disruptor. In the same way that the social media forever changed the way we consume media; follow news and built an entirely new industry of “influencing”, ChatGPT is anticipated to have ripple effects across multiple sectors.

US congressman, Jake Auchincloss recently highlighted its multiple use cases in a speech he had written by the AI. In the same breath, he seems eager to avoid a repeat of the advent of social media, which quickly outpaced legislatures’ ability to regulate.

The untapped possibilities of this technology also has people concerned about a new wave of automation – with the potential to displace whole professional fields in a similar style to 20th century mechanisation.

Like all shifts in the status quo, some are more welcoming than others. For example, Glen Cathey recently pointed out some of the quality of life improvements this tech may provide for those in recruitment. Helping to create engaging job adverts, refining candidate reach outs and determining specific interview questions are all potential use cases that could allow recruiters to better maximise their time.

Undoubtedly, this technology will continue to improve over time and more sophisticated uses may develop. Like all emerging tech, the true ramifications won’t be fully understood until long after its emergence. Whilst we can only make educated guesses at this point, undoubtedly, these upcoming years will see a marked change in the recruitment industry.

- John Barker

Posted by: Beament Leslie Thomas