Where’s the AI in “Recruiting AI” and “HR AI”?

The Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Recruiting AI, and AI in HR echo-chamber is alive and well in every HR Tech vendor’s pitch.

But “Where’s the AI?”

This is going to be a Live event with QA, with lot’s of in-depth info about the status of AI in Human Resources and Recruiting today.
We’ll discuss:
  • “Recruiting Automation” and workflow process automation vs “AI”
  • What is AI? and What isn’t.
  • The currecnt state of Recruiting and HR AI today, without a lot of technical gibberish.
  • The future state of Recruiting and HR AI
  • AI use cases, and how those might affect your recruiting and HR problems and opportunities.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in AI in recruiting and HR.
If you’re a VP of HR, VP of Talent Acquisition, Director, Recruiter, or HR leader, you’ll definitely get something from the webinar.
Why should you attend?
If you’re having problems hiring, or looking at solutions for next year, you’re probably hearing a lot of “AI” from vendors.
Unfortunately, the sales teams aren’t always the best technical resources to describe what the “AI” is in the product, and what value it bring to you and your organization. We’ll get into what AI is and where it is working and where it isn’t, and if it really matters to your use cases.
About the speaker:
Jonathan Duarte is a 20 year veteran of the recruiting technology space. He’s built 3 companies in HR Tech, over the last 23 years, starting with one of the first Internet job boards,, back in 1996, and the first US recruiting chatbot on Facebook Messenger in 2016. He’s lead technology integrations between ATS’, job boards, job aggregators, and background screening companies.
Jonathan has also lead and consulted enterprise artificial intelligence chatbot teams at some of the largest companies in the world; including Wells Fargo and EY.

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Recruiting Chatbot News

Sometimes HR Tech can take a long time to evolve.
I found this old “Source of Hire Protocol” that I published back in January 2004.
14 years later, and we’re still talking about the same things… “How do you track the inbound source of candidates?”

Fortunately, we’ve moved forward, but it surprises me sometimes that even some of the largest volume hiring entities in the world, still have no real valid data on their “Source of Hires” or “Source of Applicants”.

**** Original Source of Hire protocol and article listed below ****

Source of Hire Protocol
Originally released January 4th, 2004
By Jonathan Duarte, Founder,

“Source of Hire” reporting is becoming critical for any company utilizing metrics to efficiently recruit.

More and more employers are electing to push job seekers to their corporate career websites, to apply for open positions. Unfortunately, these same employers are learning that while the “recruiting process” might have been become more efficient, the ability to accurately track the inbound “source” of the job seekers is being lost.

Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, of CareerXRoads, recently released their “2003 Source of Hires” report. In the report, Mark and Gerry conclude that “source of hire” information is not being tracked as efficiently and effectively as it can be.

Why do we need a “Source of Hire” protocol?

The definition of a protocol is “a standard procedure for regulating data transmission between computers”. By creating an industry standard protocol for transmitting “source of hire” data, the Internet recruitment industry as a whole will benefit; including, job boards, applicant tracking companies, ad agencies, and employers.

The “Source of Hire” protocol that GO Jobs has released is inexpensive to adopt, non-proprietary, and can be used by any entity.

Of course, the real value of a “standardized protocol” is when it is recognized as a “standard”. For this to happen, ATS vendors, job boards, and third-party entities must adopt and maintain the standard.

A call to ATS vendors to adopt the protocol:

At this time, very few applicant tracking companies have implemented a tracking solution. Employers are quickly realizing the fact that their current “source of hire” data is inaccurate, or otherwise, “suspect”. By offering an automated, accurate “source of hire” your clients would have accurate reporting and place a greater value on the data being retrieved from your software.
For any ATS, considering a tracking solution, GO Jobs recommends recognizing the following protocol.

A call to job boards to adopt the protocol:

Currently, most job boards do not send “referral” or “source” information to the Apply Online URL provided by the employer. By appending the protocol fields below, any company website or ATS that adopts the protocol, will start recognizing job board source information immediately.
Most Fortune 1,000 company career centers are hosted by third-party applicant tracking companies. If the applicant tracking companies adopt the protocol, their clients will immediately gain from having accurate reporting.

