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5 Innovative Applications of AI in Recruitment

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The growing gig economy has added a new challenge to the organizations’ recruitment settings. While 62% of millennials believe gig work is a viable alternative to mainstream jobs (Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2019), only 8% of HR Organizations believe they’re ready to manage gig or contract workers; thus opening new avenues for the use of technology in recruitment processes. Let’s see how AI in recruitment can benefit organizations in upscaling candidate experience, diversity and inclusion, and onboarding irrespective of geographical location.

How Organizations Can Leverage AI in Recruitment?

According to Grand View Research, the global HR management market is projected to reach $30.01 billion by 2025, of which Talent Management software will cover $13.8 billion worth of the market share. Advanced analytics, apps, and team-focused management practices will fuel the growth of recruitment technologies. The following are 5 areas where AI can out rule existing technologies and HR software.

#1 Screening

Identifying the right candidate from a large applicant pool terrifies recruiters. Surprisingly, only 9% of organizations possess a strong screening technology, says Josh Bersin in HR Technology Market 2019. According to Ideal’s recruiting software ebook, almost 65% of resumes received for a high-volume role are ignored. Now that the inclination towards an alternative workforce is growing, HRs face additional pressure in shortlisting candidates for the organizations. 

In the age where candidates have equal rights to question employers, automated responses aren’t just enough. AI-powered chatbots can not only automate the resume screening processes but also understand the candidates’ queries better and respond in real-time. 

For example, Olivia developed by Paradox is a recruitment assistant chatbot. It helps companies in collecting resumes, screening them, and interacting with the candidates. Olivia bot can schedule interviews and delivers one-to-one candidate experience. 

#2 Identifying Passive Candidates and Rediscovery

According to Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Survey 2019, 61% of organizations consider finding qualified experienced hires as the most difficult recruitment challenge. Also, 26% of leading recruiters believe- inefficient technology is the reason for hiring setbacks.

Organizations rely on the capabilities of their existing workforce more than a new-hire. However, uncovering the talent that’s a great fit for a new role and their willingness to take up a new responsibility is quite a challenge. AI can help in rediscovering hidden talent among the existing employees thus reducing candidate acquisition costs. 

Another aspect of recruitment, especially for sophisticated roles is passive candidate sourcing. However, identifying and engaging with people who are not currently looking for a job change can be daunting. AI can simplify this aspect as well. Instead of focusing only on a candidate’s resume, sourcing more information from his public profiles and making predictions about the success in acquisition can save a lot of human efforts. 

#3 Sentiment Analysis

AI can judge a candidate’s sentiments better than a human because there won’t be any conflict of emotions during an interview. AI can identify, extract, quantify, and study the candidate’s states using procedures like NLP (natural language processing), computational linguistics, facial recognition, and biometrics. 

Through AI, companies like Unilever, IBM, Dunkin Donuts, and many others are analyzing a candidate’s facial expressions during video job interviews. For instance, using the HireVue AI-driven recruitment platform, Unilever was able to hire for entry-level jobs from 1200 more colleges.

#4 Defining Jobs APIs

Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Survey 2019 reports – 25% of organizations feel constructing an appealing job offer as challenging. Moreover, according to HRDrive 2016 survey, 72% of HR managers claim to provide clear job descriptions. But, only 36% of candidates say they understood it.

AI can bridge this gap by mapping industry jargon and search queries. AI can also present descriptive job descriptions or skills requirements in concise language that can save the candidate’s time and hence improve conversions.

On 15th November 2016, Google launched Cloud Jobs API- a machine learning service to improve the hiring process by providing a lingua franca between the job seeker and employer job postings. It comprises of two ontologies- occupation and skills and establishment of relational models between them. 

#5 Reducing Unconscious Bias

Organizations believe that a diverse workforce improves employee productivity, and retention and yields innovation and creativity. However, diversity hiring suffers a setback because of unintentional bias and recruitment preferences. 

AI can help in reducing unconscious biases during recruitment because it is completely programmable. The model can be trained to clear patterns of potential prejudices based on gender, ethnicity, geography, or even academic institutions. According to Modern Hire research, 49% of candidates believe AI can improve their chances of getting hired.

Will AI Replace Recruiters?

PayScale suggests that 66% of organizations agree that employee retention is a growing concern, making hiring an even more sophisticated process. Benefits of AI in recruitment encircles around sourcing, screening, assessment, and identifying hidden talents. Technocrats believe AI will not replace recruiters, it will simply augment the existing hiring processes. 

We are an AI-first products and solutions firm; feel free to reach us out at hello@mantralabsglobal.com for your industry-specific requirements.

