When Ian Siegel, co-founder and CEO of California-based ZipRecruiter Inc., wanted to recruit artificial intelligence specialists to work on his job listing aggregation platform, he found himself vying for top talent head to head with Google, Facebook and Linkedin. Silicon Valley could not spare the talent he needed, and so Mr. Segal looked to Israel, where ZipRecruiter opened a research and development center in 2015.
Since then, the company’s research and development center in Tel Aviv more than doubled its size, from 12 employees to 30. In an interview with Calcalist, Mr. Siegel said the company is planning to hire 100 more employees in Israel in 2018. The Tel Aviv center is dedicated to artificial intelligence technologies, and the developments that stemmed from it have differentiated ZipRecruiter from other web-based human resources services such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder, Mr. Siegel said.
ZipRecruiter had been using AI technologies to identify and match candidates and employers. Now, Mr. Siegel has set his sight on a new goal: to make the entire recruitment process shorter, preferably to under one day. Mr. Siegel told Calcalist he wants to make recruiting employees a “real-time activity,” in which employers publish an ad and immediately begin interacting with potential candidates. “We are really close,” he said. “People do not understand what a paradigm shift we are on the cusp of here. because if you could literally sit down and start engaging with high-quality candidates, you would decide to recruit anyone to hire that day or maybe the next day.”
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