If ATS vendors do not conform to a standard protocol, the job boards will suffer the greatest, as the job boards will lose the ability to justify their “value”. If each ATS vendor creates their own query strings and protocols, it will be unbearable for niche and smaller job boards to adopt to the standards of each ATS.

There are over 10,000 active job boards. By quickly adopting the below protocol, the job boards themselves stand to gain significant leverage, by moving together as a group.
Job boards that adopt the protocol, can start providing “source of hire” information to their clients with a nominal development expense.

Source of Hire Protocol:

(The protocol information provided below is intended for a technical audience who has an intermediate or above knowledge of website development tools.)

The “protocol” is made up of three query string values that can be passed to an employer’s website. If the company career site is compliant with the protocol, and therefore recognizes the query strings and the associated values, the employer will automatically and efficiently retain accurate “source of hire” data.

The protocol query string values:

A numeric value representing the job board where the job seeker found the job listing
The name associated with SourceID
A string representing an intermediate, or third party, such as GOJobs


Let’s say a recruiter wants a job seeker to visit their corporate website, to apply to a specific job.
The Apply Online URL the recruiter wants the candidate to link to is as follows:
When the job is posted on a job board, such as DICE, the recruiter adds the Apply Online URL above to the specific field on CareerBuilder.

Currently, when a job seeker finds a job on a job board, he or she, clicks on the “Apply Online” button, or link, and the jobseeker is redirected to specific URL on the company website.

In this example, both DICE and the employer loose valuable tracking data. DICE can no longer track the job seeker, and the employer has virtually no way to automatically track that this specific candidate came from DICE. As a result, both the job board and the employer lose.

If Applicant Tracking Companies (ATS), job boards, employer career center development teams, and other web design companies, utilize the above querystrings, everyone wins.
The employer receives accurate “Source of Hire” information. Job boards are recognized as the inbound source. Recruiters don’t have to maintain another “list of sources”.

Any job board, can utilize this query string protocol directly.
For instance, if DICE chooses to implement the protocol, instead of submitting the job seeker to the “Apply Online URL” provided by the recruiter, above, during job entry, DICE can Append the “Source of Hire” querystrings and the values related to DICE, to the clients Apply Online URL.
By appending the following string, DICE would automatically be recognized by the company website as the “Source of Hire”.

The complete URL would look like the following:”SourceID=1&SourceName=DICE&RoutedBy=DICE

The case for a centralized list of SourceNames and SourceIDS:
The are many reason for maintaining a centralized list of job board “SourceIDS” and “SourceName”s:

  • ATS companies, or web developers, can query a centralized, maintained list of job boards to receive updates to the “SoureIDS” and “SourceName”. By querying a centralized list, neither ATS vendors, or their employer clients need to maintain a “list of sources”.
  • Job boards can add themselves to the list at any time.
  • The list is publicly available.
  • A maintained, centralized list, will eliminate duplicate or outdated job board names and therefore SourceNames and SourceIDS.
  • There is no cost to retrieve the list of job board “SourceIDs” and “SourceName”.
  • As a job distribution service, and an Internet Recruitment Ad Agency, GO Jobs already maintains this information.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Duarte

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HR Examiner & GoHire with John Sumser

I first met John Sumser, the Principal Analyst at HR Examiner, and one of the most sought after HR technology analysts, some 20 years ago, back in 1998, or so. HRExaminer

That year, John hosted a cocktail party at his home in Milly Valley, CA for a small group of HR technology founders who where attending the SHRM conference in San Francisco. It was a pretty small group back then.

I’m not sure how it all came together, but the party started winding down, and typical to any great conversation with John, questions about the future of recruiting, technology, and the market continued to deepen.  At the time, there were only a handful of ATS systems and job boards. Most ATS systems were customized resume scanning systems that took paper and fax resumes, digitized them, and made them searchable.

The conversations continued late into the evening, concluding with conversations of mergers and acquisitions, while enjoying John’s hot tub. A memorable night for sure.

