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How AI Can Diversify Your Talent Pool With Non-Traditional Candidates


The use of AI is opening up new opportunities for non-traditional candidates who may have been previously overlooked or excluded due to traditional hiring methods. 

This has led to an increasing number of employers embracing AI-driven recruitment processes to ensure they are hiring the best talent for their organization.

In our previous blog, we discussed how AI is breaking down barriers in recruitment to help non-traditional candidates land roles. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how using AI in your recruitment process can actually expand your candidate pool with diverse talent. 

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Expanding Diversity

AI technology not only helps in automating recruitment tasks but also plays a crucial role in enhancing diversity.

Using data-driven algorithms, AI helps reduce bias and ensures that a diverse set of candidates is considered during the recruitment process. In fact, a 2022 Forbes article highlights that companies like Ogilvy and UNICEF have successfully utilized AI to improve diversity in their hiring processes. These AI-powered hiring platforms improve diversity by using lessons from behavioral science, such as anonymizing applications and removing gendered language from job descriptions, which can, in turn, make recruitment processes more inclusive.

By including non-traditional candidates in your talent pool, you have the opportunity to cultivate a highly diverse and inclusive work environment that not only fuels innovation but also encourages business growth.

How AI Contributes to Diversity

AI is also essential in bringing visibility to non-traditional candidates who may have difficulty connecting with employers. 

It enables recruiters to create search algorithms that look beyond traditional resumes and allows employers to broaden their search to find candidates who lack experience in the industry but have other professional skills that can be transferred. 

Moreover, as far back as 2019, IBM was projecting that AI could help mitigate bias and improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Biases, whether intentional or not, can hinder a company’s ability to hire, promote, and recognize diverse employees. However, by using AI tools to analyze job applications, companies can overcome these obstacles and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

With AI, recruiters can also assess potential candidates on a broader range of criteria, such as soft skills and personality traits. Using big data analytics combined with predictive modeling, AI tools can evaluate non-traditional candidates on a holistic level, giving recruiters a more accurate representation of an individual’s ability to succeed in the role.

These are just a few examples of how AI can contribute to a diverse workforce. As AI continues to evolve, we will likely see even more innovative ways to use AI to diversify talent pools.

Future Trends 

In the future, AI will continue to automate routine tasks, boosting operational efficiency and freeing up time for recruiters. This will enable recruiters to focus on more complex tasks such as candidate engagement and onboarding. 

Additionally, AI-powered recruitment tools will become much more advanced, creating a personalized experience for each individual candidate. This includes providing tailored job recommendations and customizing the screening process to match each applicant’s specific background.


Of course, using AI in recruitment is just one piece of a much larger puzzle when it comes to ensuring diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Employers still need to actively ensure that their hiring processes are fair and inclusive for all applicants, regardless of their background or experience level. While AI can be a powerful tool in promoting diversity, it’s crucial to use it responsibly and ethically. 

Companies that have successfully integrated AI into their hiring processes have seen tangible improvements in workplace diversity, reinforcing the importance of AI in modern recruitment strategies.

We hope this has given you some valuable insights to consider. If you are a company seeking to hire or an executive looking for a career change, feel free to get in touch to learn how we can assist you.

Alan Cutter

Alan Cutter founded New York City's premier digital recruiting agency, AC Lion International, and continues to lead the growing company as their fearless CEO. For over 20 years, AC Lion has been the trusted provider of revenue generating talent in the digital and technology landscape. Our reach spans from innovative venture-backed startups to enterprise level organizations. AC Lion is a proud member of the Lionseye Group, a collective of brands furthering talent acquisition through Venture Capital, HR Technology and Thought Leadership.