Hiring by Video Game

The traditional job interview is obsolete. That is, when compared to an all-knowing video game that peers into the psyche of every candidate.

Some companies are adding specially-designed video games to their hiring processes. When a job applicant plays one of the games — like the one we test out in this episode, Balloon Brigade — algorithms monitor the "micro-behaviors" within the gameplay to build a detailed, data-driven portrait of his or her strengths and weaknesses. 

"This phenomenon, if it does continue to take hold, will really significantly change the way people are hired, the way people are promoted, and to some extent, the way they see themselves," says the Atlantic's Don Peck, who wrote about these new-fangled hiring practices in the excellent article, "They're Watching You at Work." 

Good hiring is an art, but it's turning into a science replete with video games, intelligence tests and personality quizzes that can know you better than your boss, and maybe better than yourself. But... will this lead to a darker kind of professional determinism, or to a new breed of biased hiring?

On this week's New Tech City, we find out. We get inside these new data-driven hiring practices so you know what to expect. We test out the video games and assessments for ourselves — to some shock and indignation. We hear from the people who make the games. And we show you what it is going to be like when you apply for your next job (so you can start studying). 

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Music Playlist

  1. Clap Down

    Artist: Jack Ventimiglia
    Label: BWN Catalog
  2. Keeper of the Soul Gem

    Artist: Daniel Paul Kramer
    Label: BWN Music
  3. Semblance

    Artist: Kenneth J Brahmstedt
    Label: BWN Music
  4. Little John

    Artist: Kenneth J Brahmstedt
    Label: BWN Music
  5. Operation Headband

    Artist: Justin Asher
    Label: BWN Music
  6. Interstellar Fruit

    Artist: Kenneth J Brahmstedt
    Label: BWN Music