I recently had the honor of speaking with John on the HR Examiner Podcast series, where we talked about Recruiting AI, chatbots, text messaging, and loads of other technologies entering the recruiting and HR markets.

Over the years, I’ve had numerous memorable conversations with John, an wanted to share a couple of my favorite “Sumser Quotes”. (they’re paraphrased.)

A Social Network for unemployed people?

“Who would ever want to join a social network of other unemployed people? That makes no common sense. Who wants to hang out with bunch of equally depressed unemployed people?”

… John’s response to my question; “What do you think about Jobster?” at the Jobster launch party at ERE in San Diego 2004? Well we know how that story ended. Meanwhile, another little company had yet to surface publicly in the recruiting space, a social network for professionals… LinkedIn.

Diversity in the workforce:

“Here’s the problem with solving diversity in the workforce.

Say your company has been successful for years, and the one thing that’s unique about your culture is that everyone wears a clown suit.

As business continues to grow, you need to bring on more people.

So you interview some great people and hire who you think will be a great employee.

Then, on the new recruits first day of work, they show up bright and early… wearing lederhosen!

Now what do you do?

Do you make them change to a clown suit? Do you make everyone else wear Lederhosen? Do you find a way to embrace clown suits and lederhosen?”

If you ever get a chance to sit down and have some deep conversations with John, I’d highly recommend it.

Beware; Be prepared to think! Bring an open mind! And, Good Ideas and Data, go a long way!

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Now Hiring Signs that work
Now Hiring Signs that work

Retail and Hospitality recruiting is getting harder and harder.

“Now Hiring” signs and “We’re Hiring” signs are a great way to get the attention of your existing customers and local foot traffic. But, sending potential applicants to a career site, that requires them to type in 20 characters, on a mobile phone, and then try to apply via a non-mobile optimized web site, is a recipe for failure.

Per Jobvite’s annual “Recruitment Marketing Funnels” report, as well as Appcast’s Cost Per Applicant annual survey, the average Career “Visitor to Apply” converstion (ie. of all the people who visit your career site, the percentage of those visitors who complete an application), was 8.52% in 2016, per Jobvite, and even lower per AppCast.

That means that 9 out of 10, or more, of your organic and paid job seekers who visit your career site, are leaving without you knowing much about them.

That also means that 90% of your recruitment marketing budget was WASTED!

How do you solve that problem?

Find alternative solutions for your prospective workforce. If you’re hiring a non-desktop workforce (ie. a workforce that is probably “Messaging First and Email Second” you might consider a Text Messaging Chatbot, that engages candidates, stores their contact information, etc.


Doing the same thing as your competitors will only get you the same results.

You Choose, leave a comment below.

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GlassDoor was acquire for it's SEO value

Indeed is in an all out war to keep it’s job seeker traffic alive.

The acquisition of Glassdoor, by Recruit, Indeed’s parent company, for $1.2 Billion, should not be considered an acquisition of Glassdoor as a company and business model, but as a lifeline for free job seeker traffic for Indeed.

Glassdoor, like Indeed, has been profiting from free, job seeker traffic from Google for years.
GlassDoor was acquire for it's SEO value

With the Recruit acquisition of Glassdoor, Indeed will benefit from all the free job seeker traffic that Glassdoor is getting from Google. suggests that’s 27 million FREE visitors per month.

For over a decade, Google Search has been the first place job seekers go to look for a job. Over that same period, Indeed has been the primary recipient of that organic job search traffic.

Last year, Google launched Google For Jobs. Stating they were going to change how results were being displayed in the US search results, for “job related” terms. Meaning, that instead of showing normal search results, they would show aggregated job content directly from employers, applicant tracking systems, and multiple job boards. Essentially killing a significant percentage of Indeed’s free job seeker traffic.

The solution is simple and levels the playing field for anyone who wants to get their job listed in Google Search.

