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WOBB Now Has AI That Can Tell If You’re Really Serious About That Job Application

From left: CK Leong (Chief Technical Officer), Yee Voon Lee (Tech Intern), JJ Kew (Web Developer)

It seems that with every passing day, technology finds a way to assimilate itself with yet another daily task to make it simpler and more efficient; this time, it’s job interviews. Two days ago, Malaysian job portal WOBB announced the launch of their proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) driven virtual interview platform. Called Aivi (Artificially Intelligent Virtual Interviewer), the platform was developed with the aim of solving many of the problems that employers currently face during the early screening of job applicants such as individuals who had irrelevant skill sets and job interview no-shows. Currently, the most effective way of reducing such issues is through the screening of individual applications during the early stage of the hiring process and weeding out undesirable candidates. However, this process is tedious, stressful, and time-consuming. “That’s why employers still face a lot of job-seekers who don’t turn up to interviews even though they have applied for the job; it’s because these job-seekers were not that interested to start with,” said Derek Toh, founder and CEO of WOBB. “We knew this problem had to be addressed.”

Enter Aivi

Developed over a course of 10 weeks, Aivi has been brought in to speed up applicant screenings and make the hiring process much easier for employers. By mimicking real-life interview scenarios, Aivi can screen through job applicants through WOBB’s messaging system, asking them questions relevant to the position applied for. Following this, employers can then review these responses to assess the suitability and interest level of the applicant. Currently, WOBB is developing Aivi to become even more intelligent and to better analyse applicant responses to help employers pick out which individuals they should invite for face-to-face interviews. “It is especially useful if these questions help uncover information that is not commonly included in the CV,” Derek added. “Automation of this process will cut down time and all the headaches that come with the early screening process.” Explaining further, Derek said that Aivi could help employers discover other vital information pertaining to the job candidate such as the reason they left their previous job, and their level of interest and knowledge of the company.

Hey Aivi, How Much Does That Candidate Want The Job?

The Aivi platform is currently functional and is available through the purchase of credits (similar to how WOBB sells their job and booster tokens). Employers looking to use the Aivi platform will need to buy Virtual Interviewer tokens and apply them to their job listings on WOBB. Each Virtual Interviewer token will activate up to 50 virtual interviews. According to WOBB’s Head of Marketing and Product Shakira Kavanagh, the Aivi platform has so far performed well in rounds of internal testing. “We’ve tested this internally from our own WOBB employer account to make sure the Virtual Interviewer works and make tweaks where necessary,” she said.
“We are happy to launch now because we are confident that Aivi is already smart enough to help determine which candidates are serious about the job and which are not.”
Shakira also mentioned that while the Aivi platform could have real-world use cases in other industries, the focus currently remains on strengthening WOBB’s services. “We’ve spent a lot of time working on this new feature. Now that it is live, our product team will be working hard to raise the standards of WOBB’s platforms as a whole,” she said. “We do have other smaller features on the way that we think will improve the experience for both jobseekers and employers, but we want to keep those a surprise for now.”
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