A Car Conducts Job Interviews in Volvo's A.I. Stunt

Visitors Can See It at the Brussels Motor Show

Published On
Jan 11, 2018

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In Belgium, Volvo is promoting its S90 model in an unusual way--it's getting the car to do its recruitment.

Creative agency FamousGrey has refitted a Volvo S90 as the "HR90," equipping it with artificial intelligence that allows it to interview prospective technicians. The car will be "recruiting" at the Brussels Motor Show this week, and will then continue with a tour of job expos, schools and Volvo dealerships in search of new hires.

Volvo-- which is seeking50 candidates for real jobs in its Ghent factory and with local dealers-- asked candidates to submit their job application on a website in order to be considered for an interview. The car then quizzes them via image recognition, mapping and analysis of preset parameters, analyzing the candidate's facial expressions and word use in order to assess their knowledge, motivation and social skills.

Based on their answers, an evaluation doc is made by the car's A.I. and sent to the human HR department of Volvo. Afterwards, they are invited via email to upload more information about themselves and if their profile meets Volvo's requirements, they will be contacted for a follow-up meeting with a "human" HR manager.

The campaign is being pushed via social media such as LinkedIn in the hope of reaching as many prospective personal service technicians as possible.

Perhaps next up, the Volvo can audition for the Knight Rider reboot?