Employers are increasingly looking to artificial intelligence to help them shore up their workforces, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
What’s happening: “By automating previously manual tasks—like pre-screening job applicants for basic qualifications, checking for professional credentials and licenses, or scheduling follow-up interviews—employers hope to streamline the hiring process and scoop up available workers before competitors move in.”
- Companies are also using AI tools to quicken and smooth onboarding, orientation and training processes.
Hiring slowdown: U.S. hiring slowed in December, the U.S. Department of Labor reported last week. Employers added 199,000 new jobs, compared to the average monthly job growth of 537,000 in 2021.
AI-tool caveats? Some say AI tools miss crucial aspects in the job-placement process, such as accurately conveying company culture.
- Some lawmakers have called for more scrutiny of AI tools in hiring, saying the use of such software can result in unintentional bias against candidates.
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