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How to spot AI in job applications

Explore ChatGPT’s widespread impact since 2022, engaging over 57% of US workers. Uncover AI’s role in job prospects, with insights on spotting AI usage in hiring and workplaces. Gain expert guidance on leveraging AI effectively and navigating its integration for informed decision-making in recruitment and workplace management.

Since the launch of ChatGPT in 2022, 57% of workers across the US have tried the tool at least once, with more than one in six (16%) admitting to using it regularly in the workplace.

As the advancements of technology continue to rise and improve, residents in the US make up over 132.55 million workers, but how likely is it for employees to enhance their job prospects through the use of artificial intelligence? 

With this in mind, her is some insight on how to spot the use of AI in job applications.*

Five tell tale signs to spot it if ChatGPT has been used in the hiring process:

  1. The use of overly long or complex sentences that have a range of unusual vocabulary, patterns or phrases that ChatGPT commonly employs such as “dive into”, this is indicative of overly formal, robotic language.
  2. Inconsistency in their language, writing style or tone of voice throughout all documents.
  3. An inability to explain or solve real-world problems during a video interview, these scenarios usually stems from the skills or experience listed on an application.
  4. Obvious reliance on reading ChatGPT generated responses during an interview.
  5. The inability to explain, defend or recall specific parts of the CV or cover letter.

How to know if your employees are using ChatGPT in the workplace:

Christoph Cemper, on behalf of AIPRM, commented: “On the infrastructure level, you could utilise network traffic monitoring tools to detect access to, though employees might circumvent this by using personal devices or mobile networks.

“On the results level, indicators may include an inability to explain, remember, or defend certain task outcomes. As well as spotting sudden improvements or changes in writing quality, style, or tone and finding inconsistencies across results, and quality issues.

“Although, the risks of using unreviewed or “hallucinated” information could lead to misunderstandings, errors and concerns over security and privacy issues, the level of intelligence AI holds could benefit the workplace through increased employee productivity and output levels across writing, coding, brainstorming, idea generation and visual creation.”

Four tips to implement AI positively in the workplace:

  1. Implement guidelines and policies covering acceptable use, privacy, security, personal data protection, and confidentiality of company secrets.
  2. Provide training and resources, including how-tos, workflows and lists of approved or suggested prompts for the team.
  3. Ensure a consistent writing style and tone, including the use of custom profiles or styles in prompts to align with brand guidelines.
  4. Emphasise augmentation rather than replacement of human capabilities.

*Provided by AIPRM 


  1. AIPRM wanted to find out how to spot if a job candidate has used AI in their application or cv.
  2. We asked AI expert Christoph Cemper to give their insight on how to spot the use of AI in job applications, including the pro’s and con’s of using the tool.
  3. All data was conducted February 2024, and is accurate as of then.

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