HR Insights: The Podcast, Series 6 - Would You Use AI To Help Secure a Job?

Stuart Elliott

By Stuart Elliott


Nicky Garcea

Nicky Garcea

One of the biggest topics in conversation currently within a professional setting is AI and how it can change the working world, with the fear that it could eradicate some roles. Today our CEO and Host Stuart Elliott is joined by Nicky Garcea, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Cappfinity to talk about the use of AI in the Talent Acquisition space. 


In this episode, Stuart and Nicky discuss how Nicky came to set up Cappfinity; a skills-based talent intelligence business, they then cover where organisations currently sit in their relationship with AI, and whether candidates are more likely to use AI to secure a role. They also speak about current guidelines and regulations in relation to AI and automation. In contrast to AI being a predominant focus, there has been attention placed on skills-based hiring and development and Stuart and Nicky discuss whether the two conflict or complement each other. As the conversation draws to a close, Stuart asks where Nicky believes this topic would sit in 12 months and again in 5 years.


Nicky has a career spanning over 20+ years and is a chartered industrial and organisational psychologist passionate about how behavioural science can support the use of technology and AI in talent solutions. She has led on talent initiatives for over 250 global organisations, often in support of widening their talent pipelines. Nicky was featured on TAtech’s list of 100 Most Influential Talent Acquisition Thought Leaders and has co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work, she has also been featured in Forbes, Protocol,, Recruiter, The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. 

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Key Timestamps

  • 01:50 – Introducing Nicky Garcea and Cappfinity.
  • 12:26 – When did Nicky first hear about AI?
  • 16:28 – What are organisations currently doing with AI?
  • 22:09 – Candidates using AI to help secure roles.
  • 28:54 – Guidelines and regulations around AI.
  • 32:25 – Skills-based learning and development.
  • 37:46 – Soft skills vs hard skills.
  • 39:52 – The difference in AI in 12 months and in 5 years.
  • 43:30 – Advice for CHRO’s regarding AI.