Job Board Journalist: Interview With AI Summit Speaker, Gaurav Kataria, Head of Product & Data Science at Entelo

Peter Weddle

The TAtech Leadership Summit on AI/Machine Learning in Talent Acquisition will be held on February 12-13, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. It begins with an optional complimentary Golf Tournament hosted by our Founding Sponsor,, at the world famous Talking Stick Resort on February 12th and then continues with a jam-packed day of insightful presentations, panels and peer discussions on February 13th.

The conference is open to all technology companies worldwide and to HR and Talent Acquisition professionals in corporate enterprises, staffing firms and RPOs.

One of the unique features of the Summit will be the caliber of the presenters – to a person, they are the real experts in this technology. So, over the next several weeks, I’ll use my Job Board Journalist post to introduce several of them to you. Please meet Gaurav Kataria, Head of Product & Data Science at Entelo.

Tell us a little about your background and how you got involved with artificial intelligence.
I first got interested in machine learning and AI as a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was studying computer security. In partnership with research institutions across the world we collected a ton of internet traffic data to uncover patterns that could very precisely predict which specific security attacks are likely to happen in the future. From there, I founded my first tech startup, worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and then moved to Google. I spent the better part of the last decade at Google leading the Data Science group in the Cloud division. In fall, I made the jump to Entelo, a company uniquely positioned to modernize recruiting, where I lead product and data science. Outside of work, I am a guest lecturer at Stanford University where I have been sharing my “Lessons from the Field” on how entrepreneurs and executives can build machine learning capability within their own organizations.

You’re the Head of Product and Data Science at Entelo. What does the company do?
Entelo is the world’s leading AI-driven recruiting automation platform that helps companies find, qualify and acquire top talent. Our technology aggregates information from more than 50 social and professional sites across the web to consolidate candidates’ social footprints. We provide employers with over 450 million unique candidate profiles from which they can source top talent. By automating the process of locating, evaluating and contacting quality candidates, Entelo eliminates tedious manual workflows and frees up recruiters to be more strategic and personalized in their individual interactions with prospective hires.

Your presentation is on how AI can “optimize the recruiter’s experience,” yet some recruiters fear the technology will replace them. Without giving away the store, what are some of the points you’ll cover in your session?

While some may fear that AI will take jobs, I’ll present the argument that AI isn’t out to take your job, but rather, elevate it. To prove that humans & AI are best when they team up, I’ll point to studies like the one reported by MIT Tech Review in which researchers compared the ability of expert doctors and AI software to diagnose cancer. They found that doctors perform significantly better than existing software, but doctors together with software performed even better than their counterparts.

I’ll also explain how organizations are already using AI to automate tedious tasks that are more efficiently completed by computers and share how that has freed workers to become even more sophisticated and strategic in the human elements of their jobs.

HR professionals and recruiters are notoriously slow to adopt new technology and use it effectively. Do you think they’ll be able to handle AI-based talent acquisition products any better?

HR professionals don’t get enough credit for all the change they’ve endured in the last few decades. In an industry that’s seen tremendous evolution from help wanted signs, to newspaper ads, to job boards to social recruiting, HR practitioners must constantly adapt. While there will always be slow adopters, many talent acquisition professionals have become incredibly tech savvy in order to stay competitive. In fact, we’re already seeing HR professionals investing in AI software to help them outperform the competition. As the Entelo 2018 Recruiting Trends Report finds, 62% of companies plan to spend on AI-powered recruiting software in 2018, and of those, 86% plan to spend on intelligent sourcing software. As it becomes more mainstream, we’re sure to see even more recruiters becoming proficient in AI hiring tools.

Finally, Stephen Hawking has famously said, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Is he right – do we need to be worried about this technology?

We’re seeing AI disrupt every industry from fashion to medicine, and while not all of it is positive for every worker in every role, for the most part, AI and machine learning tools are making our lives easier. As someone who has spent my adult life working with this technology, I can tell you that the term “artificial” is the one to pay attention to here. We are not replacing intelligence, but rather, replicating it. Humans can teach a machine to mimic behavior and decision-making, but it’s critical for humans to give them the necessary information, and the path of deduction from which to select an action. This is a highly controlled process and while nothing is impossible, we are far off from a world in which we have to worry about AI taking over our lives. For now, it is simply modernizing the way we live our lives and do business, and I’m thrilled to be part of the next evolution of recruiting that will change the way we hire.

Food for thought,

TAprose and Job Board Journalist by Peter Weddle are brought to you by TAtech: The Association for Talent Acquisition Solutions.

Mark Your Calendars! TAtech’s 2018 events include:

• February 12-13, 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona USA: The TAtech Leadership Summit on AI/Machine Learning in Talent Acquisition – the only conference totally focused on the capabilities and impact of AI/ML/NLP in recruitment.

• March 13-14, 2018 Dublin, Ireland: TAtechEurope 2018 – the premier event for recruitment advertising and technology thought & business leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

• April 18-19, 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada USA: The TAtech Spring Congress & Meetup – a unique conference designed to maximize opportunities for B2B networking, trending topic discussions and the exploration of partnerships and business opportunities.

• June 5-6, 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota USA: The TAtech Leadership Summit on Programmatic Ad Buying – the only conference totally focused on the technology and applications of programmatic ad buying by both publishers and advertisers.

• September 26-27, 2018 Bourbon Street New Orleans, Louisiana USA: The TAtech Fall Congress & World Job Board Forum – the only conference that brings together the global thought and business leaders of the TA technology industry.

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