How will ChatGPT affect the hiring process?
Chat Generative Pretrained Transformer (AKA ChatGPT) is making headlines consistently throughout the world. ChatGPT is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven, human-like chat concept created by OpenAI and released to the world in November 2022. OpenAI has a strong, powerful and well-known investor – Microsoft. In fact, the partnership with OpenAI and Microsoft is so strong, Microsoft is slated to incorporate AI called “Copilot” into Microsoft 365. Technology is constantly evolving, and the world is getting mainstream access to software that is reflective of human-like responses. AI driven software is new and exciting yet intimidating and overwhelming. ChatGPT is promoted as a resource for industries across the board, and Human Resources are starting to field questions, benefits and concerns as it is integrated in the hiring process.
Benefits to using ChatGPT in recruiting
Crafting a job listing or creating a standard job template can take time. ChatGPT can help by providing a foundation of content describing the role that can be customized to reflect the requirements of a vacant job listing. ChatGPT can generate content that does not include unconscious bias towards protected classes. It can keep content neutral, remove potential gender biases and eliminate jargon.
ChatGPT can provide job specific content for an organization. It can provide Human Resources professionals with sample interview questions to use in phone screens and face-to-face/virtual interviews. It can focus on the roles being filled at the moment. This is helpful as a starting point for recruiters. These recruiters might be interviewing candidates for different types of roles that might be outside their niche. Before becoming dependent on the interview questions generated by ChatGPT, it is important to check with the company’s legal team. They can ensure that all application and interview questions meet local, state and federal legal guidelines. HR professionals need to customize questions to reflect the culture, mission and vision of the organization as a whole.
Using ChatGPT in the workplace
Trying to come up with a way to draft an email that is not too wordy but yet “personable”? ChatGPT can be tasked with composing email content related to the mission of the message. Spelling and grammar errors are reduced. Save the content as a Communication Template to use when texting and/or emailing others.
Once new talent has been hired, it is crucial for a company to keep them engaged. ChatGPT can help new hires by answering their questions about company policies. ChatGPT can also provide assistance to new hires as they complete required paperwork and enroll in benefits. This can save HR time by automating tasks such as scheduling orientation, supervisor meetings and ordering company swag for new hires.
Microsoft’s AI, Copilot, will be integrated into Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Abilities of the AI integration will allow for the automatic creation of data graphs in Excel. It also has the ability for PowerPoint to create presentations with images based on user prompts. For people who miss a Teams meeting, Copilot is set to generate automatic summarization. It will document the key content points from conversations within Teams. The inclusion date of this feature has not yet been released. This is promoted to offer cost and time savings to end users. Considering the volume of companies that use Microsoft, this will impact internal and external stakeholders.
Concerns about using ChatGPT in the hiring process
While AI has been trickling into mainstream software and internet use, the immersion of ChatGPT fosters some genuine concern. Such as how intuitive the tool can be and whether it can cross a line of no return in its answers. There is no guarantee that answers provided to the users’ questions will be accurate or even ethically appropriate. Individuals who are starting conversations with an employer via chat dialogues need to be aware of who is or is not on the other side of the chat. Be forthcoming to employees that AI is driving the results and direction of the chat conversation to mitigate negative perception of the “employee” communicating in the chat.
Some companies will seek the use of ChatGPT as a replacement for human capital in a way to save time and money. If ChatGPT can do the tasks of one or more individuals, it is likely there will be some cost-cutting measures by eliminating human roles. Goldman Sachs estimates that 300 million jobs could be lost or diminished due to AI. To mitigate risk of elimination, at-risk employees need to explore opportunities for ongoing education and cross-training in in-demand areas.
Questions exist over safety controls. As with any software program, engineers work diligently to establish the highest parameters of safety. Will answers be accurate and appropriate? If ChatGPT generates inappropriate answers in a chat conversation, the impact of that conversation could lead to negative publicity that could impact the recruitment and retention of employees.
As an Applicant Tracking System helps streamline the recruitment process and an Onboarding System securely organizes employees’ content, technology is designed to simplify tasks in a process. With ChatGPT, a lingering question exists. How will ChatGPT affect the neurodevelopment of employees? Will individuals find ChatGPT as a time saving tool that helps individuals light the fire of innovation of new projects, or will ChatGPT foster a sense of dependency and lethargy that stymies creativity and self-awareness? Time will tell as the debate is escalating on the use of AI in the employment sector. As with any new tool, it takes time to develop and refine the skills of its use. Knowledge is power; do not underestimate the powerful partnership of technology and the human brain in the quest for efficiency and productivity.