In the fast-paced world of recruitment, the advent of AI-generated resumes has introduced a new layer of complexity to the hiring process. As job seekers and employers strive for transparency and authenticity, the ability to differentiate between genuine candidates and AI-driven impersonators becomes paramount. Let’s unravel the telltale signs of AI-generated resumes, our best tips for spotting them, and how to ensure your hiring decisions are based on real qualifications and experiences.

The Challenge of AI-Generated Resumes

As AI technology continues to advance, it has found its way into various facets of our lives, including the recruitment process. The allure of efficiency and accuracy drives employers to utilize AI-powered tools for candidate screening and selection. However, this advancement isn’t without its challenges.

We can’t keep regulating AI as if it […] works. Most policy interventions start with the assumption that the technology lives up to its claims of performance, but policymakers & critical scholars need to stop falling for the corporate hype and should scrutinize these claims more. – Harvard Business Review, Meredith Broussard Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University

With this in mind, approach AI integrations with a cautious eye. AI, like anything else, is not an absolute, regardless of popular claims.

Red Flags to Watch Out For with AI-Generated Resumes 

Generic Language and Lack of Personalization: AI-generated resumes often lack the personal touch and individuality found in genuine documents. Look for generic phrases, vague language, and a lack of specific details about accomplishments, projects, or experiences. Genuine candidates typically infuse their resumes with unique narratives that reflect their journey.

Overemphasis on Keywords: AI-generated resumes may overuse keywords to appeal to automated applicant tracking systems (ATS). If you notice an excessive repetition of certain terms that seems unnatural within the context of the resume, it might be a red flag. Also, keep an eye out for the overuse of specific keywords used in your job ad. While candidates strategically use keywords, an excessive use could signal AI involvement.

While some human resources departments and hiring specialists manually review applications, many organizations rely on resume artificial intelligence (AI) scanners. This technology compares resumes to job descriptions to determine which candidates can advance in the hiring process. – Indeed, How To Optimize Your Resume for AI Scanners (With Tips)

* Job Seekers, be wary of the over use of keywords. Job seekers often have to “play the game” to some extent to overcome hurdles of ATS’s. It is advised to use keywords if they are used correctly and accurately describe your experience. If you DO decide to use AI to create a resume, make sure you actually read over the content produced and make edits. It is benefical to use a credible AI-Generated Resume source over a general AI program. At Merito Group we advise our candidates interested in using an AI tool to use Careerflow’s Resumes On Demand.

Unusual Formatting and Errors: While AI technology has come a long way, it can still struggle with formatting intricacies that humans usually get right. Pay attention to inconsistent fonts, spacing, bullet points, or formatting errors that could indicate an AI-generated resume.

Inconsistencies and Awkward Phrasing: AI-generated content might inadvertently produce awkward phrasing, unnatural language patterns, or inconsistencies in writing style. Keep an eye out for language that doesn’t flow smoothly or lacks the nuances typical of human communication.

Absence of Soft Skills and Small Oddities: AI has difficulty capturing the subtle characteristics of human behavior, including soft skills like adaptability, creativity, and emotional intelligence. If a resume appears overly focused on hard skills and lacks any mention of soft skills, it could be a sign of AI involvement. Again think back to a resumes that illustrates the journey of the candidate, not just the skill set.

Trust Your Instincts: Lastly, trust your instincts. If something feels off or too good to be true, it’s worth investigating further. Genuine candidates have unique stories and experiences that are difficult for AI to replicate convincingly.


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Embracing the Human Touch

While AI can certainly assist in many aspects of recruiting, the human touch remains irreplaceable. As AI technology continues to evolve, so do the tactics of those attempting to exploit it. By being vigilant and utilizing the tips outlined above, you can effectively spot AI-generated resumes and ensure that your hiring decisions are based on genuine qualifications and experiences.

In this era of rapid technological advancement, your ability to discern between the lines and beyond the words will play a vital role in building a talented and authentic team that drives your organization forward.

Remember, while AI may guide, it is the human insight that truly leads

Ellie LaPosha

Ellie LaPosha

Marketing Manager

Meet Ellie, our esteemed team member who joined Merito Group in March 2023. With a background as the Marketing Director of a local wedding venue in Missouri, Ellie brings a wealth of experience in marketing strategy and execution. Prior to that, she honed her skills by working with small businesses, focusing on small business website design and brand development. Today, Ellie leads our dedicated marketing team, driving our clients’ success through user experience and digital marketing expertise. Her passion for creating impactful campaigns and delivering exceptional results makes her an invaluable asset to our organization.