Are you capable of interviewing 1,500 job candidates in nine hours? What about making 10,000 phone calls, at the same time, to prospective candidates?
PepsiCo’s newest recruitment team hire can. Their robot, Vera, can scan CVs and chat with promising leads using advanced speech recognition software far faster than a human recruiter.
Natalya Sumbaeva, Talent Acquisition Manager for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, however, reassures that Vera’s not out to replace human recruiters, but instead, allow them more time to focus on more interesting aspects of work. However, that might be little comfort to flesh-and-blood recruiters as technology becomes increasingly capable of tackling those harder tasks, assuming more and more of their day job.
Should you be scared? Apparently not, Alex Khakbiz, CEO of Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software says. “Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are not likely to ever completely replace the human aspect of the recruitment process,” he says. “Even if you are looking for a specific set of skills and experience for a role, it’s often the case that a candidate is selected based on personality traits and individual characteristics, or ‘presence’, as well as body language, in addition to their qualifications, experience, and whether or not they are likely to fit into the company culture.
"These are factors which only a human can really evaluate, currently."