Date
16 September 2019
Robotic recruiters are only interested in knowing to what extent your professional skills match the position. Photo: Reuters
Robotic recruiters are only interested in knowing to what extent your professional skills match the position. Photo: Reuters

How to win over a robot recruiter

Have you ever heard of Science of Science? The subject refers to the study of all aspects of science and how it impacts society.

One topic under Science of Science concerns the moral issues of artificial intelligence (AI).

In my career in big data, I realized there are four major ways that AI touches our lives: search process, recommendation engine, credit system and collaborative filtering.

Some big companies in the United States have started using AI to enhance their hiring process. Machines replace humans in screening resumes from job applicants.

To increase their chances of landing the job, applicants may have to first think about how to please these robotic recruiters.

Here are a few pointers:

Algorithms typically focus on the requirements of the job on offer. They are only interested in knowing to what extent your professional skills match the position.

Don’t worry about what font types to use for your resume and stuff like that; robots don’t care.

Innovative but rarely used titles are likely to be ignored by machines.

Applicants should highlight their experiences over the last three to five years. A resume describing experiences over the last two decades won’t be necessary.

Machines will be less forgiving when it comes to spelling or grammatical errors.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 10

Translation by Julie Zhu

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Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman