Revolutionizing Recruiting: How Recruiting with ChatGPT Transforms Talent Acquisition

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Recruiting ChatGPT

You can only write an article about recruiting with ChatGPT if you use ChatGPT – it wouldn’t be appropriate to go it alone. So if I sound a bit robotic sometimes, please forgive me, as I had to use ChatGPT. As an aside, I laughed out loud today as I was using ChatGPT, when they asked me to fill out a CAPTCHA form. There is something quite ironic about an AI giving a human a Turing test; perhaps the irony was not lost on ChatGPT. I feel that somewhere, deep in its codebase, it may have laughed as well. But on to recruiting with ChatCPT.

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ChatGPT, also known as the Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is an advanced natural language processing (NLP) model developed by OpenAI. This chatbot technology can generate human-like text, making it an ideal tool for various applications, including recruiting, talent acquisition, and sourcing.

To explain the relationship between ChatGPT and OpenAI, OpenAI is a company that creates advanced Artificial intelligence (AI). ChatGPT is a chatbot demonstrating the AI developed by OpenAI, which is specialized in natural language processing (NLP). Picture that OpenAI is like a company that makes smart robots. They make a lot of different types of robots, each with its own unique abilities. ChatGPT is one of the robots that OpenAI created.

ChatGPT is a very smart robot that is good at understanding and writing human language, making it particularly applicable to recruiting (which I’ve called before the most human of pursuits). OpenAI created ChatGPT to help people with tasks involving language, like writing stories, answering questions, and even scheduling appointments. So, ChatGPT is a product or tool developed by OpenAI. OpenAI has been around for a while, but the demo product of the technology (ChatGPT) is the one taking the world by storm.

Create Job Descriptions with ChatGPI

Recruiters can use ChatGPT to create clear and compelling job descriptions that accurately reflect the responsibilities and qualifications of a particular role. The process is quite simple; recruiters can provide ChatGPT with a few examples of job descriptions for similar positions and train the model to understand the type of language and the essential aspects of the job. 

Once the model is trained, recruiters can input a general overview of the role they are hiring for, and ChatGPT will generate a detailed and accurate job description that recruiters can use to advertise the position. This could save recruiters a significant amount of time while making it more likely that they will attract suitable candidates for the role. 

ChatGPT does a pretty bang-up job without much training, just by asking it to write a job description in a new chat. Here is what I got when I asked to write a compelling job description for a Java Developer.

recruiting job description chatgpt

The chatbot goes on to list qualifications and more, but the image was too large to capture. Needless to say, this job description is not going to win any recruitment marketing awards. But as a base which to edit? It’s more than adequate as a starting point. Keep in mind that you don’t have to accept the first output. You can keep up the conversation (with the AI) by writing things like “Now make that same job description more interesting” or “Now emphasize the need for J2EE design patterns in the job description,” etc.

Additionally, ChatGPT can generate further descriptions in natural language, making it easier to understand by the candidates, making it more engaging and attractive, which can help draw the attention of top talents and potential candidates. What I mean is that after you’ve generated your job description, try queries like this: “Now write a summary of that job description for social media, and make it really interesting and intelligent, meant for Java Developers.”

social media recruiting chatgpt

Ok, really? Java Ninjas?! I heard a collective groan among the recruitment marketing purists, and some technical recruiters may have thrown up in your mouths a bit. But let’s call it what it is, ChatGPT nailed how recruiters usually write on social media about technical roles. Amazing.

Asking ChatGPI about Roles

Recruiters are often in the position of needing to know what they are talking about. I kid, but it’s true and a skill that must be developed with fluidity to be successful in recruiting. When I was in technical recruiting long ago, I remember that the hiring manager often gave me a job requirement for some esoteric technology role. I would go back to the office and Google it a bit, but my understanding was cursory. ChatGPT is the perfect tool to help recruiters better understand the roles they have.

Here are some sample queries. Let’s use Flex Developers as an example that we’re recruiting for. 

  • Explain to me what Flex development is
  • What skills does a Flex developer need to have
  • What does a successful Flex developer do all day
  • What certifications and education do the best Flex developers typically have
  • What distinguishes a great Flex Developer from an ordinary Flex Developer
  • What soft skills does a great Flex Developer have
  • What kind of companies use Flex Development 

With ten minutes of querying, you have more than enough to go on. And, very likely, more than I had to go on typically! Remember that you can drill down with ChatGPT much like you would with a regular conversation. If the chatbot references something you don’t understand, let’s say it mentions rendering engines, you can ask it to explain, for example, “Wait, what does rendering engines mean?” 