Indeed is faced with several problems:

  1. Candidate Acquisition Costs are going up and will never be free again. Their cost to acquire job seekers continues to rise, as they have to pay more and more to acquire the same number of visitor they had last month.
  2. With low unemployment, there are fewer and fewer active job seekers, making even harder to maintain their traffic.
  3. Google For Jobs is expanding Internationally, meaning, Indeed is going to lose their free job seeker traffic in nearly all their international markets. Recruit bought Workopolis in Canada a couple weeks back, and within a couple days, shutdown the entire website and operations. We can only assume this was a defensive strategy to once again maintain job seeker visits, knowing that Google For Jobs is going to be launched in Canada soon.
  4. Indeed was once known for generating lots of low-cost, if not free, job seeker traffic for companies. That brand and promise is quickly dying, as they are raising prices, and delivering fewer results.

The Impact on Employers:

  1. The cost for Job Seeker traffic is going up. For most employers, the cost to recruit candidates will continue to go up. From several first-hand conversations with VPs of Talent Acquisition, and industry insiders, Indeed’s traffic to customer’s jobs has been consistently dropping, while sales people are calling requesting more money, for less traffic.
  2. Free and low-cost Indeed traffic is dying. Indeed  is now selectively eliminating scraping jobs from company websites and removing those jobs from it’s search engine.  This process has been nick-named the “Indeed Jail”. The fact is, the days of free Indeed organic traffic are coming to an end.
  3. Employers can’t generate qualified candidates with a “Post N Pray” strategy. From the early days of the Internet job board business, and applicant tracking systems, employers have relied heavily on their job being “found” using aggregators like Indeed and SimplyHired, who could drive lots of inexpensive job seeker traffic to their career sites. With static budgets and rising costs, this strategy doesn’t work anymore.
  4. Talent Acquisition leaders need to investigate alternative solutions.  Over the last decade, the primary recruitment marketing strategy has been post jobs to job boards, like Indeed, redirect candidates to the corporate career site, and hopefully about 10% of those visitors will apply. That used to work, especially when the economy was hurting and there were lots of people looking for jobs. But now, with unemployment at record lows, job seekers aren’t visiting job boards in the same numbers, and the candidates who are visiting, have multiple opportunities.

What can employers do today! 

Do SOMETHING! This problem isn’t going to go away, ever!

Increase the Visitor to Apply ratio of visitors on your career site.  If you have an existing constraint, ie recruitment market budget, and can only afford to spend $X dollars, your going to need to generate more qualified applicants for that same dollar.

Audit your candidate apply journey. Physically walk through the job seeker process of finding your company jobs on a job board, like Indeed, and then follow the path that a job seeker would take to apply for a job. Chances are your apply process, career site, candidate assessments, and the rest of your process has at least a couple of big issues that can be fixed quickly, with little effort. But you need to know what they are. (Actually, it’s better to have someone who has never been on your career site do this, because they “have a fresh set of eyes”.)

  • Document, every web page in the process.
  • Document how long it takes.
  • Screen shot EVERY screen.
  • Right down EVERY confusing step, or “weird” error, or redundant step.

Implement a Programmatic Job Advertising platform. For mid-market companies with 100+ open jobs per month, programmatic advertising solutions will scrape your website, like Indeed does, and then a computer will help publish your jobs to specific job boards, that will get you the best number of applicants, without blowing your budget on individual job postings. You can save 30%, or more, in the first 90 days, if you do it right. Will it take time to set up? Yes, but once you do it, it will be a long-term strategy that continues to pay for itself day after day, month after month. (Again, reach out if you want to learn more).

Implement a Career site Chatbot

Implement a Text Messaging Chatbot solution

  1. Implement

If that’s you. There are alternative solutions.
They can actually Save Money!
They can increase your Candidate Apply Rates by 500%!
They can increase your candidate pools by 900%!
They can be implemented within days.
And, they don’t require IT support, changing of your technical stake, changing how your recruiters work, etc.

If interested, call me directly:
Jonathan Duarte

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Automated Scheduling with Text Messaging
Recruitment Automation is quickly coming to staffing firms, recruitment process outsourcing (RPOs), and corporate talent acquisition teams.

What is Recruiting Automation?

