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5 Ways HR Chatbots are Simplifying Recruitment and Employee Engagement

3 minutes, 49 seconds read

So far, there were three most talked about recruitment metrics — time-to-hire, cost-per-hire, and retention rate. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the HR industry is facing another challenge of managing and interacting with the remote workforce.

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt beyond 6 months. Organizations are, therefore, keen on revising their HR processes. Apart from hiring and retaining talents, productivity remains a crucial concern for most employers. 

Over 70% of organizations are opting for virtual recruitment methods and technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation and Machine Learning are leading this change. HR Chatbots are a well-known implementation of AI technology in recruitment.

5 Important AI-powered HR Chatbots Use Cases

AI-powered HR bots can streamline and personalize recruitment and engagement processes across contract, full-time, and remote workforce.

1. Screening Candidates

Almost 50% of talent acquisition professionals consider screening candidates as their biggest challenge. Absence of standardized assessment process, lack of appropriate feedback metrics, overdependence on employment portals, and ignoring the pool of interested candidates are some of the factors that create bottlenecks in the recruitment process.

Finding the best fit for the organization is in itself a challenge. On top of that, the time lost in screening the ‘ideal candidate’ leads to losing the candidate altogether. Nearly 60% of recruiters say that they regularly lose candidates before even scheduling an interview.

AI can help in making the screening process more efficient. From collecting resumes to scanning candidates’ social & professional profiles, recent activities, and their interest in the industry/organization, AI can connect the dots and shortlist ‘best candidates’ from the talent pool. The journey begins with an HR bot that collects resumes and initiates basic conversations with the candidates.

HR operations chatbot – View Demo

2. Scheduling Interviews

The biggest challenge with scheduling interviews is finding a time that works for everyone. 

According to a recent HR survey by Yello, it takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours to schedule a single interview. Nearly 33% of recruiters find scheduling interviews a barrier to improving time-to-hire.

The barriers to scheduling interviews involve time zones, prior appointments, location, and commute. AI-powered chatbots can piece it together for both — candidates and interviewers and propose an ideal time in seconds. Moreover, today’s HR bots can handle reimbursements, feedback, notifications, and post-interview sentiments of the candidates.

Appointment scheduling chatbot – View Demo

3. Applicants Tracking

Many organizations have been using Applicants Tracking Systems (ATS) — a software for handling recruitment and hiring needs. ATS provides a central location and database of resume boards (employment sites). 

How ATS Applicants Tracking System Works

HR chatbots with NLP capabilities can be integrated into ATS to facilitate intelligent guided semantic search capabilities.

4. Employee Engagement

Even after the orientation, employees (especially new joiners) face hurdles in keeping up with the organization’s procedures. Reaching out to HRs is the solution, but they’re also bound by time. In most of the situations, peer-support is a way through for activities like using time-sheets, leaves, holidays, reimbursements, etc.

Chatbots have always been great self-service portals. HR departments can leverage bots to answer FAQs on the company’s policies, employee training, benefits enrollment, self-assessment/reviews, votes, and company-wide polls. 

HR bots with NLP capabilities can converse with employees, understand their sentiments, and offer resolutions. 89% of HR professionals believe that ongoing peer feedback and check-ins are key for successful outcomes. Especially in large enterprises, HR chatbots can engage with employees at scale. Moreover, chatbot conversations provide actual data for future analysis. This will also help the upper management with an unbiased understanding of the sentiments at the bottom of the pyramid.

5. Transparency across Teams

Recruiting data is often siloed and confined with the recruiters themselves. Leadership only has a high-level understanding of recruitment at ground levels. Often, this data is not available to other members of the HR department as well. Less than 25% of companies make recruiting data available to the entire HR team.

One of the reasons for lack of information transparency is the use of legacy systems like emails, spreadsheets, etc. for generating reports and sharing updates.

HR chatbots - how are recruitment metrics shared

With AI-powered systems, controlled sharing of data, dynamic dashboards, real-time analytics, and task delegation with detailed information can be simplified. AI-chatbots, integrated within HRMs can make inter/intra departmental conversations and information requests simpler.

Final Thoughts

Today, recruiters prefer technology-based solutions to make their hiring process more efficient, increase productivity and candidate’s experiences. Tools like conversational chatbots are becoming increasingly popular because of the intuitive experiences they deliver. Chatbots can simplify HR operations to a greater extent and at the same time provide better employee engagement rates than humans. 

Multilingual AI-powered HR Chatbot with Video – Hitee.chat


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8 Best Ways to Reduce Android App Size

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With the increase in mobile storage spaces that have gone up to 256 GB, app size is also growing. App size is sure to grow as developers are adding new features, trying to meet customer needs, and also trying to support their apps on various screen sizes. Around 74% of the world uses Android, and 70% of users consider app size before installing them. Moreover, as humans are getting accustomed to instant gratification, they ponder on ways to download apps as they take up storage spaces. Despite the cloud support for photos, videos, and files, android users face issues, such as mobile hanging due to app size. As customer expectations are increasing, android app developers are considering other ways to reduce app size while still incorporating significant additional features and keeping in mind the customer experience.

