Bill Boorman: “We haven’t seen a single example of AI in recruitment yet”

Artificial intelligence in recruitment? Many people talk about it, but we aren’t yet that far, says TA Live-speaker Bill Boorman. But he does see a chance that AI will improve recruitment, if we work with good data.

‘Algorithm anarchy’

On September 20 TRU founder Bill Boorman comes to Amsterdam to speak on Talent Acquisition Live. Among other things, he will discuss what he calls the ‘algorithm anarchy’: the proliferation of algorithms in recruitment. “Especially sellers and visionaries have their mouth full of AI. But my definition of AI is about independently thinking and independently deciding machines. And I have not seen any of that in either recruitment or HR”, he says in the video below.

Clean data without bias

Yet there is a lot of potential in AI in recruitment, he believes. “If we learn to work with clean, reliable data, without historical bias, and if we give the machines time to do the right thing.” Because if we don’t, “we only automate processes that work against people, instead of people”, he says.

Pre-event: The Talent Unconference

The day before Talent Acquisition Live, on September 19, there is a pre-event: The Talent Unconference. This is an event without badges, keynotes and powerpoints. However, there are plenty of small interactive sessions on how to attract and retain the right people. The Talent Unconference is organized in collaboration with Bill Boorman’s The Recruitment Unconference (TRU).


Check our website for more information and to register. The early bird is until the 17th of Juli 2018.

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