Thanks for sharing Amina. I am frankly surprised/horrified that an employer in the US can capture and collect sensitive data such as health and wellbeing parameters through a Fitbit-type of device. In my view, consistent with European standards and regulations: (i) employees should own this data and should have full control over it; (ii) only with explicit consent could employers have access to the data; (iii) data provided to the employer should never be used against the employee (eg. in disciplinary measures, for promotion purposes, etc.); and (iv) this kind of sensitive information should be stored in safe environments/servers and the employer should not be able to share the info (whether anonymized or grouped collectively) with any other third party.
Apart from a violation of employee privacy, this feels like a de-humanization of employees, who are treated as a monitored and paced pair of hands and legs. If Amazon wants a tool that is able to precisely locate and move objects around a warehouse, I believe the company should invest in robots. I thought that the times where employees were treated as interchangeable and emotionless resources/inputs where over, but I might be wrong… ☹
Although I understand the potential efficiency of automatized video-assessment, I am skeptical that you can measure precisely a person’s ability to communicate with other humans using a recorded interview where the candidate was speaking to a camera with no or little human interaction.
Some people might feel uncomfortable/weird speaking to a camera, despite being excellent face-to-face communicators, good at articulating arguments when interacting with another human being and/or adaptative (in tone, speed or length of responses) based on its interlocutor’s non-verbal communication signs. Likewise, other poor in-person communicators might have the opposite effects and feel less nervous and more confident speaking to a machine rather than to another human being.
Therefore, I believe that a product like HireVue should be a complement, but not a substitute for in-person assessments.