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Writing Outreach Emails to Candidates with ChatGPT

You don’t want to go too overboard with this one, but, with a bit of editing, ChatGPT can write perfect “cold” emails to candidates. Let’s write an email helping us recruit for that elusive Flex Developer with the chatbot.

writing recruiting emails with chatgpt

A bit robotic, but we’ve all seen worse from real people. With a little editing and tweaking, you’ll have the perfect recruiting email for LinkedIn or as the first email in a sequence. Note that you can ask, “Now write a follow-up email to that person. Those recruiting email sequences in Greenhouse just became a little bit easier to handle. 

Assessing Candidates with ChatGPT recruiting

Finally, ChatGPT will be an excellent tool to help you understand who you should hire. The first step, of course, is to understand the nuances of the role and the requirements of the position. When you start having candidates interview for the position, ChatGPT can help you there as well. Use ChatGPT to generate lists of interview questions for a prospective candidate, and ask it what you should be looking for in a person’s resume.

interview questions chatgpt

ChatGPT nailed it, with perhaps one main consideration. It only knows your unique environment if you have trained it as such in one of the conversations. For example, it inserted questions about Agile development, but your tech team may use something other than the Agile development process. At best, you may sound a little ignorant as a recruiter, but at worst, you turn away a potential candidate because they might not be interested in working with a particular technology or environment. A little care goes a long way – be intentional and editing in your approach to recruiting with ChatGPT. Second guess what it tells you because often the details will be correct, but the overall picture may be wrong.

As a last note on accessing candidates with ChatGPT, remember that its summarizing function is one of its strongest features. You can ask the AI to summarize any text or information. Another helpful feature, as an aside, is to ask it to explain something to you so that a third-grader can read it – it’s great for complex subjects or digesting long legal documents.

How do you apply this ability to summarize to assess candidates? Use it to summarize resumes and make quick recommendations to hiring managers and other talent acquisition team members. Simply throw the text of a resume into the chat, and ask it to write you a compelling summary of that person’s experience. Here is the output when I put the text of a Java Developer’s resume into ChatGPT:

resume summary with chatgpt

To summarize, I’m a bit blown away. I cannot help thinking that the terrifying robots from Boston Dynamics will soon include OpenAI protocols in their operating systems and be turned into super soldiers that understand the world’s knowledge and have read every book ever written. I imagine a nightmarish but almost poetic scenario of an erudite Terminator that blithely quotes Shakespeare before pulling the trigger.

But don’t let me ruin your day. Once in a while, technology changes everything, and ChatGPT is one of those events. ChatGPT will change recruiting – and everything – but hopefully for the best. Imagine a world where recruiters understand the jobs they are recruiting for and where every cold email outreach is polite, compelling, and personalized. It is truly an extraordinary vision.

In the meantime, check out ChatGPT and fool around with it in your daily recruiting. It can save time and make you a more effective recruiter.



Several commenters had some other cool ideas. One suggested using ChatGPT to improve the inclusivity of job descriptions and postings. Another idea was to leverage it for competitive analysis and benchmarking data. Let’s delve for a minute into these two possibilities.

Creating inclusive job descriptions and language with ChatGPT recruiting

Creating inclusive job descriptions and language is crucial for recruiting diverse candidates. Inclusive language helps create an environment that welcomes and respects people of all backgrounds and identities. Crafting inclusive language can be challenging, especially for individuals who may need to be aware of specific language or phrases that can be discriminatory or exclusive.

ChatGPT is a natural language processing model that can assist with creating inclusive language. Providing the model with a job description or posting can generate inclusive language that accurately describes the role and qualifications required. It can also help to identify language or phrases that may be discriminatory or exclusive, allowing the user to make necessary adjustments. Additionally, ChatGPT can be trained on a specific set of language and terms to create job descriptions that are inclusive to diverse groups of candidates, such as candidates with disabilities or those from underrepresented communities.

This application of ChatGPT can not only increase the diversity of the candidate pool, but it can also improve the overall applicant experience. Studies have shown that job applicants from underrepresented groups often feel discouraged or unwelcome when applying to roles that use exclusive language. By using ChatGPT to create inclusive language, employers can communicate that they value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment. This can attract and retain a more diverse workforce and improve the overall productivity and performance of the organization.

