Omer Molad, Co-founder and CEO of the Australian startup Vervoe, is well-aware of the caveats of traditional hiring – but with the launch of his artificial intelligence platform, he hopes to begin to bridge that gap.
Vervoe uses its AI to evaluate applicants’ on-the-job skills and automatically recommend top scorers to hiring managers. The goal, Molad told VentureBeat in an interview, is to make hiring about merit, not background, and to eliminate the need for résumé screening that can lead to biases in hiring.
“The traditional hiring process exists due to constraints that have plagued us for many years,” he said. “The laws of physics prevent companies from interviewing every candidate, so they pick and choose based on whose background stands out and gravitate toward people they like.”
The company is partly informed by Molad’s own experiences in the job market. “When I moved to Melbourne, I couldn’t get an interview,” he told me. “The recruiters cared about things like whether I had a certain degree, and how long I’d been in the country. I felt marginalized, and it was really frustrating.”
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