A friend just pointed me to a free, online language generator that writes performance reviews.
Then she showed me a LinkedIn recommendation she “wrote” using the generator (let’s call it Hal). She, like many people, doesn’t like to write. At all.
If you’ve ever wondered how much help you should give someone when you ask them for a LinkedIn recommendation, this should encourage you to provide assistance.
Otherwise, when faced with writer’s block, your recommender might turn to Hal for help.
Yeah, I can see your wheels turning. This thing could come in darn handy, couldn’t it?
Top Performer Example — Written by the LinkedIn Recommendation Generator
I decided to generate a LinkedIn recommendation for myself assuming I’m a stellar performer.
I went through the list of provided keywords, picked five things I like about myself or aspire to, and Hal came up with this:
Regularly produces creative, original ideas, plans, products or methods, well attuned to the needs and capabilities of the organization, and producing clear benefits.
A skillful negotiator, who instinctively reads a situation correctly, understands the motivations and feelings of the other party, and chooses the right time to proceed or withdraw.
Applies professional experience and/or knowledge of people expertly to forecast outcomes with at least 90% accuracy.
Others trust her judgement because the choices have usually been good. (Note: Hal needs a spell checker.)
Donna enjoys working without supervision and always continues to carry out duties effectively. But also knows when a supervisor’s advice or authority is required, and seeks help at the appropriate time.
Always succeeds in explaining ideas clearly. Others find Donna easy to understand. She also has the ability to listen carefully to what others are saying, to understand and then to respond appropriately. Conversations with Donna are two-way.
Truth is, it wouldn’t take much effort to turn this text into a LinkedIn recommendation.
About-to-Get-Fired Example — Written by the LinkedIn Recommendation Generator
Hal lets you select a keyword and rate it as perfect, good, average, subpar, or worst. I checked the “perfect” box on five keywords to generate the recommendation above.
Let’s see what it produces when I check the “worst” box on the same keywords for my “total slacker” performance review:
Constantly ignores the motivations and feelings of others, and is totally unsuited for sensitive negotiations.
Donna doesn’t put across ideas well. Either doesn’t make an impression at all, or others find explanations confusing.
Also takes no notice whatsoever of the contributions of others.
Donna is incapable of doing the job at all without almost constant supervision. Has not produced a new idea, plan, product or method in the past six months.
Donna is unable to apply professional experience and/or knowledge of people to forecast outcomes with any degree of accuracy. Her forecasts are correct less than 30% of the time.
Would You Use an AI Program to Write a LinkedIn Recommendation or Review?
I look at these results and see that artificial intelligence will be increasingly useful. “Hal” is a decent start.
Would I use an AI language generator to write a LinkedIn recommendation or a performance review?
Perhaps. I would want a more sophisticated program that has the keywords I need and that uses the Oxford comma. Plus, I would likely edit the results.
If faced with a stack of other work, Hal might tempt me. Unless, of course, the person needing a recommendation or review was smart enough to provide me with a draft.
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Updated February 2018
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