Robots interviewing using laptops

Interview with a robot

Ever stretched the truth a bit during an interview? Your interviewer might not be able to tell but Artificial Intelligence (AI) can.

Companies are turning to AI and video interviews for applicant screenings. It may fast track the process but is it helping job seekers?

How does it work?

AI is becoming more common. You should get up to speed with what to expect.

Video interviewing is already being used by many employers for the initial stages of large recruitment rounds. It has proven to be cost and time saving.

Woman being interviewed via video conferencing

The process is simple enough:

  • spend about 20 minutes playing neuroscience-based games
  • do a video interview with the questions sent to you. (You can do this on a smartphone, tablet or computer)

That’s where AI comes in. Once you’ve recorded yourself, robots analyse your interview across 15,000 different factors. These include:

  • body language
  • facial cues
  • vocal tone

Software then decides if you are a match and returns the results to your potential employer. It includes notes about what the AI observed during your interview.

If you pass muster with AI, you’re invited to an in-person interview.

LinkedIn surveyed over 8,800 recruiters on how this would impact hiring in 2018. The results showed that AI is gaining steam because:

  • it’s a time-saver (67%)
  • removes human bias (43%)
  • delivers the best candidate matches (31%)

More than half of survey respondents also found AI to be most effective for:

  • sourcing candidates (58%)
  • screening (56%)
  • nurturing candidates (55%)

Goodbye resumes?

Resumes and cover letters will soon be a thing of the past. Employers already Google their job applicants and vet them on social media. This will become increasingly important in the future. The way you represent yourself on the web will be your digital calling card.

Resume sitting in a bin

No more small talk…you’ll need to focus on your body language!

Building rapport with your interviewer is no longer necessary. Robots are not there to bond with you. Instead, focus on your body language and speaking skills.

So how do you do that?

Remember, your employer will review your video, so put as much effort in as you would when going to a normal interview.

Good posture, confident tone, and eye contact are essential for video interviews. Be aware of your facial expressions—cameras are able to pick-up micro-expressions that a human interviewer might miss.

Images: iStock

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