TAtech Global News Bulletin: Job postings increase, LinkedIn introduces a resume product & Human uses AI to read facial expressions during interviews

Peter Weddle

A weekly summary of trending news & commentary for busy talent acquisition technology execs and professionals.


“CIEL HR, a Bengaluru-based [India] recruitment firm, now has a wonder employee called Tony.

Once a recruitment order comes to the staffing company, Tony, an artificial intelligence-driven bot, goes through a pile of resumes looking for candidates. When the task is done, it pops up on a manager’s screen and sends across the data. Tony can also do a preliminary screening of the candidates by sending them a fixed questionnaire and assessing their responses. By taking over such sundry functions, Tony has reduced some 20% of the workload of human resources managers at the company.”
Quartz India, At some Indian firms, job seekers must impress bots first—not the boss, 11/1/2017

Job Boards & Social Media Sites

All four U.S. regions (Northeast, Midwest, South and West) saw an increase in online job ads in October, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted Online® (HWOL) Data Series. The South saw the greatest gains, while in occupational fields, Management and Business & Financial were out in front. Among the 52 metro areas covered by the survey, 45 saw increased advertising, 4 saw declines and 3 were unchanged. However, the report also noted that there are 2.3 million more unemployed workers than the number of advertised jobs.

Last year, Facebook rolled out its social networking app, Workplace, designed specifically for businesses and other organizations. The app has been running in beta mode this entire time, and finally, Facebook has announced its official launch for use on the PC, Mac, Android and iOS. According to Facebook, there are currently over 30,000 organizations using Workplace, doubling the figure Facebook published in April of this year. In addition, Facebook recently released its desktop version of the app for Workplace Chat. It comes with new features like screen sharing and, in coming months, group video chat, which will let people create virtual rooms of up to 50 people for interactive video conferences.

Glassdoor, a job and recruiting site with a database of company reviews, released new data, revealing greater resources are expected to be devoted towards improving a lack of diversity over the coming year. One in three (35 percent) of the surveyed hiring decision makers expects to increase investment in diversity and inclusion efforts and only three percent expect it to decrease; the remainder are continuing to invest at the same levels. The report, conducted among 750 hiring decision makers (those in recruitment, HR and responsible for hiring) in the U.S. and UK, also finds that job candidate demographics are one of the most important recruiting metrics to hiring decision makers.

LinkedIn / Microsoft introduced Resume Assistant, which enables candidates to update their resume or CV and, through the site’s machine learning and profile data, get suggested skills and examples of relevant work experience as inspiration for how to showcase their best work. The user will then see relevant job listings based on their current title, or, if they’ve included a desired role, they’ll see appropriate active job openings. If they click on an employer’s job listing they will be taken directly to it on LinkedIn where they can learn more and apply.

Whyapply, a Leipzig, Germany-based platform where employers post challenges rather than ads, has launched as a subsidiary of Innovailably GmbH. Rather than simply submitting a resume in response to a job posting, job seekers provide answers to challenge questions in their specific area of occupational expertise (e.g., sales, marketing, finance), and those answers are then evaluated by others on the site with the same background. The goal is to provide candidates with a way to demonstrate their capabilities more accurately than with the data typically found on a resume or CV.

Sourcing, Matching, Assessing, Communicating (SMAC) Technology

Human, a pioneer in Artificial Emotional Intelligence (AEI), has developed new software that has the ability to read candidates subliminal facial expressions live during job interviews and convert these into a range of emotions and specific characteristic traits in real time. Going deeper than simply deciphering human emotion, Human’s patent pending software uses partial facial recognition, robust camera angles and state-of-the-art pixelated raw data to reveal typical personality traits. From employing the right person for the job, to selecting the best ‘cultural fit’ for the team, the highly accurate technology minimizes human bias and provides a level of intelligence previously unattainable.

AI & Machine Learning Solutions

HireSweet, a Paris, France-based Artificial Intelligence driven recruitment platform, raised €1.5m in funding. Backers included Global Founders Capital, Kima Ventures, Bpifrance, TheFamily, and business angels David Bizer, Yannis Yahiaoui and Yves Weisselberger, among others. The company intends to use the funds to expand in Europe and the USA. HireSweet provides an AI-driven platform to engage and hire software engineers. The software enables companies to target passive candidates via a dedicated expert to guide users along the way, getting access to a daily tailored selection of engineers to single out the most relevant candidates, and start an open and direct discussion with them. The company currently has a team of 10. Clients include eFounders, Doctrine, Nokia Health, Deezer, Sqreen and CallDesk, among others.

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