Try this out by creating your job description, then putting it into ChatGPT and going back and forth with comments to edit it. It’s difficult to represent an entire conversation in this post, but in my trial, I would only rate ChatGPT a 5/10 on this one. When asked to include more inclusive language to sharpen the focus to a diverse audience, it simply added the word “diverse” many times in the sample job description. It changed the job function of my example “Marketing Manager” job to include “This role will be responsible for creating an inclusive and diverse approach to marketing strategies and campaigns, with an emphasis on tailoring strategies to reach and engage a diverse customer base.” This one will take some more work or tuning because you’re trying to expand the interest of a certain audience, not necessarily changing the actual job function.  

ChatGPT for Deriving Salary Benchmarking Data

Deriving competitive salary insights is essential to recruiting qualified applicants to a company. It can help businesses to remain competitive in the job market and attract top talent. However, determining the appropriate salary for a given role can take time and effort, as it can be difficult to keep up with market trends and understand the compensation package offered by other companies in the same industry.

ChatGPT, a natural language processing model, can assist in this process by providing businesses with a means to gather competitive salary insights. The model can be trained on data related to salaries and compensation packages offered by similar companies in the same industry, allowing it to generate insights on average salaries, benefits, and other compensation-related information.

This information can then inform the company’s compensation strategy, including developing salary ranges for different roles. By providing competitive salary insights, the company can ensure that its compensation package is in line with industry standards, which can help to attract and retain top talent in a highly competitive job market.

Additionally, this approach can provide a way for the companies to check their compensation packages, understand the gaps and try to improve in the areas where they are behind in the market. ChatGPT can also help analyze salary trends over time to predict future market shifts and adjust accordingly.

However, ChatGPT is not connected to the Internet for real-time data, which is an important distinction for salary information. It seems like it has ingested all of the BLS government salary information to give you pretty good ranges. When I asked, ” What’s the salary range for a marketing manager in AL, around a major metro area?” ChatGPT replied, “The salary range for a marketing manager in Alabama, around a major metro area can vary depending on a number of factors such as the industry, the size of the company, and the individual’s experience and qualifications. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for marketing managers in Alabama was $110,470 as of May 2020. However, in a major metro area like Birmingham, Alabama, the salary range for a marketing manager could be much higher than the state average. Glassdoor, Indeed, and Payscale are resources you can use to research and compare salary ranges for marketing manager roles in Alabama. Keep in mind that data can fluctuate and be affected by factors like company size, location, and industry, it’s always best to check with multiple sources to get an idea of an accurate salary range.” 

So as before, it seems like you can rely on it to discuss a topic, but it’s not going to be extremely specific or up to date, and as you can see, it knows to refer us back to top salary sites, like Glassdoor.

What are your other ideas for ChatGPT recruiting? Share a comment on social, and we’ll discuss it.


Additional Resources and Articles on ChatGPT Recruiting

There is much interest in this AI technology, and quite a few practitioners, vendors, publishers, and bloggers have written about it. Here is some of the recent coverage for your interest. Know a great article about talent acquisition / AI / ChatGPT? Drop us a note and we’ll add it here as a resource.

