For decades IBM has been wowing businesses and consumers alike with innovations that have disrupted the way business is conducted and people interact with technology. And now, Watson - the artificial intelligent computer system - is taking the world by storm. Jerome Pesenti, VP of Core Technology for IBM Watson explains “We launch new initiatives quickly, and when we have a vacancy on our team, it impacts how quickly we can deliver. We have very ambitious talent and hiring goals. We want the absolute best team and need them quickly. We recognized that most hiring processes are antiquated and we challenged our talent team to do things differently.” While great talent was critical, cultural fit was too. IBM found that even when they could find candidates who are qualified technically, they might not be the type of team member that they would want to work with all day long.
“We want people who are empowered, big thinkers, passionate and highly collaborative in addition to their technical prowess. In understanding and appreciating that, we shifted our own talent acquisition processes to bring this to life.”
Vice President of HR for IBM Watson, Watson Health, Research, Technical Talent & Corporate Functions
HireVue’s Hiring Intelligence Platform offered IBM Watson a new approach to attracting, engaging with and evaluating Watson’s engineering candidates, offering a way to better understand a candidate’s unique story, potential and personality beyond what a resume would indicate. With over 4,000 applicants for 100 positions, HireVue enabled a more insightful process of narrowing down the top candidates. The process was simple. Once a HireVue OnDemand video interview was completed, candidates were asked to complete a HireVue coding challenge. “The coding challenges allowed us narrow our talent pool by another 50%,” says Louissaint.
Once past the coding challenge, candidates were invited to participate in live video interviews, including virtual Live Whiteboard to further assess their technical abilities. After these steps, the final 75 candidates were invited to NYC for the final step in the interview process. “The candidates that we invited onsite were fully validated,” shares Louissaint. “We knew that we wanted them on our team, now was our chance to show them who we were as an organization and get them excited about the IBM Watson brand.”
“HireVue’s technology empowers IBM to have more diversified recruitment. Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, you’re able to look at true abilities, hard skills like coding and soft skills like passion.”
Core Technology Development Manager