Let’s define Recruitment Automation as automating, or eliminating, human steps, or workflow processes within the recruiting process.

We’ve been automating recruiting for years, so what makes today’s automation different? 

Over the last 20 years, we’ve been automating recruiting tasks like posting jobs to job boards, using email to reach candidates, etc. Prior to Indeed and mass job aggregation, most job postings were only visible on corporate career sites. The majority of the job postings never made it to job boards, because of the human cost on posting jobs. Job scraping and job distribution, and now predictive pay-per-click and pay-per-applicant tools from and have automated the ability to post jobs everywhere, and do it cost-effectively.

If you break down the recruiting process, Bill Boorman, suggests there are 88 individual steps required to hire someone. Many of those steps involve human steps that require significant training, follow-up, lots of attention to detail, and unfortunately… work.  A recruiter, or hiring manager, needs to screen the inbound candidates, for basic requirements, and then reach out to them for an initial “pre-screen”, to find out if they are Qualified, Available, and Interested (QAI). For most recruiting organizations, this is where the problems start.

To get ahold of a candidate, recruiters have had two primary tools, a phone, and email. No one is picking up the phone these days, unless they know who it is.

And, emails aren’t being opened, read, or responded to. So, recruiters are sending more and more emails. Making more and more phone calls, just to keep up. They’re also losing candidates in the process because the recruiters can’t manage the flow of the data and conversations.

Messaging and Chatbots are leading the new Recruitment Automation

Contacting job seekers via email is simply getting tougher and tougher. Emails aren’t being opened (14% open rates and 2% click-through rates), whereas Text Messages are getting deliver 95% of the time, and responded to within minutes and hours, instead of days.  Text Recruiting with job seekers and over sms messaging is by far the fastest way to get candidate responses and move candidates through the recruiting process.

If the above paints a dark picture, just remember, it can get even worse, because most candidates you want to recruit, are probably already working, which means they probably can’t have a call during their work hours. In the US, we’re currently at near “Full-employment”. Replacing turn-over candidates is becoming harder and harder, let alone, adding to the workforce.

These types of process changes, predominantly use chatbots and messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, Text Messaging, and Web Chat, to communicate with candidates, while engaging and pre-screening them for their Qualifications, Availability, and Interest in the company.

Chatbots work 24/7, don’t require time off, and continue to learn as they respond to candidates using their existing smartphones, without the need to download another application.

Messaging is High-Touch, Personalized, and Private

If candidates are ready to leave their current employer, they have options, and companies need to act fast, and respond to candidates quickly if they want to interview and hire them. Dropping the ball, and not responding to candidates quickly enough, is going to become a bigger and bigger issue as the competitive nature for talent continues.

So, back to Recruiting Automation…

Tips for implementing Recruiting Automation in your business Today.

Here are some areas where you can implement some recruiting automation in your recruiting practices today:

  1. Sending Text Messages to candidates. If you aren’t doing this yet, ask yourself why you and your organization aren’t doing this. It works. It’s proven. and your competitors already are doing it. Are you worried about how candidates will respond? Good. You should be. Take it slow. Make your text messages personal. Respond back to candidates quickly. And, use a tool desktop application like GoHire, that not only let’s you use a keyboard, to type faster, but also stores all your candidate conversations.
  2. Add a Career site Chatbot to your career site. Candidates have options, so you need to make it easy for interested candidates to learn more about your company, the role, and your culture. Only 8.52% of your site visitors will apply for a job. Adding Web Chat to your career site is relatively inexpensive, and can increase your candidate flow by 100%. Essentially, allowing you to engage and convert 100% more candidates, then before web chat.
  3. Add a Text Messaging Chatbot, or an Apply By Text chatbot as a way for candidates to engage your company. For instance, in the retail and hospitality fields, you can advertise Text “Jobs” to 888-271-8898,  and let candidates engage with you, create profiles, answer pre-screening questions, and even set up a time for an interview, all from their smartphone and text messaging.
    If you want to automate reach-outs to existing candidates, to ask some basic questions, pre-screen them, or see if they have specific skills needed for a role, Text Messaging with a Chatbot can help.