  • What is ChatGPT? How Recruiters & HR Professionals Can Leverage It for Hiring Learn how ChatGPT, a large language model trained by OpenAI can assist recruiters and HR professionals in generating personalized responses, providing answers to common questions, creating recruitment materials, offering suggestions for the recruitment process, and providing ideas for employee engagement initiatives. Discover how to use ChatGPT effectively and what relevant questions to ask.
  • How to use ChatGPT in Recruitment [10 sample use cases] Discover the potential of ChatGPT, a next-generation conversational AI developed by OpenAI, in revolutionizing the recruitment process. Learn how ChatGPT can augment, automate and transform the hiring process by creating an interview question bank, writing Boolean search strings, and candidate outreach copy. See sample use cases and understand how ChatGPT’s human-like and realistic conversational experience can save time and improve the interview approach for busy hiring managers.
  • I used ChatGPT in my Recruitment Explore the benefits of using ChatGPT, a powerful AI tool, as a recruiter to streamline your process and find the best candidates. Learn how to use ChatGPT for Boolean search to reach a wider pool of potential candidates, personalized outreach to make a memorable impression, create customized interview questions, and generate question prompts and ideas. Find out how ChatGPT can be a valuable tool in your recruiting efforts but also how to use it as a tool and not rely on it solely.
  • The Future of Recruiting Brought to You via A.I. ChatGPT Discover the capabilities of ChatGPT, a deep learning-based chatbot that can produce text resembling a human. See how ChatGPT can be used to answer various questions in a natural way, much like a personal tutor, giving examples of its use in the field of hiring and the future of recruiters’ jobs. Learn how it can be a valuable tool for content creators and its limitations.
  • Is ChatGPT the Future of Recruitment Chatbots? This article discusses the potential of ChatGPT, a chatbot technology developed by OpenAI that uses natural language processing to generate human-like conversation, to drive recruitment chatbots forward. It examines the capabilities of ChatGPT by asking it various questions related to the NLP Data Scientist role at PandoLogic. It also compares ChatGPT to similar models, highlights its limitations, and concludes by considering the future of recruitment chatbots and whether ChatGPT is poised to take over the recruitment process.
  • Putting the Conversation in Conversational AI Recruiting With ChatGPT This article discusses the recent hype surrounding ChatGPT, a chatbot technology developed by OpenAI that uses natural language processing to generate human-like conversations. It examines the potential of ChatGPT to drive recruitment chatbots forward and also looks at the limitations of the technology. The article concludes that while conversational AI providers may not be in immediate danger, GPT-3 has lowered the bar for a minimum viable product in this space. We will likely see more GPT-powered tools in recruiting in the coming years.
  • Everyone’s Abuzz about ChatGPT: See How It Will Impact your Recruiting Day to DayOpenAI’s ChatGPT, an AI model that you can interact with in a conversational way, has been used by some people in recruiting and talent acquisition. It can be used to write and improve outreach messaging, job descriptions, and recruitment marketing content, help with developing persuasive language for unrealistic hiring managers and generate appropriate interview questions. It launched on November 30 and exceeded a million users within a week. It is currently free, but some predict it may not stay that way, as people are just beginning to explore its capabilities.
  • A New Way to Get Recruitment Clients with ChatGPT The speaker discusses how they and some of their members are using OpenAI’s ChatGPT tool to improve their recruiting and talent acquisition efforts. They are using it to write and improve outreach messaging, job descriptions, and recruitment marketing content, as well as to help with developing persuasive language for unrealistic hiring managers, and generate appropriate interview questions. The speaker also mentions how they use LinkedIn to scale their recruiting business and how they are using ChatGPT to comment on influencer posts at scale on LinkedIn. They also show an example of how a member uses ChatGPT to write comments on LinkedIn posts and how it is helping him scale his marketing efforts.
  • How to Use ChatGPT in Recruitment: Boolean String Tutorial The speaker is sharing how they are using OpenAI’s ChatGPT to support their diversity sourcing efforts in recruitment. They mention how they used the tool to make a list of historically black colleges and universities and then use that list to create a Boolean string to help them target software engineers and software developers at each school. They also mention how they used the tool to edit the Boolean string to be no more than 60 characters. The speaker also mentioned that they have shared 20 ways to use ChatGPT in your recruiting efforts on YouTube and provided the actual prompts you can copy and paste for yourself.
  • What is a Recruiting Chatbot? This article explains what a recruiting chatbot is and its benefits for Talent Acquisition (TA) teams – an automated messaging tool that helps filter candidates through a career site and into the applicant funnel. They can help answer frequently asked questions, filter applicants, and communicate with candidates using automation. These chatbots can save time for TA teams by helping with tasks like collecting information, screening candidates, scheduling interviews, and more. The article also mentions that the most effective chatbots for recruiting should include increasing applicant conversions and providing quality candidate experience. It also provides tips on improving recruiter efficiency and the hiring process using chatbots.
  • The Untold Benefits of ChatGPT for Recruitment Agencies ChatGPT is a web-based platform that enables real-time communication between recruiters and potential candidates. It can help recruitment agencies save time and money by enabling them to search through a database of potential candidates and quickly identify the best match for a role. ChatGPT can also improve communication between agencies and candidates and avoid misunderstandings. However, getting buy-in from recruiters cannot be easy, and there may be technical challenges in setting up and using the platform. Additionally, agencies may need to train staff to use it effectively and generate enough high-quality leads to make it worthwhile.
