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Recruitment Chatbots: ‘You talking to me?’

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AI-powered chatbots are everywhere. You’ve probably met them when buying a flight ticket or solving a problem with your bank account. Lately, they have transformed our consumer experience. And now recruitment chatbots are taking over some relevant aspects of the hiring processes, specially in pre-screening or pre-qualification tests.

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Like any other chatbot, it is a software designed to conduct a conversation, understand human language, and simulate human behavior. The technologies behind are well known by their acronyms, AI (artificial intelligence) and NLP (natural language processing).

In HR, recruitment chatbots are used to reduce time and help with repetitive or inefficient tasks. If you think that talking to people at work sometimes is time consuming and makes it hard to deal with more important issues, imagine life before bots, when recruiters had to call hundreds of applicants for a single position just to check some basic requirements.

What are recruitment chatbots used for?

The most extended use of HR chatbots is during the pre-screening process. Bots are designed to ask candidates a series of relevant questions for the position. Even before a human recruiter reads your CV, a bot can contact you to ask for important information, such as years of experience in a position, certain skills and studies, or a foreign language level.

With all these data ‘in mind’, recruitment chatbots decide if an applicant meets the basic requirements for the job or not. As a candidate, you should take into account that you will be assessed according to your answers, so be clear and provide all the relevant information as if it were a human-to-human conversation. Take these bots seriously and don’t waste the opportunity for being the selected one!

Jobseekers may also use them to their own advantage. They are available round-the-clock to answer queries about the job and the hiring process. You no longer have to spam recruiters with questions that are simple to answer. A chatbot can help you almost instantaneously.

Has everything gone well? The recruiter wants to schedule an interview? Chatbots can also help in this tedious task and match your appointment books.

But what does a recruitment chatbot conversation look like? Like many other chatbots, most of them are integrated with the most popular chat apps. This includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, or it can be built in the recruiter’s webpage or recruitment platform. Sometimes you will forget you are talking to a bot, while at other times… well, you will remember that technology still has a lot to learn from us human beings!

Have you already chatted with a bot recruiter? How was your experience?

Office Dress Code: Cracking the Old Style

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice and tagged , , on by Alfonso Pujalte.

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Dress code has always played an important role in both, doing business and job interviews. Whereas traditionally these codes have been strictly followed, nowadays more and more people cross some limits and new trends come out. In this ever changing world choosing the right style has become more and more difficult. 

Today we have the advice of Caleb Wells, Visual Consultant for T.M. Lewin. Since its beginning in Jermyn Street in 1898, T.M. Lewin has become famous for having the first coat shirt to feature buttons down the whole length of the front.  Fashions may have changed since then, but excellent craftsmanship, quality, service and value remain the unique features of the brand.

How can dress code help you to get a job?

Research has shown how crucial the first 10 – 40 seconds of your introduction are. 90% of people form their opinion about you within this time.  Besides, some experiments conducted by psychologists at Princeton University state a tenth of a second is enough for someone to form an impression of a stranger (and just based on their faces!). So this decision could be taken before you’ve even said a single word. Choosing the right outfit plays a big role to convince them and get hired. But, how can you be sure you are making the right decision?

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World’s Happiest Job | An Interview with a Florist

This entry was posted in Articles, Interviews and tagged , , on by Jeannine.

As humans and as individuals, we’re always wondering, “What makes me happy?”. More often than not, what makes someone happy isn’t the traditional idea of success; money, a great career, etc, but rather it’s the simple things. Things like family, friends, laughing, waking up every day and not dreading the commute to work because you know once you arrive at your job you’re doing something you’re really proud to be doing. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when we read this BBC article stating that the UK’s happiest workers are florists and gardeners. Lucky for us, we happen to know a florist.

On being a florist

What’s your official job title?                              

Apprentice for a Jaclyn K. Nesbitt Designs

Explain a day in the life of a florist?

Everyday is different which is what makes this job so much fun and exciting. The planning and preperation for an event usually begins 3-4 days before the big day. This summer we worked on a few weddings and here’s how we’d get ready for the day.

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We start the morning by going to the flower mart and/or local farms to pick up flowers that we will use for the event. The afternoon is spent processing all of the flowers; trimming stems, picking off unwanted leaves, dethorning roses, putting all of the flowers in buckets of fresh water, and just giving them a little bit of love! The next day is spent arranging the foliage and flowers for centrepieces, aisle markers, bouquets, boutonnieres, and whatever the wedding might call for. We start pretty early on the day of the event, spending a good bit of time carefully packing up the van with all of the flowers we’ll utilize. Then we spend a few hours setting up on-site, to make sure everything looks the way we envisioned it to look.

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Searching for Happiness in Work and Life

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An interview with Andrea Linati, Happy Coach &Trainer at Delivering Happiness @ Work.


An Interview: Searching for Happiness

How did you become a Happy Coach? What path led you to where you are today?

It’s as if I had been born for this; the circumstances of my life led me to make certain decisions until I reached a point where it all made sense.

You don’t get to where you are due to just one particular situation. My first conscious contact with this world was at age 16 when I met a Moroccan man on one of the Falkland Islands. I was impressed that he lived so far from home at the age of 20. He gave me The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and I’ve taken responsibility for finding my own way since then. The coaching came after another trip, this time to India when I was 26. The trip ended with me in a hospital, having caught a virus and upon my return home, I read this experience as a warning. I took a look at my life, what I was doing and what I wanted to change. I found a coach and began to see things more clearly. Coaching was my path. I trained, I got certified, I took a leap of faith and suddenly, the Happy Coach was me.

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Disaster and Triumph in the Andes, 1972

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Interview with Nando Parrado, ex-rugby player and one of the 16 survivors of the Andes airplane crash in 1972.  Author of the book Miracle in the Andes (2006).

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You are respected for overcoming the unfortunate event you experienced, you are admired for how you reacted and you are considered a hero for what you did. You aided in the survival of the team after the crash and you learned how to take the positive from that terrible event.

As a survivor and true leader, we’d love to share your story of loss and triumph with our readers.

When the plane crashed into the Andes, you took on the role of leader. What previous knowledge and experiences helped you take control of that situation?

The main problem was that the real leaders died in the accident. They were the leaders in society, at the university, on the playing field. Those of us who weren’t leaders had to adapt to the situation and leaders began to appear in accordance with the circumstances. I think I was helped by the pragmatism my father had instilled in me. I immediately realised that the situation was very complicated and that there was little chance of survival.

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