AI to replace recruiters or hiring reps?

Wow, what is next? Will this replace hiring reps?  I doubt it. It might be like all those personality tests the employers make you take that go nowhere ~ we hope. Read the possibility of the situation:


Wanted: The Perfect Babysitter. Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude.

Article by Drew Harwell in the Washington Post November 23, 2018

When Jessie Battaglia started looking for a new babysitter for her 1-year-old son, she wanted more information than she could get from a criminal-background check, parent comments and a face-to-face interview.

So she turned to Predictim, an online service that uses “advanced artificial intelligence” to assess a babysitter’s personality, and aimed its scanners at one candidate’s thousands of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts.

The system offered an automated “risk rating” of the 24-year-old woman, saying she was at a “very low risk” of being a drug abuser. But it gave a slightly higher risk assessment — a 2 out of 5 — for bullying, harassment, being “disrespectful” and having a “bad attitude.”

The system didn’t explain why it had made that decision. But Battaglia, who had believed the sitter was trustworthy, suddenly felt pangs of doubt.

“Social media shows a person’s character,” said Battaglia, 29, who lives outside Los Angeles. “So why did she come in at a 2 and not a 1?”

Predictim is offering parents the same playbook that dozens of other tech firms are selling to employers around the world: artificial-intelligence systems that analyze a person’s speech, facial expressions and online history with promises of revealing the hidden aspects of their private lives.

The technology is reshaping how some companies approach recruiting, hiring and reviewing workers, offering employers an unrivaled look at job candidates through a new wave of invasive psychological assessment and surveillance.

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More ways to job search – turn back time? Gary Burnison captured it again…

Now we don’t believe in your “losing” your resume either but we do feel that you need to get out from behind your computer and find other ways to market yourself. With 3% unemployment, the search is fierce and you can have your pick of jobs but it still needs to be the right job for you and the company or employer.  Wishing you success in any path you take!  FHP


Sitting in my email inbox was yet another one: an unsolicited resume from someone I don’t know.

He went on and on, describing his skills and experiences—everything he’s ever done. But nowhere did he mention why he was reaching out specifically to me (other than the assumption that I’m the CEO of a firm that places an executive in a role every 3 minutes). Nor did he specifically say what he would bring to our firm. In fact, he put it all on me to find a position that would be best suited for him.

Don’t get me wrong; I do want to help people. But in 35 years of professional life, including more than a decade as CEO of a public company, I have been continuously shocked by the naiveté of people who resort to the old standby: sending out their resumes blindly. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the No. 1 time waster in any job search.

Here’s how to keep from getting ignored and land the job you want:

  1. The new “let’s do lunch”: The unsolicited offer of “let me send you my resume” has become as cliché as “let’s do lunch.” When you say it, you know you’re never going to have lunch. The same goes for your offer to email your resume. Unless someone genuinely wants to hear from you, your resume isn’t going anywhere. Over the past several years, I’ve received thousands of unsolicited resumes. And guess what—they rarely go anywhere. That might strike you as harsh or even unfair, but here’s what I know about many other CEOs and senior executives: they’re not opening your resume. The solution? You need a warm introduction from someone in your network to a person at a company where you really want to work.
  2. The “ice cream shop” strategy:  Ironically, when we were younger, we intuitively knew how to get a “warm introduction.” When you were looking for a summer job back in high school, you’d go to the place you wanted to work—the ice cream shop, the car wash, the community swimming pool—and ask if they were hiring. If the manager or owner wasn’t busy, you’d get an “interview” on the spot. If your friends worked there, they’d put in a good word for you. In fact, you probably found out about the job from a friend, who provided a “warm introduction” to the manager for you. But the process we understood so well as teenagers—and that worked so well in those days—has begun to elude us. We forgot that the same fundamental rules apply: know where you want to go and then get a warm introduction.
  3. Do your homework: More than any other step, this is what differentiates people who are going to get my help from those who fade away. When people connect with me through a contact and ask for help in getting a job, I tell them I’ll be glad to talk once they’ve done a simple assignment: research where they want to work—their target industry, the companies they admire, the roles they believe their most suited for. Shockingly, in 9 out of 10 cases, they never do it. This isn’t rocket science, but it does take time. If you can’t or won’t invest that much effort in your career, then who will?
  4. Lose the resume: The most recent email I received is a perfect example of what a resume can’t do: it can’t automatically get you a job. In this case, the resume listed experiences across a rather narrow industry, peppered with an insider’s jargon. Not once did this person highlight what he’d accomplished: expanding sales, increasing profitability, improving efficiency. To get someone’s attention you need to tell a story about your accomplishments and their impact (again, once you’ve had a warm introduction to someone). That’s why I tell people to “lose the resume.” Yes, you need to have one, but don’t expect it to be more than a calling card.

Blindly sending out your resume in hopes someone will respond is like putting a message in a bottle. It might give you a moment of satisfaction for having done something, but don’t expect it to wash ashore anytime soon.

Videoing yourself to practice your interview overview speech!! More from Gary Burnison…

What a brilliant idea. Beyond practicing, reading the job description again, making notes about how your background matches the requirements of the job, your achievements, mistakes and more – try this – can’t hurt!!  FHP


You’re getting the interviews, but not landing the job. Back at square one every time, you do the usual: polishing your resume and finding new ways to say the same old thing. But if you’re like most people, you won’t do the one thing that could really make a difference in your next job interview.

