Technologies that will Replace the Traditional Job Interview

Companies are already beginning to use artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies as screening tools, but in the next decade, they may take it a step further, to monitor brain activity and wearables using wearable technology.

Most job seekers and hiring managers will agree: a job interview is not the ideal way to find the best candidate for the job. Candidates sometimes overstate their description of their skills. Managers rely on subjective information in decision making.

The problem is mounting when rapid technological changes force companies to adapt to new methods of work. Clear skills or past unsuccessful experience can be less and less relevant to the candidate’s or candidate’s chances of succeeding in the position.

“If we accept that jobs are going to change or change, that 80% of jobs that will be in 2030 or 2040 still do not exist today, and that there is a devaluation of expertise and knowledge, we will have to bet on things like curiosity, learning ability, human relations and motivation,” Thomas says Chamorro-Pernamuzic, chief talent researcher at the Manpower Group and Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and Columbia University in New York.

In the not too distant future, employers may rely less on resumes and interviews, and more on candidate behavior, cognitive abilities, character traits, and psychological responses to determine if someone is fit. Today, technology is already being developed that allows employers to analyze the candidate’s history online, biometric data and real-time responses to simulations of job difficulties.

These technologies raise concerns about ethics and fairness, and experts predict they will cause legal problems. Last November, for example, the nonprofit “Electronic Privacy Center” filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission against HireVue, a company that develops artificial intelligence recruiting tools, claiming its technology is not transparent and has no liability mechanism. For its part, HireVue said its technology “has less bias compared to traditional filtering processes.”

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Companies are already beginning to use artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies as screening tools, but in the next decade, they may take it a step further, to monitor brain activity and wearables using wearable technology.

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