How it works: Using GoHire’s Text Messaging system, send the candidate a templated response
What if recruiters could spend more time with the highest-value candidates, while candidates could also get immediate responses, and even status updates on their application process.

What if candidates could ask questions of recruiters, 24/7, to learn more about the company, and the specific role they’re looking at.

What if candidates to quickly engage companies without having to fill out 20-40 “required fields”, just to learn more about a company, their culture, and the role?

These are not only possibilities, but they are already realities for some of the early adopters of Recruiting Automation.

This is the future of recruiting automation.

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Text Apply - Cafe Sample

The recruiting process is filled with manual, redundant, and time and sequence-dependent tasks that can be automated with a recruitment chatbot or recruiting automation. Adding a recruiting chatbot into your recruiting workflow can be very easy and very effective. Below are some recruitment chatbot examples and the beginnings of a  recruitment chatbot case study to help you understand what makes the best chatbots for recruiting.

What are Recruitment Chatbots?

Recruitment chatbots, or virtual recruiting assistants, are computer software program that can perform tasks like engaging with candidates, pre-screening candidates, or automating interview scheduling, using multiple messaging channels, like text messaging, Facebook Messenger, and webchat.

These tasks can be voice requests, like asking Siri or Google Assistant to look up information, or can be a candidate responding to a job ad over text messaging.

Recruiting Chatbots can be deployed on multiple platforms; including, Facebook Messenger, SMS / Text Messaging, and web chat (and more).

What is Recruiting Automation?

Recruiting Automation is the process of studying the recruiting process steps required to hire an employee. Once the process is documented, the steps can be reviewed to determine which steps might be reorganized, removed, or automated, based on current needs and available technology and resources.

Below are several recruitment chatbot examples as well as companies using chatbots in recruitment and how they’re implementing automation.  There are lots of different types of recruitment chatbots and how they can automate certain steps in the recruiting process.

What are the best chatbots for recruiting?

The best chatbots for recruiting are the ones that solve your specific recruiting process for your candidates, your specific company workflows, and integrate into your existing ATS and technical stack. In nearly all cases, chatbots are customizable, so the best chatbot for your recruiting process and your candidate experience is the one that can be configured for your recruiting needs.

Who are some companies using chatbots in recruitment?

More and more companies are starting to use chatbots in recruitment; from high-volume retail and restaurants to manufacturing, warehouse, trucking, staffing, and healthcare. Here are some examples:

Recruitment Chatbot Examples

1. Job Postings with an Apply By Text pre-screening text chatbot.

Over the last 10 years, most larger companies have posted jobs to job boards, with links to apply on a corporate career site. In most cases, 90% of the time, visitors don’t actually apply through this process. They visit the site and leave, without providing any contact info. Chatbots are changing this. With an SMS / Text Messaging chatbot candidates are encouraged to

Text “Jobs” to 888-271-8898

(The above is a live Text chatbot, that includes
Candidate Profile Creation, Pre-Screening, and Meeting scheduling)

2. Now Hiring signs with Text Apply.

This is a great tactic for Retail, Hospitality, and other part-time hourly positions. With near full-employment hiring managers need to make it easy for candidates to apply for positions. Typical in-store recruiting messaging sends candidates to the corporate career site to apply, where we know 90% of visitors leave without applying. With a Text Messaging based chatbot, candidates can start the recruiting process while onsite, by texting the companies chatbot. Candidates can enter their contact info, their desired location, answer pre-screening questions, and even schedule onsite interviews.

Cafe Hiring Sample

3. Candidate Pre-Screening

One of the largest time blocks involved in recruiting is screening candidates. Most of the time, recruiters confirm the candidates QAI, during a first-round pre-screening phone call. This isn’t scalable. Wouldn’t it be easier to just send a candidate a text message, that leads them through a pre-defined series short questions that pre-screens them for a role? Recruiters could literally send hundreds of these text messages in a couple of minutes, and literally get hundreds of responses in minutes, vs days, or weeks, with phone calls and emails.

