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Opinion: recruiting in the age of AI

It is estimated that 85 percent of the jobs in 2030 haven't been invented yet

Opinion: recruiting in the age of AI

A robot for a colleague? A number of jobs of the future will spin off from technologies that are emerging today

A recent estimation puts 40 percent of the world’s jobs at risk as a result of automation over the next 15 years. The number might be alarming, but experts are quick to assure us that this takeover will essentially allow humans to dedicate their time to more creative tasks.

If you are still concerned, you might find consolation in the fact that this risk is not novel — throughout history, new technologies have replaced human jobs time and time again.

The UAE government has been ahead of the curve in recognising the changing workplace trends, and as part of its efforts to consolidate its status as an international economic hub, the country has introduced numerous initiatives to better prepare industries for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Ministry of Artificial Intelligence, the AI Academy, and the UAE AI Council are only examples of the national focus on AI adoption.

As part of the business sector witnessing AI-centric changes, recruitment will also take its share from this automation. A decade from now, HR and recruitment should look very different, AI and chatbots should play the biggest part in that change.

"The UAE government has been ahead of the curve in recognising the changing workplace trends"

Companies will know exactly when candidates are ready for a new job and reach out to them proactively. Resumés will be screened by algorithms, and candidate selection is likely to take place via automated video interviews conducted by the bots. Multiple companies are already using AI tools to make their hiring process quicker, more accurate, and, crucially, fairer. In fact, in a recent recruitment survey, almost half of recruiters and hiring managers say a key benefit of AI is its potential to remove human bias.

Bots and AI will take some of the most mundane tasks off recruiters’ plates. These include scheduling interviews, answering common questions, and parsing résumés to pre-screen candidates with the right qualifications.

Technological tools could even conduct and assess interviews – in fact, it’s already happening. You can now find software that analyses video and audio interviews based on facial and vocal recognition, indicating which candidates would make the best salespeople for example.

Smarter tech will free up recruiters to focus on the human elements of talent acquisition: assessing soft skills, convincing candidates to accept job offer, conveying the company culture, negotiating compensation, and making the ultimate hiring decisions.

While it’s easy to live in fear that technology will render recruiters obsolete, the opposite is true. When recruiters work with tomorrow’s tech, they’ll gain the freedom to be all the more human.


Jobs of the future

Human-machine teaming manager

Human-machine teaming managers will govern how machines and people collaborate to accomplish a task. Ideal candidates will have a background in psychology or neuroscience paired with experience in computer science, engineering, or HR.

Digital currency advisor

Digital currency advisors will consult investors on managing their wealth through creating a balanced cryptocurrency portfolio. The right candidates will have a background in accounting, financial management, or data security.

Drone traffic optimiser

Drones will be everywhere – from filming our movies and fighting our wars to policing our neighbourhoods and delivering pizza. Drone traffic optimisers – a futuristic spin on air traffic controllers – will oversee their flight paths so they don’t begin to wreak complete havoc.


Arda Atalay, Head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Private Sector in MENA