In South Korea, students pay for classes in everything from K-pop auditions to real estate deals. Now, top Korean firms are rolling out artificial intelligence in hiring - and jobseekers want to learn how to beat the bots and get a job.
Many major South Korean conglomerates like SK Innovation and Hyundai Engineering & Construction use AI in hiring. Although the need seems to be tiny in the country’s multi-billion dollar cram school industry, classes for AI hiring are growing fast. Careers consultant Park Seong-jung is now offering a three-hour package for up to 100,000 won in handling recruitment screening by computers, not people.
Preparing for such tests doesn’t necessarily involve simply memorizing answers. “Don’t force a smile with your lips,” Park Seong-jung told students looking for work in a recent session, one of many he said he has conducted for hundreds of people. “Smile with your eyes.”
According to Korea Economic Research Institute (KERI), nearly a quarter of the top 131 corporations in the country currently use or plan to use AI in hiring.
韓國經濟研究所(Korea Economic Research Institute，KERI)指出，韓國國內前131大公司中有將近四分之一使用，或計劃使用人工智慧招募。
One AI video system reviewed by Reuters asks candidates to introduce themselves, during which it spots and counts facial expressions including ‘fear’ and ‘joy’ and analyses word choices. It then asks questions that can be tough: “You are on a business trip with your boss and you spot him using the company (credit) card to buy himself a gift. What will you say?”
Kim Seok-wu, a 22-year-old senior at a top university, recently failed to get beyond an AI interview for a management position at a retail company. “I think I will feel hopeless if all companies go AI for hiring,” Kim said. “The AI interview is too new, so job applicants don’t know what to prepare for and any preparations seem meaningless since the AI will read our faces if we make something up.”