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Talk Talent To Me

Utilizing AI in Recruitment: Activision Blizzard Director of Talent Sourcing Justin Ghio

Thu May 11 2023

AI in Recruiting

00:00 - 17:18

  • Justin Guillot from Activision shares how his sourcing team is leveraging AI tools for their daily recruiting work.
  • AI in the recruiting space is about making it work for you and understanding its limitations.
  • AI can speed up processes and ideation without replacing what we do.
  • Common talent activities that can be AI-sourced include natural language processing to save time on search and typing.
  • AI can save time by recognizing similar job titles and automating actions like moving candidates to different stages of the hiring process.
  • AI doesn't have to be sophisticated or advanced, it can be as simple as basic if-then programming.
  • Boolean search will remain a differentiating skill set for sourcers, but those who don't use AI technology to speed up their iteration process will be left behind.
  • Activision uses AI for skill adjacency in hiring and finding ways to bring in new candidates that could be great fits for the organization.
  • The AI looks at peers of individuals at organizations and sees what skills they have to help understand what questions need to be asked.
  • Technology can identify skills that candidates have but didn't include on their resume.
  • The technology infers skills based on a candidate's work history and suggests questions to ask during the interview process.
  • AI in HR tech is often overhyped, but it can be useful for automating simple tasks like scheduling reminders.
  • AI will never replace human conversations or decision-making in talent acquisition.
  • Activision uses as their CRM provider and platform for talent intelligence.
  • The goal of using technology in talent acquisition is to allow recruiters more time for human interactions and decision-making.

Explainable AI and Bias

17:01 - 22:30

  • AI is trending towards explainable AI to avoid bias and ensure fairness.
  • Professionals should ask vendors how the AI works, why it works that way, and what can be done to change it.
  • It's important to understand the underpinnings of AI to leverage it effectively.
  • Human oversight is necessary to prevent biased hiring based on bad historical data.
  • To make a case for using AI internally, professionals should explain where the technology stops and human input begins.

Ideation and Communication

22:07 - 25:16

  • Chat GPT can be used for rapid iteration and as a starting block for ideas in talent acquisition.
  • Throwing tasks at automation software like Chat GPT can help generate ideas and overcome writer's block.
  • Trying different things can help overcome writer's block and generate new ideas.
  • Offloading tasks to automation software can save time and accelerate ideation in TA.
  • It's important to consider the human aspect of communication, even in rejection emails.
  • The best career advice is to look for opportunities to improve, even if it means moving away from what you're good at.