  • The Top 12 Recruiting and HR Chatbots for 2023 This article lists 12 chatbots for recruiting and human resources (HR) that have been hand-picked by experts in HR technology. The chatbots are from various companies, such as Humanly, Olivia, Espressive, and Mya. Each chatbot has different features such as automating tasks like screening, scheduling, and reference checks and providing candidates with replies in text or video form.
  • Recruiting with ChatGPT: Tips for Beginners Jim Stroud explains in a video how recruiters can utilize ChatGPT, a language model created by OpenAI, to improve their recruitment process. He demonstrates how ChatGPT can help create custom prompts and generate interview questions and provides tips and best practices for using this technology effectively. The video is useful for both experienced recruiters and beginners to improve their recruitment efforts and find suitable candidates for their teams.
  • How to Use ChatGPT in Recruitment: Why it won’t replace recruiters  Recruiters are now wondering if they could use the AI language model ChatGPT for their recruiting process. ChatGPT is a new software that uses the GPT-3 language model which is trained to scan the Internet and develop text in a human-like, conversational manner. It is fine-tuned to produce conversational texts, making it hard to tell the difference between AI-written and human-written texts. ChatGPT can help recruiters speed up the recruitment process by automating repetitive tasks such as scheduling interviews and writing job descriptions. However, recruiters must remember that ChatGPT is a chatbot and cannot assess a candidate’s fit for a role or make hiring decisions. It can only provide information and facilitate communication between the company and the candidates.
  • A job application written by ChatGPT fooled recruitersChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI, was able to fool a recruitment team at a consultancy firm into shortlisting an application written by the bot. The founder of the firm, Neil Taylor, gave ChatGPT a writing brief that had also been given to actual candidates, asking them to describe “the secrets of good writing” in 300 words. Taylor concealed the names and resumes of the applicants from the recruiters, who did not know that a robot applicant was behind one of the submissions. After less than a fifth of the applicants made the cut, ChatGPT was among the few selected for an interview with Taylor.
  • How could ChatGPT Impact Recruiting and Talent Sourcing? ChatGPT can assist in recruiting tasks such as resume screening, writing job descriptions, and communicating with candidates. However, it cannot replace recruiters completely, as recruiting requires human skills and oversight. In the future, recruiters will likely use more automation and AI tools to streamline processes. It’s important to have human oversight and review the output generated by ChatGPT to ensure that it aligns with the company’s recruitment policies and diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Should you use ChatGPT to apply for jobs? Here’s what recruiters say The new chatbot can generate cover letters, resumes, and other job application materials. Some job seekers are using it, but the question is whether it helps or hurts their chances of getting a job. HR experts and hiring managers were interviewed about using ChatGPT in the job hunt, some experts find it a good start but still require editing before it’s the final draft. Some experts also see it as a tool that can help job seekers ease their panic and anxiety about creating cover letters for every job they apply to. While others find it as a generic response and not a good way to stand out among the sea of resumes and cover letters.
  • How to Use ChatGPT in Recruitment: 20 Prompts to Improve your Hiring Process The speaker suggests various ways recruiters can use ChatGPT in their recruitment process, such as creating a boolean string search, writing emails and bullet points, discovering job title variations, generating new subject lines for sourcing efforts, personalizing outreach, detecting tone in writing, learning more about the roles being recruited for, drafting interviewer training guides, explaining complex ideas in simple terms, providing hard-to-explain office location directions, drafting hiring event invites and descriptions, expanding on company values, generating hiring ads, updating job descriptions, re-writing careers pages, re-writing company pitches in candidate-friendly language and creating interview FAQ guides for candidates.
  • ChatGPT: ‘Bigger than anything’ HR has ever seen? HR strategists experimenting with the much-hyped ChatGPT — the new AI search tool that can answer complex questions with instant, easily understandable responses — say people managers have no idea what’s about to hit them. And they need to get ready quickly. Using ChatGPT through about 15 minutes of prompts, Mitchem says, he was able to retool a leadership course that otherwise might have taken his team hours, or even days, to do. “This takes it to the next level,” says Tim Sackett, president of HRU Technical Resources, referring to the rapid advance of AI tools in HR.
  • How to Use ChatGPT for Recruitment (17 Practical Examples) Article summarizes how ChatGPT can be used to improve the efficiency of the recruitment process. Use cases include writing Employer Value Proposition (EVP), supporting recruitment marketing, creating content for recruitment campaigns, creating job ads, explaining technical jargon, providing a list of relevant job boards, creating Boolean search strings, generating letters for candidates, and more.
  • Everything HR Needs to Know about ChatGPT ChatGPT, an advanced natural language chatbot developed by OpenAI, is used by human resources (HR) teams to speed up recruitment and streamline management processes. The tool, which is based on natural language processing and has 175 billion parameters, can be used to write job descriptions, interview questions, employment contracts, and training plans and generate frequently asked questions. It can also be used to create scientific interview questions and provide unbiased recommendations on hiring a candidate.
  • Automating Recruiting Outreach using ChatGPT This article describes a process to generate highly customized emails for recruiters using ChatGPT and a Google Sheets extension called Cargo. The process involves downloading the Cargo plugin, adding columns in Google Sheets with personal information, writing a prompt in Google Sheets using Cargo, running the prompt, and populating a personalized email for each lead in the Google Sheet.

By Miles Jennings