By Craig Shoneman, Director, Offering Management, IBM Talent Management Solutions

This has really been an exciting year for IBM in the HR space. Earlier this year, we released new AI-powered solutions designed to transform the talent space. First, we released Watson Recruitment, a solution designed to increase quality of hire and speed of hire. Then we launched Watson Candidate Assistant, which delivers a brand new type of job seeker experience. Finally, we launched Watson Talent Frameworks Publisher, a skills solution that enables companies to drive talent development and hiring through a common skills dataset.

I am so pleased that one of these solutions was recognized today for its innovation. Human Resource Executive magazine named Watson Candidate Assistant as a Top HR Product of 2018 – a tremendous honor for the entire IBM team. The editors of Human Resource Executive, as well as outside experts and analysts, chose winners of this exclusive award based on level of innovation, value added to the HR function, intuitiveness for the user, and ability to deliver on what it promises.

By using natural language, Watson Candidate Assistant transforms the job seeker experience from the traditional keyword search to a conversation. The AI-powered virtual assistant engages job seekers in personalized career discussions and recommends positions that fit them best. While there are other chatbots out there, many simply ask people which jobs they are interested in. Watson Candidate Assistant’s job matching algorithm provides recommendations to someone based on their actual skills and background. This has significant advantages:

  • Speed – job seekers can see the jobs right for them very quickly  
  • Confidence – job seekers are confident the roles presented are a good fit, unlike when they look at a simple job description
  • Unique recommendations – job seekers may see jobs they are a great fit for that they wouldn’t have otherwise thought of

I am really proud of this award. But I am even more proud of the results IBM clients and job seekers are seeing from their use of Watson Candidate Assistant. BuzzFeed is a great example — the team combined Watson Candidate Assistant with Uncubed’s content expertise, analytics, and supporting technology. BuzzFeed embraced the opportunity to make its recruitment system more efficient and help hiring managers pinpoint top performers.

Want to hear other success stories? I invite you to join this Wednesday’s webcast, "How AI and Beer Make for a Pioneering Candidate Experience." Tune in to hear about the interactive, tech-forward candidate experience of ZX Ventures, the innovation group of AB InBev.

Are you in Las Vegas for the HR Technology Conference this week? Stop by our booth (#1319) to try out Watson Candidate Assistant yourself. We’ll also be featured within the Human Resource Executive magazine booth (#3022) on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am PST.

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