My youngest son is finishing his master and he has started looking for a job. Looking at him I realise how different it is today. When I finished my schools companies looked for newly graduated, you didn’t need to apply, they courted you and you could be choosy. No longer so. Now you need to send applications, attach motivation letters and hope to be called for a stream of video interviews first. If you were born under a lucky star you end up in a face to face interview. I am convinced that today I wouldn’t be able to find a job…
The way a company’s HR picks up an application and decide on a follow up is shrouded in mystery. Companies may receive so many applications that they resort to software for screening (Google supposedly receive a million applications per year!).
But it is getting worse! Companies are starting to engage applicants in video conferences for pre-screening and they run these video conferences not with a human being interviewing the applicant but with an artificial intelligence software that questions the applicant and observe his/her face. The facial mimic and expression become an evaluation characteristics for the software to decide if the applicant may be a good fit or not. The software, apparently, can be a better judge of voice inflection, af facial expression to detect insecurity, anxiety and so on.
HireView is one of the companies that offer this software to companies HR. They claim their software is effective but there are others casting doubts. The software generates an employability score that HR can use to filter applicants.
I don’t like this but at the same time I fear it is inevitable. Computers are getting better and better in evaluating people through their behaviour and it is not surprising that companies may turn to AI for screening applicants.
Of course, this is opening a Pandora box. Next will be having performance evaluation run by software (taking advantage of data we create on the job…) and there is no end in sight.
In these situation I feel lucky to have been born in another century….