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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Automating Hiring practices

In Bloomberg, - games in hiring and other kinds of advanced talent matching.  Is this overplaying the technology element?  How does human decision making fit in?

" ... A handful of technology companies from Knack.it Corp. to Evolv Inc. are doing just that, developing video games and online questionnaires that measure personality attributes in a job applicant. Based on patterns of how a company’s best performers responded in these assessments, the software estimates a candidate’s suitability to be everything from a warehouse worker to an investment bank analyst.

“You have this enormous pool of people that’s being missed because of the way the entire industry goes after the same kinds of people, asking, did you go to Stanford, did you work at this company?” said Erik Juhl, head of talent at Vungle Inc. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg
“People are our biggest resource, and right now a lot of them are mismatched,” said Erik Brynjolfsson, director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Digital Business and an advisor to Knack.it Corp. “If you put the right kind of person in the right task, it’s good for that person and it’s good for the company. ... " 

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