Would you want to be hired by artificial intelligence (AI)? As recruiters embrace such technologies to sift candidates, I took a test that is given to entry-level bank analysts. I wanted to discover whether AI would be better at selecting women than an interviewer used to hiring young, male graduates from Oxford and Harvard — or would it replicate the bias against women and minorities? Koru, which counts Deutsche Bank and Citigroup among its clients, surveys employees to discover their strengths and weaknesses. The software asks questions for which there is no obvious answer, such as "Which sounds more like you? — ‘I will be able to achieve most of the goals that I have set for myself’, or ‘In uncertain times, I usually expect the best’". The AI hiring company then asks applicants to take similar tests to see if they fit the organisation. Koru says these qualities can vary significantly between organisations, with most investment bankers in the same company having more skills in com...

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