The secret weapon is in your pocket or maybe in your hand: your smartphone.

People overestimate their strengths and underestimate their weaknesses all the time. They tell themselves they can “wing it” and congratulate themselves for how well they think on their feet. Except, they can’t. Only by video recording yourself (or having someone else do it) as you answer interview prep question can you see and hear how you come across.

Here are 5 reasons why you should take the best career advice that almost no one takes.

1.    The Camera Doesn’t Lie: We may be obsessed with taking selfies, but a lot of people avoid looking at or listening to themselves “on camera.” Just pushing “record” and seeing that red light makes them highly self-conscious. And that’s the point. The nervousness of being video recorded is a good proxy for being “on” in a job interview. When you play back the recording, you’ll hear every “um,” “you know” and “like” that you say unconsciously. You’ll also see your nonverbal communication: how you sit, your facial expression, how much you fidget, and so forth. What you don’t know can hurt you in an interview. One candidate I interviewed never moved a muscle during our entire conversation. He didn’t gesture or change his posture. It was freaky! At the other extreme, I’ve seen people squirm in their chairs, pump their legs up and down, and gesture wildly. Don’t ignore your non-verbal cues and body language. You need to exude confidence and competence. If you want to know how well you do that, get in front of the camera.

2.    Rehearsing, Yes; Memorizing, No: You’re not auditioning for Annie! — there’s no need to memorize your lines. Memorized answers that sound canned and unnatural can’t convey your authentic self. You need to rehearse—preferably with a coach or mentor who will give you the “tough love” feedback that your friends, spouse, or other family members can’t. If your mentor also knows your role and industry, that’s an added plus.

3.    “Tell Me About Yourself”: Video record yourself rehearsing basic interview questions: describe your most recent position, what’s your greatest career accomplishment, what are your strengths/weaknesses, why do you want to work here, and – of course – tell me about yourself. When you play back the recording, listen to your answers. How can you say it more concisely, bringing it down to a tight thirty-second answer? You may not think so, but 30 seconds can come across as a long time, as anyone who has done a TV interview will tell you (think about that the next time you watch a televised interview). You need responses that are punchy, crisp, compelling, and to the point. One-word answers are a disaster, but so is a filibuster. Keep it conversational. You can always elaborate when the interviewer asks a follow-up question.

4.    “ACT” to Improve Your Likeability: As you watch yourself on video, consider your “ACT”: authenticconnecting, and giving others a taste of who you are. Being authentic means truthfully representing yourself, your experiences, and your background. Creating a connection helps the interviewer relate to you and creates rapport during the interview. A taste of who you are allows interviewers to have a better understanding of what you have to offer and how well you’ll fit the culture. Your “ACT” will help improve your likeability. It only takes a matter of seconds for the interviewer to make crucial determinations about you, including how trustworthy you seem and whether you’d be a good fit.

5.    Don’t “buffer” your video interview: If you are a good at interviewing in person, don’t assume that you’ll do just as well when interviewing by telephone or videoconference. You’ll need to adjust your energy level, the length of your responses, and how fast or slow you speak. As you rehearse, especially for video conference and webcam interviews, make sure you also anticipate any “surprises” you could possibly encounter with technology glitches. Have a practice Skype session with a friend, check the background for distractions, and dress from head to toe, even if you’re only visible to your shoulders. One candidate in a video interview was Brooks Brothers from the waist up, but showed he was only boxers from the waist down when he had to jump up and close a door. Don’t be caught unprepared.

It takes time to video record yourself and analyze the results to reflect on how you can improve. But given the importance of your next interview, why wouldn’t you make the effort? The only one standing in your way is you!

How to move into a new career or move up the ladder in the field you want?

Just a simple note or tip:

Watching a Ted Talk today, subject was, “Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience.” Jason Shen was the speaker.  What I gleaned from this video was that it is key for you to have examples of your work with you in the interview as it relates to the job you are interviewing for. Even if you are meeting “confidential employers” (meaning you can’t research a company or the principals) you know the job itself is going to have certain aspects. If you have not done the job before, do your research and still we suggest you come in with  examples of how you would do the job.

Recently we had a candidate scheduled for a phone chat with a hiring representative. The subject was about a new job they were formulating. They loved this candidate from previous interviews but didn’t have a job opening yet.  The conversation was more listening than talking but the take-away was that the candidate wasn’t prepared at all and they didn’t move forward.

How can you prepare for something you don’t know enough about?  Grab the title, look at job descriptions that are similar from postings on job sites and start your homework! Become comfortable with the terminology, the challenges, the expectations and you will be able to conduct yourself like a pro (even if you haven’t done that exact job.) When the conversation shifts to something similar to what you have done in the past, you can quickly add to the conversation highlighting your experience and skills as well as your IDEAS for developing the position – be it a Personal Assistant, Family Assistant, Chief of Staff or an Estate Manager – be present, be creative, be humble but have ideas and examples ready to share.

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Feigon Hamilton wishes you much success in your career path!