It’s a video interview for a job you really want. But the interviewer
is not like any you have experienced before.
The interviewer you are trying to impress is immune to your charms
and it might be better to avoid “humours comments” and or irony. They
are an expert in analysing facial expressions and body language. They
will closely monitor your word choice but you can be absolutely sure
they will not be influenced by your regional accent, gender or ethnicity.
The innovative software that analysis's video interviews claims
to identify the traits that predict career success.( Although I can
find no information on what these traits are). Its designers claim it
removes interviewer bias but I’m not convinced. ( Are traits not
biases?). What it does do is make it possible to interview a lot more
people for the same post. This in theory opens up the opportunity to a
greater diversity of candidates as the essential criteria on the
person specification no longer has to be kept artificially tight in
order to keep those selected for interview down to a manageable small
number. As ever the technologies really selling point is it reduces
the human hours involved in recruitment and therefore costs.
A number of large, international companies are already using this
video analysis software for their graduate entry schemes where the
volume of applicants is high and the differentiation between
candidates is small.
Artificial Intelligence may not totally replace the traditional job
interview as managers like to, “shake the hand” of a candidate before
deciding to offer them a post but it could become a familiar stage in
the recruitment process.
Blair Mcpherson former director author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk