As well as saving time and money for employers, speech analysis makes job hunting quicker and more convenient for applicants, says Reis. “We see that around 75% of Precire users do their interview within the first 24 hours of receiving their phone number and pin code, specifically in their lunch break or just before dinner or on their way home.”
But career coach and outplacement consultant Matthias Martens of Martens & Friends in Hamburg, Germany, warns, “From the employee’s point of view I see more disadvantages than advantages.”
There’s a risk of non-native speakers missing out, he says, and of people altering their speech to try to manipulate results. He also fears that job seekers who refuse to give a speech sample might be excluded.
“Nobody in a company would admit that. They would always say that it’s voluntary,” says Martens. “But a company that uses that kind of technology is one that is looking for people who are innovative and curious and have a positive attitude towards technological change.”
“If during the recruitment process someone refuses to take part [in a speech test] because of fear or scepticism, then the company will think it’s not worth spending any more time on them and will find one reason or another to turn them down.”