In today’s job market, finding suitable candidates for a job opening can be challenging and time-consuming for recruiters. However, technology is now playing a vital role in streamlining the recruitment process, and one such technology is ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a powerful tool recruiters can use to source the best-fit candidates for their clients.

In this article, we will discuss how ChatGPT can help recruiters create a Boolean search string to search for the most suitable candidates and also how it can aid in sourcing for companies that employ candidates with similar experience and skill sets.

With ChatGPT, recruiters can now source faster and smarter, making the recruitment process more efficient and effective. So, let’s dive in and see how ChatGPT can revolutionise the recruitment landscape!

What is ChatGPT 3.5?

OpenAI developed an advanced language model called ChatGPT 3.5 (free version). This model is built on the GPT-3 architecture (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3), which enables it to generate text that resembles human-like responses. It has been trained on large amounts of internet data, allowing it to understand and generate text about different topics. Answer provided by ChatGPT.

How does ChatGPT 3.5 work in simple terms

ChatGPT 3.5 is an intelligent computer program capable of holding conversations with people. It has been trained through extensive data from the internet, including books, articles, and websites. This training helps ChatGPT 3.5 to understand and discuss various topics with people.

When you interact with ChatGPT 3.5, you can ask it questions or start a discussion on a particular topic. Its training allows it to generate responses based on learned information and make sense to the users. ChatGPT 3.5 tries to provide helpful and meaningful answers during a conversation.

The ChatGPT 3.5 utilises an artificial intelligence method to mimic human-like thinking and learning abilities. However, a computer program processes the input language using a “transformer” technique to generate natural-sounding responses.

ChatGPT 3.5 is a computer program that can converse with people using information from the internet to understand and respond to questions and topics. It is similar to having an intelligent chat partner. Answer provided by ChatGPT.

Boolean String


I would like your help with setting up a Boolean search string to find candidates for a job I have.

Ask me at least 10 questions about the job, candidate profile and company profile in order to complete the task.

The answer will most likely be something along the lines of:

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In the prompt below their response, type in your answers in the same format, i.e.:

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After you get the results, you can refine (remove/add some words and take out the ‘AND’ operators, although you can ask ChatGPT to do this for you as well) them and copy/paste it into your Google search bar. If you want to search on LinkedIn or Research Gate, add “SITE:ZA.LINKEDIN.COM/IN” or “SITE:RESEARCHGATE.NET” to your search. If you wish to search all university sites in South Africa, add “INURL:AC.ZA” to your search.

Here’s a handy list of operators from Irina Shamaeva.

For up-to-date courses on Sourcing, go to Vanessa Raath‘s Academy page.

Find companies where you can source/headhunt from:


Please give me a list of at least 20 updated financial services company names in Cape Town that employ Quantitative Analysts or Quants Analysts with a Degree in Mathematics or Statistics or Computer Science who use R, Python, and Matlab.

You’ll receive a list of companies you can contact and headhunt from or use to narrow your search.

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Tip for ChatGPT: Download the Google Chrome Extension, and you’ll notice a ‘web access’ option at the bottom of your prompt box. Play around, and see what happens.

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By adding the Google Chrome extension, ChatGPT 3.5 gains the ability to browse and retrieve information directly from the internet. This allows the model to access current data and expand its knowledge beyond its training.

The web access feature in ChatGPT 3.5 improves its abilities in the recruitment industry by allowing it to extract information from various online sources, such as job portals, professional networks, and company websites. This feature helps recruiters gather current data about industry trends, candidate profiles, and job openings, making the recruitment process more efficient and accurate.

“AI will not replace recruiters, but recruiters who use AI will replace recruiters who don’t.” ~Unknown

Here are 3 articles with more ways recruiters can use ChatGPT:

RecruitingDaily5 More Ways Recruiters Can Use ChatGPT

RecruitingDaily6 Ways to Use ChatGPT for Recruiting Today

Occupop Applicant Tracking SoftwareHow to use ChatGPT in Recruitment [12 sample use cases]

The use of ChatGPT in the recruitment industry is a step towards modernisation, which is essential for staying competitive in the current market. Recruiters must embrace technology to make recruitment processes more efficient, faster, and cost-effective. Using ChatGPT, recruiters can focus on high-value tasks like interviewing, building candidate relationships, and shaping organisational culture.

The fear of AI and ChatGPT replacing human recruiters is unwarranted, as the ultimate goal is to leverage these platforms to enhance the overall recruitment process.