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An AI Cartoon May Interview You for Your Next Job

An AI Cartoon May Interview You for Your Next Job
As if trying to land a new gig isn’t demoralizing enough, job seekers are meeting with characters powered by generative AI who are capable of meeting with infinite candidates to judge their skills.

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AI Interviewers: The Future of Job Hunting?

The use of AI tools in job hunting is on the rise, with companies like micro1 developing AI interviewers to streamline the recruitment process. The AI interviewer, named Alex, asks candidates about their professional experience, theoretical questions about programming, and even gives coding exercises. The company claims that this tool provides an "enjoyable, gamified, and less-biased interview process."

However, the use of AI in evaluating candidates has raised concerns about biases. Some HR tools have been found to make negative judgments on applicants with Black-sounding names, show preference to men, or overlook candidates with employment gaps on their resumes.

Despite these concerns, more than 100,000 people have gone through micro1's screenings in hopes of being added to its marketplace of engineers. The company lists a number of tech companies, including DoNotPay, among those who have used its system to screen or hire engineers from its marketplace.

Asynchronous video interviews have become more common, with companies turning to prerecorded responses in automated systems to handle screening interviews. However, some recruiters are wary of the biases that AI tools may have and have steered clear of employing the tools in their decisions.

While AI tools don't have the final say in who gets hired, they increasingly have sway over which applicants get face time with a real human, which can have a massive impact on what the workforce looks like going forward.

The use of AI-driven avatars for job interviews is also being considered as an alternative path for interviews in the future. According to micro1's founder, Ali Ansari, this could lead to "really good matches" between job seekers and companies, allowing them to spend their actual time on a Zoom call or in-person interview.

In conclusion, the use of AI tools in hiring has the potential to save companies time and money, but the long-term implications for workers have yet to be fully understood. The impact of AI and asynchronous interviewing on candidates remains unknown, and concerns about biases in AI hiring tools persist.