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Cognitive Analytics: Enabling assisted intelligence in human resources recruiting and hiring by Noel Webb, @CognitiveHR, Karen.ai, #BigDataTO #BigData #AI

Notes from the #BigDataTO conference in Toronto

  • He realized that HR teams were spending too much time prescreening resumes before they could even meet with the best candidates
  • Recruiters only spend 6 seconds reviewing a resume which means they end up accidentally discarding some of the best ones. Time crunches mean they may only be able to get through 20% of candidates. ML can solve these problems .
  • 75% of candidates who apply to jobs do not hear back from the company because there are simply too many candidates and not enough time to do so. NLP and chatbots can solve this problem.
  • AI will not steal all jobs but it will automate processes and allow you to engage with potential hires in a more meaningful way.
  • Shortlisting is a huge challenge for HR as reducing a huge list of resumes into a screened list takes a lot of detailed attention. Technology such as direct keyword matches aren’t the best option as they eliminate people with relevant skills but not the exact words. For instance, know R is just as good as knowing SAS but a keyword search wouldn’t know that. NLP would work much better.
  • Personality insights can also be collected using sentiment analysis to get a functional understanding of the Big 5 Personality traits. [Wow, I can’t imagine how valid it is to do personality assessments with resumes which are often written by third parties and without traditional grammar and style]
  • Chatbots can take an applicant through hiring and onboarding processes by answering questions that would normally be asked of an operations officer. [imagine how many stupid questions the chatbot would be asked that new hires are too scared to ask people]

What’s Your IQ?

my IQ results

ok, this is just a pet peeve of mine.You can talk about IQ or you can talk about intelligence.

If you want the dictionary definition, IQ is “that which intelligence tests measure.” So, if you take the Weschler IQ test or a Mensa IQ test, you are assigned a number that says how smart you are. A lot of care has gone into developing those test so we can only assume that they are well written and produce valid and reliable results. Hopefully, whoever developed those tests didn’t miss something, the one thing that really shows how smart you are.

Intelligence, on the other hand, isn’t so well defined. Somehow, someway, it’s a measure of how smart you are. But what is smart? Intelligence is almost impossible to define. “Quick as a whip” or  “Sharp as a tack” are two ways we talk about intelligence. People generally know what intelligence is but we just can’t nail down a definition.

So here is my pet peeve. I believe that you can alter your IQ. You can buy a book, train for a test, eat healthier, and exercise better, all in the effort to improve your score on an IQ test. However, I do not believe you can alter your intelligence. Intelligence is something you are born with. If you eat well and live well, you can enable your intelligence to express itself to its full potential. If you don’t live well, your intelligence remains unaffected, but it just can’t express itself via an IQ test.

Well, that’s my theory anyways. Feel free to disagree.

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