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Method and System for Detecting a Bias in a Hiring Process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234751D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for detecting a bias in a hiring process. The method and system monitors a set of biomarkers for an interviewer and sends a notification to the interviewer when the bias is detected. The method and system also suggests actions to the interviewer to prevent the bias.

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Method and System for Detecting a Bias in a Hiring Process

Disclosed is a method and system for detecting a bias in a hiring process . The method and system determines a set of standard hiring artifacts such as , but not limited to, a resume, a portfolio, a reference, physical appearance and an answer to a hiring questionnaire. Thereafter, the method and system extracts physical, biological, demographic and behavioral features of a candidate for an interview from the set of standard hiring artifacts. The features include, but are not limited to, an ethnicity, a country of origin, facial features, body size, age, skin color, dress, gender, beauty index and height. The features associated with the interviewer are stored in a database prior to the hiring process.

The method and system then compares and finds similarities and differences between the features of the interviewer and the candidate . Thereafter, the features are classified into categories along with the similarities and differences . The categories correspond to, but are not limited to, overweight, different ethnicity, different skin color, informal dress, different gender, low beauty index and short height that potentially influences a decision of the interviewer.

The method and system then provides an artifact of the set of standard hiring artifacts to the interviewer. Thereafter, a set of biomarkers of the interviewer are monitored in response to providing the artifact. Here, the set of biomarkers include, but are not limited to, calmness, nervousness and excitement. The calmness is determined by monitoring breathing rate and blood pressure, the nervousness by monitoring heart rate and faltering voice and the excitement by monitoring pupil dilation .

The method and system evaluates the set of biomarkers with respect to history , norms and an allowable range according to a guideline. The interviewer then receives information about the interviewer's emotional state based on the evaluation . The method and system also suggests the interviewer to perform certain actions based on the evaluation to improve the emotional state. The actions include, but are not limited to, taking a break before making the decision, eating before the interview and blocking access to certain data until a face-to-face interview.

Further, the method and system provides an evidence to counteract the decision if the decision is biased. For example, the method and system provides an example of a person who has performed well but has a similar description as that of the candidate

who is going to be rejected by the interviewer. The method and system also performs actions such as, but not limited to, playing calm music and providing a slow injection of a drug to improve the emotional state of the i...