4. Automated Message Sequences over Messaging, for quick responses

Text Messaging is by far, the most effective way of communicating with job seekers today. LinkedIn emails aren’t being read or responded to. The open rate for emails is below 14%. Meanwhile, candidates open text messages about 95% of the time and respond quickly. Usually in minutes vs hours or days. Recruiters often need to confirm details, appointments, or communicate quick questions or steps. Text messaging is great for this type of quick, short messages, and candidates love it too!

5. Interview Scheduling

Another major time-dependent task is interview scheduling. Simply calling candidates isn’t very effective anymore. Candidates aren’t answering calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Calling candidate in the middle of their current job is inconvenient, and playing the back and forth “what time works for you” is a miserable waste of time for everyone. Recruiting Chatbots are great at doing this like automated scheduling, making it easy for recruiters to invite candidates to schedule something on the recruiter, or stores recruiting calendar. Imagine a candidate goes through a pre-screening process, and at the end of the process, they are given the opportunity to schedule a pre-screening phone call or even a retail onsite meeting. Try the demo below, that’s exactly what it does.

Text “Jobs” to 888-271-8898

(The above is a live Text Messaging Recruiting Chatbot, that includes
Candidate Profile Creation, Pre-Screening, and Interview Scheduling)

6. Career Chat – Web chat for Candidate Engagement (Live Agent and Chatbot modes)

In the Jobvite 2017 Recruiting Funnel report, only 8.52% of career site visitors actually completed an application. That means that approximately 91% of candidates visited a career site and left without providing any contact information to contact them in the future. Career Chat, in either Live Agent, or chatbot modes, can engage candidates, answer questions, pre-screen candidates, build candidate profiles, and allow candidates to search for jobs and even schedule interview times. The engagement abilities of a web chat solution are almost limitless, and the conversion rates are far superior to most corporate career sites.
Career Chat for live chat recruiting chatbots

7. Facebook Careers Page Engagement

Facebook recruiting is becoming more and more popular. Facebook Groups and Facebook promoted posts are generating applicants for many employers. But, Once a candidate gets to your Facebook Careers Page, what are they supposed to do? With an automated Messenger Recruitment Chatbot, candidates can “Send a Message” to the Facebook page chatbot. The Messenger chatbot can then engage the candidate, ask for their profile information, show them open jobs, videos about working at your company, and even create Job Alerts, over Messenger.

8. Candidate Experience with FAQs

Candidate experience is becoming critical in today’s recruitment marketing. With near full-employment in many areas of the US, candidates more options than ever before. As such, Talent Acquisition leaders need to make it easy, simple, and engaging, during the candidate journey. Recruitment Chatbots can not only engage candidates in a Conversational exchange but can also answer recruiting FAQs, a barrier that stops many candidates from applying. With a recruiting web chat solution like Career Chat, candidates can learn more about the company and engage recruiters in Live Agent modes, or Chatbots in automated modes.Job Fair Registration chatbots

9. Job Fair Chatbot Registration & Reminders

Job Fairs or onsite recruiting events are becoming more and popular as a way to engage multiple candidates at once, interview them and even provide contingent offers onsite. The problem is generating interest, and then getting a candidate to show up. With a Text-based Job Fair Registration chatbot, employers can advertise their job fair on sites like CraigsList, using a call to action to “Text” your local chatbot phone number. Then, the job fair chatbot responds, registers the job seeker, and can then send automated upcoming reminders; including times, directions, and even the option to schedule a specific time to meet.

10. Job Alerts over Messaging

Recruitment Marketing Automation, for most companies, consists of sending automated job alerts via email. Email has an open rate of about 14% and email job alerts have a click-through rate of about 2% (based on statistics from ). Messaging Job Alerts, however, gets 95% Open Rates and 21% clickthrus.
Messaging is killing email, especially for the part-time hourly workforce. Currently, 25% or more, of the US workforce either doesn’t have or doesn’t use email regularly, to communicate. This number is only getting bigger, as the Messaging-First workforce continues to grow.

