AI video assessments

When I was first approached to contribute to Employment Autism, (some 5 months ago), my life looked very different to what it does now. Although I am still working for the same employer and still living at home, I have had the opportunity to deep dive into the world of AI recruitment, the primary method of recruiting graduates, courtesy of the BBC.

It has only reaffirmed my beliefs all those months ago, that the AI (artificial intelligence) assessed recruitment methods* employed by firms to onboard graduates, is inherently biased and discriminative in its construction and interpreted use, towards those with ANY disability, let alone those with learning disabilities.

I am Oliver, and I was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s at the age of 15. I have a BSc in Economics and Business, obtained in 2019, and currently work as a Team Leader at Morrisons.  Specifically, I am one of 5 Online Team Leaders, responsible in the day to day running of the Amazon Prime Now and Deliveroo contracts, as well as our own Click & Collect operation.

You may have noticed that I graduated in 2019, just prior to the Covid 19 pandemic. I spent almost all of my time applying to graduate roles in the months succeeding my graduation, always failing at the same stage, the Video Interview Stage. Why was this? I was certainly knowledgeable and eloquent enough to have warranted progressing further in one of the 30 roles I had applied for. I have since come to learn that the video interviews which are solely assessed by AI technology monitor repetitions of certain words or phrases, disengagement of eye contact, pauses in speech.

These are all things that people with ADHD, like myself, are known for. We have to pause mid-sentence to refocus our minds to the task in hand, and yet are being discriminated against because of this?

You may suggest, why not contact the firm to get reasonable adjustments etc…? Simply put, why is the burden upon the candidate to plead with a firm for fair and equitable treatment? In my instance, I work 12 hours a day 5 days a week. I do not have the time to engage in an email chain conversation, dragged out however long, where in some cases, it has resulted in automatic failure to complete the application, rendering all my preceding efforts futile?

It begs the question that ‘not all AI assessed video interviews can be evaluated in this manner’, but to your dismay, they can be, and essentially, there is nothing you can do about this. I found this out the hard way, after partaking in 30+ Video assessments, with little to no feed