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Jeremy Roberts, VP and CMO Hiring Solved TotalPicture Radio interview with Peter ClaytonJeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is Vice President, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He's a frequent speaker at many industry events including SourceCon, ERE, and TalentNet. -- Not surprising since he's the previous Editor of SourceCon. Jeremy spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager.

If you're attending SourceCon this spring in Anaheim, California, be sure to catch Jeremy's presentation on Wednesday, March 15th: How to Ensure You Survive the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Disruption. And yes, machine learning certainly qualifies in 2017, for buzzword bingo.

Welcome to a Talent Acquisition Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio. I'm your host Peter Clayton.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to meet Jeremy at the HIREconf in New York City, an event organized by HiringSolved. Jeremy was the conference chair. He and his team assembled a terrific lineup of speakers, which we'll get into in this conversation. But first, I need to give a shout-out to Ryan Leary and the entire RecruitingDaily team for including me in the media coverage of the conference. Very much appreciated!


Jeremy, welcome to TotalPicture Radio.

Hard to know where to begin. Let's start with HiringSolved. Tell us about the company.

Again Kudos on your event in New York. I'm hoping and assuming you're going to be organizing more of these?

In my open I mentioned your session at SourceCon, dealing with AI and Machine Learning, so let's give our listeners a little sneak preview. First can you define for us machine learning, and specifically how it relates to recruiting, talent acquisition and sourcing?

Jeremy: The basic definition of Machine learning is that it's "a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can change when exposed to new data."

For recruiting purposes, machine learning has already drastically changed the way candidates are sourced. Take profile aggregation for example, after billions of datapoints about people are gathered, machine learning algorithms are able to work with that data to make the connections to create unified profiles.

One of the things that machines learn from data is that there is emergent truth in data. One of the earliest machine learning tech that we all use is spam filters. It is able to see patterns in data over time to create a better filter.

There is intelligence in the data itself. If you're using intelligent systems to work with that data. Intelligent predictions even without human interactions. If you add human interactions, it becomes even more dynamic.

Okay. Your perspective on Artificial Intelligence.

Recently, Talent Tech Labs published a Trends Report (you'll find a link in Jeremy's show notes), that features an article by HiringSolved CEO Shon Burton. I highly recommend reading this report. As Shon point out, lots of companies are faking it, just riding the AI buzz wave. Jeremy can you expand on this, and perhaps a little bit of the history Shon wrote about?

Back to your event in New York -- we started the day off with Glen Cathey who dove into machine learning, Johnny Campbell from Social Talent -- gave an excellent presentation on diversity recruiting, Mark Tortorici spoke about How to Leverage Data to Influence Hiring Managers and the Business -- Michael Monaghan shared some email magic and solid statistics -- Todd Davis blew everyone's mind with Facebook sourcing tactics -- Maisha Cannon talked about working more effectively with hiring managers -- yeah this was a one day conference and I'm not done. Matt Charney led a discussion on military recruiting with a panel of three experts -- We had Cindy Ailsesky, the VP of Global Recruitment at Glaxco Smith Kline discuss the company's challenges in employment branding and finally, Stacy Zapar gave the closing keynote: An A-Team Guide to Recruitment Tools & Technologies - a funny analogy to the old 80's TV show.

So Jeremy, what were some of your takeaways from the event?

How can our listeners connect with you?

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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