By James Scout/ Nov 28, 2022

Why the Tech Giant is Pushing Out so Many Recruiters May be Explained by a Memo That Amazon Leaked

As part of what is anticipated to be a months-long cycle of layoffs, Amazon extended a buyout offer to hundreds of its recruiters last week, offending and unsettling corporate employees across the company.

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Recode has now seen a private internal document that makes it seem possible that some of these workers will eventually be replaced by new artificial intelligence technology the business started testing last year.

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According to an internal paper from October 2021 marked "Amazon confidential," the tech giant has been working for at least the past year to transition some of its recruiters' tasks to an AI system that can predict which job applicants for specific corporate and warehouse jobs will be successful in a given role and fast-track them to an interview — without the involvement of a human recruiter.

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The technology, in part, operates by comparing the resumes of job applicants and those of current, productive Amazon employees.

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The Artificial Intelligence Recruitment team at Amazon's HR division developed the technology, also known as Automated Applicant Evaluation, or AAE, which was first trialed last year. Amazon first built AI hiring technology in the mid-2010s but discontinued its system after demonstrating a bias against women.

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According to the internal document, in an initial test, Amazon's HR division thought that new machine learning models successfully protected against biases based on race and gender.

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