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BOTS and The Future of Hiring

Posted on 7.21.2016

Bots are doing pretty much everything these days - from helping plan vacations, to retrieving weather forecasts and even helping you get your next job.

HR company FirstJob, for example, recently launched a recruiting assistance called Mya and could show what the future of hiring looks like.

Recruiters often get hundreds (sometimes thousands) of applications for jobs from candidates who don't meet the requirements. Mya, however, hopes to ease and reduce the burden associated with hiring by doing a lot of the heavy lifting through machine learning and natural language processing to ask questions and verify qualifications. Mya can even answer some basic questions from applications about the company, its corporate culture, policies and benefits.

The application sends the main highlights to the recruiter and notifies candidates when updates are available. This feature is designed to avoid the unresponsiveness that job seekers encounter when dealing with traditional HR departments, and gives recruiters and hiring managers more time to focus on interviews and closing offers.

After an application is completed, Mya works natively in FirstJob, as well as Facebook Messenger, Skype, email and SMS. The bot also sends updates to the applicant throughout the hiring process, and ultimately someone from the company will inform the applicant if they move on to an interview.


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