Unilever + HireVue

Unilever finds top talent with HireVue assessments

+ Challenge

Outdated processes rooted in paper, phone screens and manual assessments. 4-6 months to sift through 250,000 applications to hire 800 individuals.

A global leader in consumer goods, Unilever’s products can be found in more than 190 countries. Their 400+ brands meet their consumer’s needs across personal and home care, food, and more. To meet rapidly changing and dynamic consumer demands, Unilever recognized the need to attract talent from around the globe, appealing specifically to the millennial workforce. Melissa Gee Kee, Strategy Director to CHRO and Global HR4HR Director, explains, “Our executives expect that 60 percent of our workforce to be Millennials by 2020. With this in mind, we needed to engage with this generation through innovative technology that is engaging, dynamic and able to move quickly.”

Unilever’s recruitment transformation began with its Future Leaders Programme, a highly selective programme for recent college graduates that selects 800 individuals from a pool of 250,000 applicants.

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“We were hiring based solely on experience and we wanted to start screening for potential too.”
Melissa Gee Kee, Strategy Director to the CHRO & Global HR4HR Director

The team at Unilever partnered with multiple solutions to create an end to end engaging and digital candidate experience including HireVue to initiate mobile-phone based recorded video interviews, and interview-assessment technology.

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“We had to ensure we had a digital process, but one that that felt very human, not robotic, and it had to better and more efficient at selecting candidates than an in-person interview.”
Melissa Gee Kee, Strategy Director to the CHRO & Global HR4HR Director

Through HireVue Assessments, artificial-intelligence was able to filter up to 80% of the candidate pool using data points, ultimately surfacing those candidates that are most likely to be successful at Unilever.

At each stage of the process, the candidate is receiving and providing feedback, regardless of if they are selected for a position. Unilever has deployed in over 53 countries in multiple languages with over 80% of the candidate feedback as positive. Not only has the process been significantly improved for candidates, saving over 50,000 hours in candidate time, the Unilever team has seen over 1 million pounds in savings in just one year, recruiting time saved of 75% and hired and the largest class of diverse hires (gender and ethnicity).

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Consumer Goods


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Faster hiring


Increase in D&I hiring goals