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Ep 591: Is AI Changing Jobseeker Behaviour?

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Conversations about AI’s impact on recruiting tend to focus entirely on the employer and recruiter viewpoint. However, it may well be that the most potent force of change for talent acquisition comes from AI-facilitated shifts in jobseeker behaviour.

Employers are already seeing a rise in applications they suspect are being driven by AI tools that facilitate bulk applying. The use of LLMs to create or edit resumes is undoubtedly widespread, and we are also seeing examples of AI being used to hack online interviews and assessments. There is still much debate about where these activities fall on the scale, from legitimate assistance to outright fraud.

What is very clear, though, is that this is an unstoppable tide that will have severe implications for recruiting processes. What do employers do when they are inundated by applications perfectly tailored to the role that are impossible to assess using current tools and techniques?

My guest this week is Richard Collins, Co-Founder of CV Wallet. Richard has decades of experience in recruitment marketing and talent acquisition. He has recently been diving deeply into the issues caused by jobseeker use of AI and how the solutions to the problems might make recruiting better for everyone.

In the interview, we discuss:

• The current talent marketplace

• AI-driven changes in job seeker and applicant behaviour

• The potential impact on the recruiting process

• Challenges of dealing with an increasing volume of applications

• Unreliable applicant data

• Pre-qualifying and pre-verifying without creating friction in the process

• Will we see a revolution in assessment and selection?

• How do we define what is cheating or fraud?

• A shift to assessing soft skills

• How does recruitment marketing need to adapt

• A cost-per-qualified application model

• Proactive versus reactive change

• How much change will there be in 2024

• What does the future of recruiting look like?

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