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Enhancing digital patient experience with healthcare chatbots

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Chatbots are fast emerging at the forefront of user engagement across industries. In 2021, healthcare is undoubtedly being touted as one of the most important industries due to the noticeable surge in demand amid the pandemic and its subsequent waves. The Global Healthcare Chatbots Market is expected to exceed over US$ 314.63 Million by 2024 at a CAGR of 20.58%.

Chatbots are being seen as those with high potential to revolutionize healthcare. They act as the perfect support system to agents on the floor by providing the first-step resolution to the customer, in terms of understanding intent and need, boost efficiency, and also improve the accuracy of symptom detection and ailment identification, preventive care, feedback procedures, claim filing and processing and more.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital tools in healthcare, most commonly chatbots, rose to the forefront of healthcare solutions. Providence St. Joseph Health, Mass General Brigham, Care Health Insurance (formerly Religare), and several other notable names built and rolled out artificial intelligence-based chatbots to help with diagnostics at the first stage before a human-human virtual contact, especially while differentiating between possible COVID-19 cases and other ailments. The CDC also hosts an AI-driven chatbot on its website to help screen for coronavirus infections. Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered with a messaging app named Ratuken Viber, to develop an interactive chatbot for accurate information about COVID-19 in multiple languages. This allowed WHO to reach up to 1 billion people located anywhere in the world, at any time of the day, in their respective native languages.

For Care Health Insurance, Mantra Labs deployed their Conversational AI Chatbot with AR-based virtual support, called Hitee, trained to converse in multiple languages. This led to 10X interactions over the previous basic chatbot; 5X more conversions through Vanilla Web Experience; Drop-in Customer Queries over Voice Support by 20% among other benefits.

Artificial Intelligence’s role in the healthcare industry has been growing strength by strength over the years. According to the global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, AI spending in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries is expected to increase from $463 million in 2019 to more than $2 billion over the next 5 years, healthtechmagazine.net has reported. 

Speaking of key features available on a healthcare chatbot, Anonymity; Monitoring; Personalization; collecting Physical vitals (including oxygenation, heart rhythm, body temperature) via mobile sensors; monitoring patient behavior via facial recognition; Real-time interaction; and Scalability, feature top of the list. 

However, while covering the wide gamut of a healthcare bot’s capabilities, it is trained on the following factors to come in handy on a business or human-need basis. Read on: 

Remote, Virtual Consults 

Chatbots were seen surging exponentially in the year 2016, however, the year 2020 and onwards brought back the possibility of adding on to healthcare bot capabilities as people continued to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Chatbots work as the frontline customer support for Quick Symptom Assessment where the intent is understood and a patient’s queries are answered, including connection with an agent for follow-up service, Booking an Appointment with doctors, and more. 

Mental Health Therapy

Even though anxiety, depression, and other mental health-related disorders and their subsequent awareness have been the talk around the world, even before the pandemic hit, the pandemic year, once again could be attributed to increased use of bots to seek support or a conversation to work through their anxiety and more amid trying times. The popular apps, Woebot and Wysa, both gained popularity and recognition during the previous months as a go-to Wellness Advisor. 

An AI Wellness Advisor can also take the form of a chatbot that sends regular reminders on meal and water consumption timings, nutrition charts including requisite consultation with nutritionists, lifestyle advice, and more. 

Patient Health Monitoring via wearables 

Wearable technologies like wearable heart monitors, Bluetooth-enabled scales, glucose monitors, skin patches, shoes, belts, or maternity care trackers promise to redefine assessment of health behaviors in a non-invasive manner and helps acquire, transmit, process, and store patient data, thereby making it a breeze for clinicians to retrieve it as and when they need it.

Remote patient monitoring devices also enable patients to share updates on their vitals and their environment from the convenience and comfort of home, a feature that’s gained higher popularity amid the pandemic.

A healthcare chatbot for healthcare has the capability to check existing insurance coverage, help file claims and track the status of claims. 

What’s in store for the future of chatbots in Healthcare? 

The three main areas where healthcare chatbots can be particularly useful include timely health diagnostics, patient engagement outside medical facilities, and mental health care. 

According to Gartner, conversational AI will supersede cloud and mobile as the most important imperative for the next ten years. 

“For AI to succeed in healthcare over the long-term, consumer comfort and confidence should be front and center. Leveraging AI behind the scenes or in supporting roles could collectively ease us into understanding its value without risking alienation,” reads a May 2021 Forbes article titled, The Doctor Is In: Three Predictions For The Future Of AI In Healthcare. 

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