4 reasons why ChatGPT will never replace recruiters – Jim Stroud’s expert insights

“While ChatGPT can accomplish several routine recruitment tasks in mere seconds, it cannot replace the human touch that is essential to successful recruiting.”

Jim Stroud
HR and Recruitment Influencer
Reasons why ChatGPT will never replace recruiters


ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, captivating people with its abilities and leaving many wondering about its impact on their careers. 

From screening resumes and candidates to ideating interview questions and customizing job descriptions, the AI tool can accomplish several routine recruitment tasks in mere seconds.

In light of this, recruiters are concerned that ChatGPT may replace them soon.

But I say, ChatGPT will never replace recruiters. 

Here are 4 reasons why.

Comic strip by Jim Stroud

1. Recruiting is about building relationships

A recruiter’s job is to connect with potential candidates, learn about their experience, skills, and aspirations, and then match them with job opportunities. 

AI simply cannot replicate this. 

ChatGPT may be able to answer common questions but cannot build rapport or establish trust with candidates.

2. Recruiting involves multiple stakeholders

Recruiting is a complex process that involves multiple stakeholders. 

A good recruiter needs to be able to work with hiring managers, HR departments, and other decision-makers to identify suitable candidates and bring them on board. 

ChatGPT may be able to help with some of the administrative tasks involved in recruiting, but it cannot manage relationships with stakeholders or navigate complex organizational structures.

3. Recruiting requires industry expertise

Recruiting is about understanding the nuances of the job market and the needs of different industries and companies. 

While ChatGPT can be trained on a wide range of topics, it cannot replace the expertise and experience of a seasoned recruiter who has worked in a particular industry or field. 

Recruiters bring a wealth of knowledge and insights to the table that simply cannot be replicated by AI.

4. Recruiting depends on empathy and emotional intelligence

A recruiter needs to understand candidates’ needs and desires. 

They need to provide support, encouragement, feedback, and constructive criticism. 

ChatGPT may be able to provide some emotional support, but it cannot replace the human touch that is essential to successful recruiting.

A lesson from Amazon Go

As a fascinating aside, let’s take a trip down memory lane to when Amazon first experimented with cashier-less stores. 

In 2018, they unveiled Amazon Go in Seattle, a futuristic concept many believed would spell the end for retail workers. 

The vision of a store without cashiers seemed like a natural evolution of technology, building on the automation that had already transformed many jobs.

The premise was straightforward: customers used their smartphones to enter the store while cameras and sensors tracked their movements and the items they selected. 

Upon leaving, they’d be automatically charged for their purchases. This innovative approach promised to streamline the shopping experience by eliminating cashiers and reducing wait times and errors.

Fast forward to today, and Amazon has decided to close several of its Amazon Go locations. While the reasons remain somewhat unclear, it’s speculated that these stores may not have been profitable or that Amazon is refocusing on other aspects of its business.

So, why bring this up? 

At its core, the technology aims to augment human performance. People play an essential role in the success of businesses, and overlooking their value can have serious repercussions.

Final thoughts

Recruiting is a complex, relationship-driven process that requires empathy, emotional intelligence, and expertise that AI cannot replicate. 

The human element will always be integral to recruiting, regardless of new technologies and working methods.

Think I’ve missed a reason why ChatGPT won’t replace recruiters? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


Jim Stroud

With over a decade of experience in recruitment and sourcing, Jim Stroud has consulted for companies such as Microsoft, Google, Siemens, and a host of startup companies. During his tenure with Randstad Sourceright, he alleviated the sourcing and recruiting headaches of Randstad clients worldwide as its Global Head of Sourcing and Recruiting Strategy. Quite recently, he served as VP, Marketing for Proactive Talent – the most recognized and respected name in talent attraction, hiring and retention. Presently, he produces “The Recruiting Life,” a comic strip about the world of work while seeking out his next career adventure.

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