Report: Company Ditches Resumes for A.I.-Powered Job Applicant Algorithm

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Unilever, a Dutch-British company, is ditching resumes for artificial intelligence and a job applicant algorithm, according to a report.

According to IncUnilever, which owns a variety of popular brands including Ben and Jerry’s, Lipton, Dove, and Magnum, starts by putting targeted adverts online.

“Unilever redirects those who click on the ads to sites where they could apply for entry-level positions,” Inc explained. “The company pulls the individuals’ LinkedIn profile data to fill out much of the application. Unilever’s algorithm scans all the applications that people submit, getting rid of more than half of the candidates.”

“The candidates who make it past the algorithm play a set of 12 short online games, which test factors like short-term memory,” they continued. “Unilever invites the top third (or less) of the candidates who complete the games to submit a video interview on HireVue. The questions focus on how the candidates would respond to business challenges. Final candidates are invited for an in-person interview with Unilever human resources executives and managers.”

For video interviews, Unilever has “programmed their technology to measure specific elements, such as vocabulary, facial expressions and question response speed.”

According to the report, “These factors theoretically can reveal clues about the applicants’ education, intelligence, personality and emotional stability. Unilever thus still gets a concept of whether the applicant would fit in well at the company despite the fact humans don’t get involved in the hiring process until the last step.”

The tech-heavy process is one that’s reportedly mirrored at companies such as Goldman Sachs and Walmart, who also allegedly use algorithm’s in the hiring process.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.

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