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How AI Can Drive Talent Acquisition Results In FS&I

In an ever-more digital world, the Financial Services and Insurance (FS&I) sector faces significant challenges to both digitally transforming the industry, and attracting the necessary talent to plan and implement that transformation. But Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be the answer, providing FS&I HR teams with the edge they need in an extremely competitive talent race.

Technologies such as AI and Machine Learning are powerful tools for HR teams. They can help recruiters sift through extremely large amounts of data, enabling them to interpret resumes better and suggest high quality candidate matches.

For job applicants and even employees, AI can lead to greater personalization within the hiring or promotion process, and thus an improved experience. AI can reveal the most relevant roles for the candidate, streamlining the job-seeking experience, and highlighting internal and external opportunities with greater relevance.

AI can help FS&I organizations attract and convert qualified talent while connecting the right candidate to the right career opportunity. It can aid HR teams in finding and engaging candidates with the right skills and potential for success.

Create a personalized journey for candidates

People today expect a ‘Netflix-like’ experience in every aspect of their lives: smart recommendations that take the hassle out of searching and filtering. For businesses looking to offer this level of service, AI job matching can suggest roles to candidates that match their skills, experiences and goals. Use AI to offer unique talent journeys through your Career Sites or Candidate Portals, and ensure that potential employees get the best possible, individualized experience when applying to your company.

Let candidates control how they would like to be reached (and ensure you handle candidate data correctly), with AI-powered Preference Centers.

Boost your employer brand by making the whole experience of finding and applying for a job totally seamless.

Find higher quality candidates

As the volume of candidates increases, it’s very useful to find and evaluate candidates based on their skills and potential. AI helps you do that with a degree of automation, to highlight those people most suitable for a given opportunity.

Using AI to match roles and candidates, based on skills, helps you score applicants against what hiring managers are looking for – giving TA teams a streamlined, consistent view of fit, and saving them time by focusing on quality candidates first.

AI can help you discover contacts you might not have even considered within a more manual process. As algorithms learn which skills tend to be relevant for which jobs, and infers the skills someone might have or learn in the future, it can recommend people for open roles. Make sure the AI-powered recommendations can be explained: you need to know not just who’s a fit, but why the system suggested these candidates for review. In turn, explain recommendations and decisions to candidates.

AI can also look at how often certain characteristics appear amongst your top performers to find relevant contacts for Sourcers and Recruiters, getting as close as possible to their ideal candidate profile.

Prioritize hard-to-fill roles

Another useful application of AI is sifting through the roles in the system and working out which roles will be hardest to fill (i.e. you have a low amount of contacts in your Talent CRM with relevant skills) and how long it is likely to take to fill, based on skills data as well as broader market insights. This can help recruitment teams prioritize the right things, and get started quickly (or apply the extra effort) for the more challenging positions.

Reduce bias in the hiring process

Matching candidates to roles based on skills, rather than arbitrary characteristics, makes the recruitment process fairer and more transparent.

Algorithms trained with the right data can ensure that ‘hidden gems’ are brought to light, from within your organization or wider talent pool, that are ideal for a role – but may otherwise have been overlooked.

If your business has diversity targets, introducing AI to your recruitment and internal mobility initiatives could help you reduce unconscious bias and get better representation, efficiently.

Reduce the time to hire

Find great candidates quickly, with suggested contacts or resurfaced contacts. AI can match the ideal candidate to a role, making the hiring process more efficient.

It should also be able to explain how contacts have been prioritized (why one ranked higher than another) to help recruiters make fast decisions. They should be able to see each component’s weight (or influence) in the decision (e.g. the mix and weight of skills, seniority, proficiency and industry experience) and what skills impacted the recommendations the most.

AI can also help recruitment teams predict the overall length of time a candidate will stay within their current role (their propensity to leave) and their likelihood to engage, so you can focus your time on the most valuable contacts.

Find time and cost efficiencies

As well as getting people into roles faster, AI-powered technology can help save time and money in other ways. An AI-powered chatbot, for example, could automatically screen candidates, answer their questions, schedule interviews, and drive referrals.

AI can be used to automate workflows in your Talent CRM (such as adding people to pools), and to enrich candidate data (keeping contact information current and relevant in real time)... so you can focus on more strategic work.

The AI in Beamery is intended to provide useful recommendations and help users discover suitable matches, not programmatically steer people into one role. Our models are not meant to replace humans; instead, they give relevant information to human decision makers to make better decisions.

With Beamery, HR teams in the FS&I sector will have the additional insight they need to quickly find the right candidates for key roles. While the skills gap in FS&I is a very real issue, the combination of Beamery AI-driven insight and experienced HR professionals means it’s not an insurmountable one.

Download the Beamery white paper, Recruit, Retain, Reskill: How AI Can Help You Meet HR Challenges in the Fintech Era, to learn more.