11. Employer Branding Content Distribution over Messaging

Engaging the right candidates is becoming crucial for employee retention. Unfortunately, Employer Branding is often expensive and time-consuming because it entails building content (article, blog posts, employee interviews, videos, etc), and then marketing that content to your primary candidate pool. While many companies are doing great at building employer branding content and getting that content on their career site, how many candidates are seeing it? How trackable is branding content? With chatbots, it’s possible to send automated messages to your existing subscribers, with your latest blog posts, videos, etc. all over multiple messaging platforms.

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GoBe, the virtual recruiting assistant, and arguably the best chatbot for recruiting, was named a Finalist for the  “Most Innovative Social Media Solution” for the 2017 Recruiting Innovation Service (ReSI) awards .

“The Recruiting Innovation Service awards are one of the highest honors bestowed upon a company in the recruitment technology market,” stated Jonathan Duarte, CEO of GoHire. “It’s a real honor to be a Finalist, because it’s a vote of confidence from our recruiting and HR clients.”

“Each year’s ReSI Winners are determined by recruiters and HR professionals in an annual online ballot that measures the scope and intensity of customer support for each nominee,” states Peter Weddle, CEO of, the trade association for Talent Acquisition solutions providers.

There are over 1.2 Billion people using Facebook Messenger each month, and over 2.1 Billion Facebook monthly users. Recruiting with Facebook is no longer an option, it’s a requirement, as that’s where the candidates are.

GoBe, a Virtual Recruiting Chatbot integrates to a companies’ Facebook Careers page, so Facebook users can ask Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about the company, the culture, and the recruiting process, as well as search for jobs, create a profile, get pre-screened for jobs, and even chat directly with recruiters.

Recruiters and HR teams can leverage their Facebook careers pages by engaging and educating infinitely more candidates about their company and culture, in an innovative way, that also pre-screens candidates.

With an ever tightening employment market, recruiting new employees means convincing candidates to leave their existing job, to come work for your company.

“Money alone, isn’t  the major driving force behind a leaving one company and going to another. Opportunity to advance, company culture, and doing meaningful work, are often mentioned as the top reasons for leaving a job,” states Duarte. “We’re helping companies tell their story and communicate with candidates using Messenger, Text Messaging, and Career Chat.”

The part-time, hourly workforce isn’t using email regularly, if at all, to communicate. Meanwhile, Messaging apps are being used 8 times more often than email. GoHire helps recruiters and HR connect and communicate with this “Messaging First” workforce.

Increase Employee Engagement with Viagra
Increase Employee Engagement with Viagra

Millions of dollars are spent every year on employee engagement.

We know employee engagement has a direct link to workforce productivity, but what we didn’t know is that Sex might just be the best employee engagement solution yet! Maybe we’re trying to use software to solve a human issue.

“We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it,” said Keith Leavitt, co-author of a recently released research report “From the Bedroom to the Office:Workplace Spillover Effects of Sexual Activity at Home.” Leavitt is an associate professor in Oregon State Universities College of Business, and co-authored the report with Christopher M. Barnes, Trevor Watkins, David T. Wagner.

Sex at home increased both daily job satisfaction and daily job engagement…

The results of the 2 week study of married, employed adults, showed the following:
1. When employees engaged in sex at home, they reported increased positive affect at work the following day, independent of the effects of marital satisfaction.
2. Sex at home increased both daily job satisfaction and daily job engagement as a function of increased positive affect.
3. Daily work-to-family strain-based conflict significantly reduced the likelihood of engaging in sex at home that evening.

So, there you have it… maybe Viagra, or Cialis is the new employee engagement and retention strategy?

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when someone actually bring this topic up to there Human Resources rep.


GoBe – The Job Bot, was recently listed on Botlist, one of the top directories for chatbots.

GoBe The Recruiting Chatbot on BotList


“Currently, Botlist is of the most active chatbot discovery sites”, states Jonathan Duarte, CEO and Co-Founder of GoHire, the company behind GoBe. “We are still in the early stage of chatbots and users finding and discovery chatbots.

Botlist has a search engine optimized chatbot discovery tool.