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AI in Recruitment Processes: Navigating Fair Decision-Making

 

As technology continues to evolve, artificial intelligence (AI) emerges as a transformative force, particularly in streamlining human resources (HR) functions such as recruitment processes. However, this efficiency-driven evolution prompts a crucial examination of its inherent limitations. Despite AI’s ability to process vast data and optimize certain tasks, the question of whether it can effectively replace the nuanced insights, empathy, and qualitative judgment embedded in human interactions remains. The delicate balance between the advantages of AI-driven HR processes and the indispensable role of human recruiters needs to be understood and appreciated. Hence, this NUS Bizbeat article emphasizes whether involving AI in the recruitment processes is fair.

According to the article, while AI has the capacity to automate certain HR tasks, it cannot replace the vital human touch crucial in recruitment processes. A study by NUS Business School, the International Institute for Management Development (IIMD), and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University reveals that job applicants perceive AI in selection and recruitment as less trustworthy and fair compared to human-assisted methods. Over 1,000 participants, having experienced both successful and unsuccessful AI-enabled hiring processes, indicated a higher perception of fairness when humans were involved in resume screening and hiring decisions. The article also emphasizes AI’s failure to recognize candidates’ unique qualities, leading to potential legal and ethical risks as effectively as a human can. Lastly, according to the article, organizations must prioritize human involvement in recruitment despite AI’s efficiency benefits, emphasizing caution in AI adoption to avoid brand and reputational risks. This will not only help organizations build brand value but also help candidates feel at ease during recruitment processes.

When fairness, trust, and the recognition of unique candidate qualities matter, the narrative unfolds on why maintaining human involvement in recruitment processes is pivotal for ethical, nuanced decision-making. Read through the preceding text for more.

Cherish Kaur

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