Below are the 8 best ways to reduce android app size:

1. Use Android App Bundle to Reduce App Size

When generating the release version of your app, you can choose between APK and Android App Bundle.  The second option will make Google play to generate the APK with only those features a specific user need. 

Use Android App Bundle

App Bundle Vs APK

Android App Bundle

  • It is a publishing format that includes compiled code and resources of your app, and delays APK generation and signing to Google Play.
  • With Android App Bundles, the compressed download size restriction is 150 MB. The app bundle cannot be used with APK expansion files.
Android App Bundle
Important: In the second half of 2021, new apps will be required to publish with the Android App Bundle on Google Play. New apps larger than 150 MB must use either Play Feature Delivery or Play Asset Delivery.

How to build android app bundles?

To build app bundles, follow these steps:

  1. Download Android Studio 3.2 or higher—it’s the easiest way to add feature modules and build app bundles.
  2. Add support for Play Feature Delivery by including a base module, organizing code and resources for configuration APKs, and, optionally, adding feature modules.
  3. Build an Android App Bundle using Android Studio. You can also deploy your app to a connected device from an app bundle by modifying your run/debug configuration and selecting the option to deploy APK from app bundle. Keep in mind, using this option results in longer build times when compared to building and deploying only an APK.
  4. If you’re not using the IDE, you can instead build an app bundle from the command line.
  5. Test your Android App Bundle by using it to generate APKs that you deploy to a device.
  6. Enroll into app Play App Signing. Otherwise, you can’t upload your app bundle to the Play Console.
  7. Publish your app bundle to Google Play.

Please note: Android Package Kit – As per developer console, by the mid of 2021, developers won’t be able to upload apk on play store)

  • Android operating system uses APK which is the package file format for distribution and installation of mobile apps, games and middleware. APK is similar to other software packages such as APPX in Microsoft Windows or a Debian package in Debian -based operating systems.
  • Google Play requires that the compressed APK downloaded by the users should not exceed 100 MB.
  • The expansion files for your app are hosted by Google Play which serves them to the device at no cost to you. The expansion files are saved to the device’s shared storage location (the SD card or USB-mountable partition).

2. Use Proguard

Proguard is probably one of the most useful tools to reduce your APK size. It reduces the source code files to a minimum and can reduce the APK file size upto 90%.

  • Use it in all variants whenever using “Proguard”
  • Helps to avoid conflict at the of generate apk or bundle if will use in all the variants.
  • We cannot let ProGuard rename or remove any fields on these data classes, as they have to match the serialized format. It’s a safe bet to add a @Keep annotation on the whole class or a wildcard rule on all your models.

3. Use Android Size Analyzer Plugin

This Android Studio plugin will provide you recommendations to reduce the size of your application.

With the APK Analyzer, you can accomplish the following:

  • View the absolute and relative size of files in the APK, such as the DEX and Android resource files.
  • Understand the composition of DEX files.
  • Quickly view the final versions of files in the APK, such as the AndroidManifest.xml file.
  • Perform a side-by-side comparison of two APKs.

There are three ways to access the APK Analyzer when a project is open:

  • Drag an APK into the Editor window of Android Studio.
  • Switch to the Project perspective in the Project window and then double-click the APK in the default build/output/apks/ directory.
  • Select Build > Analyze APK in the menu bar and then select your APK.

More details at: Jetbrains

4. Optimize Your App’s Resources

Whether used or not, every resource takes up memory. It is therefore necessary to have only those resources that you need, and to use those in a memory efficient way. In other words, you should consider the resolution of the image before finalizing on it.

5. Optimize Libraries

As large libraries consume huge amounts of space, it is advisable to remove parts of it in case you do not need them and if it is permitted by the license of the library. Proguard can aid you in this process but it is not always able to remove large internal dependencies.

6. Use Vector Graphics Wherever Possible

They are sharp and do not consume much space as they rely on mathematical calculations and not on pixels that need to be saved. However, they cannot be used for photography.

7. Compress Your Images

By using tools such as pngcrush, you can reduce the file size of PNG images. It is advisable to do this images as they still look the same. 

8. Only Support Specific Densities

If only a small portion of users use a specific density, it might be better to let Android scale your other densities for them as it would reduce your APK size.

As mobile storage space is growing, people are installing a large number of apps to meet a wide range of needs. But as app size is increasing, people are continuing to struggle with storage issues. With provisions such as Proguard, one can compress the APK file size and optimize libraries easily. Compressing images and using vector graphs are also useful in reducing app size.

About the author: Anand Singh is Tech Lead at Mantra Labs. He is integral to the company’s Android-based projects and enterprise application development.

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