The world of recruitment is undergoing a seismic shift, thanks in no small part to advancements in artificial intelligence and automation. Recent data from our Lighthouse Research & Advisory Talent Acquisition Trends study underscores this transformation, revealing some thought-provoking trends.
First, employers are now 41% more likely to report increased efficiencies in talent acquisition due to AI and automation compared to just two years ago. This significant uptick isn’t just a number; it’s a testament to how technology is reshaping the recruitment landscape. By automating routine tasks, AI is freeing up recruiters to focus on more strategic, value-added activities. Think about it: less time spent on manual processes means more time for engaging with candidates, understanding their needs, and crafting tailored recruitment strategies (and that’s exactly what the research shows they are spending time on, by the way).
But what about the candidates? Here’s where it gets interesting.
The same research indicates that candidates are increasingly comfortable with AI and automation in the hiring process, provided they perceive a personal benefit. This comfort is a critical factor. When candidates see how automation can streamline their application process, provide timely updates, and even offer personalized job recommendations, their acceptance and enthusiasm for these technologies soar.
In the end, recruitment automation is not just a tool for increasing efficiency; it’s also becoming a vital component in enhancing the candidate experience. By embracing these technologies, organizations are not only streamlining their hiring processes but also positioning themselves as forward-thinking employers who value both efficiency and candidate satisfaction. The infographic below highlights the top areas of comfort/priority for both employers and candidates globally.
Ben Eubanks is the Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory. He is an author, speaker, and researcher with a passion for telling stories and making complex topics easy to understand.
His latest book Talent Scarcity answers the question every business leader has asked in recent years: “Where are all the people, and how do we get them back to work?” It shares practical and strategic recruiting and retention ideas and case studies for every employer.
His first book, Artificial Intelligence for HR, is the world’s most-cited resource on AI applications for hiring, development, and employee experience.
Ben has more than 10 years of experience both as an HR/recruiting executive as well as a researcher on workplace topics. His work is practical, relevant, and valued by practitioners from F100 firms to SMB organizations across the globe.
He has spoken to tens of thousands of HR professionals across the globe and enjoys sharing about technology, talent practices, and more. His speaking credits include the SHRM Annual Conference, Seminarium International, PeopleMatters Dubai and India, and over 100 other notable events.