- LinkedIn's applicant tracking system now offers live interviewing, according to a Jan. 6 announcement.
- The addition comes through a partnership with Talview, an artificial intelligence (AI) recruiting startup, and will enable users to interview job seekers at any time, in any location and comes with, among other things, video analytics.
- Users also can asses applicants' coding, writing, speaking and soft skills; verify "the authenticity of candidates through secure proctoring," schedule interviews and save notes on candidates.
AI seems to have secured a place for itself in recruiting. According to Montage's 2018 report, State of AI in Talent Acquisition, half of employers used AI for basic administrative tasks within recruiting, such as sourcing and screening candidates, scheduling interviews and streamlining other activities. In fact, the overwhelming majority of respondents (93%) said the technology made their jobs easier and 87% believed AI improved the candidate experience.
But AI in hiring isn't without controversy; nearly half of candidates in that study said they experienced discrimination in hiring processes outfitted with AI. These experiences create some tension with claims made by others, like researchers at Penn State University and Columbia University, who created an AI tool they say can flag and eliminate hiring bias.
Still, employers are buying in. Thirty-four percent of companies in the Montage report said they used AI specifically for candidate selection. A 2019 Yoh survey, however, found that 40% of the workers polled rejected the use of AI in selecting new hires, and an even greater percentage of workers (69%) believed that AI has no place in the recruiting process at all.