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Vahan announces AI-driven assistant on WhatsApp to automate recruitment

ANI  |  Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] 

Vahan, a Bengaluru-based company, has built an integrated with that helps businesses automate various aspects of workforce engagement. To apply for a job, a candidate simply needs to send a "hi" message to Vahan's phone number on following which the bot qualifies them, answers their questions and even schedules an interview.

The start-up has created the in English and local languages and has tied up with clients such as Dunzo, Club Mahindra, Cure.Fit, Ecom Express and

As per Madhav Krishna, CEO, Vahan, "There are 200k delivery jobs in the country that grew by 20 percent last year.

Recruitment for frontline roles such as delivery boys is done largely manually and is therefore hard to scale. Not to forget, the high attrition in this space (over 75 percent per year) means that there is a constant need for hiring."

Recruitment is one of the toughest challenges for organisations. Sourcing the right talent and at the right cost is the key for growth-more so for the blue collar or frontline positions for which hiring is done in large volumes. Vahan, specialises in high volume recruitment of delivery boys for companies in the on-demand and

"Our helps companies meet their hiring requirements quickly and in a cost effective manner. The assistant can be integrated with to maximize reach and dramatically reduce sourcing costs," said Madhav.

With WhatsApp recently announcing the release of its API, the playing field for a large set of businesses like opens up. WhatsApp has 1.5 billion monthly users globally with 200 million of them being in The engagement prowess of the platform is evident from the fact that 96 percent of the users in use it and 97 percent of them are hooked on it daily.

is optimistic and is eyeing the huge opportunity with companies like Swiggy entering the unicorn club, Cure.Fit raising USD 120M recently, likely to go head-to-head with in on the backs of the recent deal, as hiring of delivery boys by these companies will be in droves.

According to Madhav, "The public release of the WhatsApp opens up the playing field for a large set of businesses to build tools for commerce, customer support and workforce engagement on WhatsApp. Given the massive potential here, this announcement will trigger new ideas and help create many startups as well.

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First Published: Fri, August 17 2018. 17:35 IST