In The News: This Could Either Be The Best Or The Worst Interviewer Ever

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In The News: This Could Either Be The Best Or The Worst Interviewer Ever

Imagine heading into your next job interview. The interviewer’s name is Tengai. She is 16 inches tall and a whopping 7 pounds. She’s glowing. You’re ready for whatever question she will ask, but are you prepared for her first question: “Have you ever been interviewed by a robot?”

Furhat Robotics is an AI company that stemmed from a research project at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The recruiting firm TNG has been testing the technology for the past six months.

“It typically takes about seven seconds for someone to make a first impression and about five to 15 minutes for a recruiter to make a decision. We want to challenge that,” said Elin Öberg Mårtenzon, chief innovation officer at TNG, in an interview with BBC News.

The intention behind Tengai is to remove unconscious bias, whether positive or negative, that can occur during the interview process – removing the forced small talk in the beginning and standardizing the process across the board.

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Blow the whistle

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