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VidCruiter’s Commitment To Ethical AI

Written by

VidCruiter Editorial Team

Reviewed by

Dr. Andrew Buzzell

Last Modified

May 29, 2024
VidCruiter Statement on Ethical AI


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At Vidcruiter, when we use the term “ethical AI,” we mean that we intentionally build AI tools that are explicitly responsive to the core values and norms of recruiting. This goes beyond an attempt to comply with regulations - we align with the goals, interests, and values that motivate and animate regulatory efforts, and the public discussions that drive these.

Our commitment ensures we only deploy AI tools when both hiring organizations and candidates are fully informed about the AI application. We build and deploy AI systems with demonstrated validity and proven efficacy, aligning with regulations and their intent. This transparent and inclusive strategy aims to maintain trust and fairness in the recruitment process, ensuring all parties are aware of and consent to the use of AI.

Currently, we believe existing AI capabilities do not meet the necessary standards for accurately evaluating applicants without constant human oversight. AI-led decisions, including resume assessments, screening, interview assessments, and evaluations of personal traits, lack the necessary accuracy to be ethically sound.

We are closely monitoring AI systems as they improve the levels of accuracy and the ability to mitigate bias necessary to meet our ethical standards. Currently, AI is most effective in analyzing interviews and interviewers, designing fair processes, and curating interview materials. This focused application enhances efficiency in our recruitment practices, ensuring transparency, fairness, and accuracy.

- Sean Fahey, CEO


Guiding Principles of VidCruiter’s Ethical AI

Our approach to Ethical AI focuses on enhancing recruitment practices while ensuring they are valid, fair, effective, and in line with empirical and ethical best practices. This commitment is embedded in every aspect of our AI development and deployment processes. Here, we outline our key commitments to how we responsibly integrate AI into our recruitment solutions.

Commitment to Responsible Social Practices

We recognize the significant influence that recruitment tools can have on individuals, organizations, and broader society. Committed to responsible usage, we continuously monitor these impacts and aim to develop tools that align with best practices recommendations from a broad range of stakeholder groups to promote societal well-being. By engaging in greater conversations with these groups, we ensure that we can be active and quickly responsive to social and client concerns.

Promote Fairness

Our use of AI systems is guided by a commitment to minimize the impacts of bias while optimizing for fair and effective outcomes. Data that is used to power AI systems will be audited and continuously monitored for bias and biasing tendencies. AI use in all of our products will be transparent, explainable, fair, and non-discriminatory. 

Enhance Human Decision-Making

Our objective is to create solutions that empower human recruiters and enhance their professional abilities. We design systems to reduce the administrative and data processing burden to provide relevant information to augment sound human judgment. We do not produce automated decision making tools - we build AI to improve your decision-making process. 

Promoting Valid Outcomes

Ensuring the validity of our recruitment tools is paramount. We are dedicated to designing processes that maximize the accuracy and fairness of human decision-making. Our tools are rigorously tested and continuously refined to eliminate biases and improve reliability. By prioritizing valid outcomes, we strive to support HR professionals and organizations in making informed, equitable, and effective hiring decisions.

Uphold Privacy and Data Protection

We prioritize data privacy throughout the development and deployment of our products. Our software and infrastructure meet stringent security standards, we minimize incidental data collection, and maximize client control over data collection and processing. We ensure that there are ample opportunities for notice and consent, build our systems on a foundation of robust privacy safeguards, and offer clear transparency and control over data usage, aligning with best practices and legal requirements.

Continuous Validation and Testing

Our tools undergo rigorous testing to confirm their intended functions before deployment. We maintain vigilant ongoing monitoring to ensure real-world performances align with expected outputs as a measure to uphold the integrity and fairness of our systems. Our clients and their applicants should have faith that our tools operate transparently and function as intended within expected parameters.


Continuous Validation and Testing

AI Recruiting Applications That Meet Our Standards

Our applications currently in development are designed to adhere to our ethical standards, enhance recruitment by supporting human decision-making, ensure accessibility and inclusivity, avoid regulatory gray areas, and uphold data privacy.

This approach ensures that our use of AI aligns with our core values and the broader ethical considerations crucial to maintaining trust and integrity in AI-augmented recruiting tools. Some of these approaches include:

Designing Role-Specific Structured Interview Processes

Using AI to assist in the efficient design of effective structured interview processes customized to specific roles. We can help drive accurate job analysis and learn from previous recruitment efforts for similar roles in your organization and help develop an interview plan focused on predictive validity, efficiency, fairness.

Suggest Candidate Evaluation Criteria

AI compares descriptions to vetted job analysis to identify key competencies for roles, complementing HR's criteria for a thorough and diverse evaluation framework.

Curating Interview Content

AI can help develop and curate interview questions to ensure they are relevant to the role, valid, accessible, and non-discriminatory. Our approach combines generative AI with subject-matter expert review and oversight, and such hybrid AI systems can help our clients produce a set of interview questions with the same level of rigor as a trained IO psychologist. 

Assembling Interview Panels

AI can help coordinate and select an optimal interview panel based on availability, and diversity of experience, seniority, background, and other customizable traits to help avoid rater fatigue, ensure fair panels, and provide comprehensive candidate evaluations.

Interview Intelligence

AI can improve digital interviews by providing insights and feedback on interviewer performance. Real-time monitoring ensures interviewers adhere to standards and facilitates continuous improvement of organizational interviewing skills and strategies.

Facilitating Interview Workflow

AI streamlines the interview process by coordinating schedules, suggesting optimal interview times, managing workloads, and handling logistics efficiently, ensuring a smooth, effective, and accurate workflow.

Administering Interview Compliance

AI can oversee compliance throughout the interview process to ensure adherence to organizational policies and legal standards, promoting a consistent, fair, and effective recruitment process.

Interview Process Analysis

After interviews, AI can analyze the interview process to assess its efficiency and effectiveness to identify areas for improvement. This analysis contributes to the continual refinement and optimization of the interview strategy in the context of building the optimal interview workflows for position types specific to the organization.

Interview Process Analysis

AI Recruiting Applications That Currently Do Not Meet Our Standards

AI-led Candidate Assessment

AI will not operate autonomously in any candidate evaluations. Human oversight will be mandatory across all stages of recruitment, from resume assessments and screening to interview evaluations and assessments. This ensures that AI supports rather than replaces human judgment in assessing candidate competencies and suitability. 

AI-assisted processes will require human supervision to maintain accuracy and fairness in candidate progression.

Evaluative AI (assessing irrelevant signals)

We will not use AI that purports to assess applicants by analyzing tone of voice, facial expressions, writing style, or further black-boxed algorithmically generated indirect inferences. This is especially important for video interviews, but many text-based and conversational tools also produce assessments based on opaque or irrelevant factors . These approaches have serious problems with validity, fairness, and legal compliance. 

[H3]Targeted GenAI Marketing and Recruitment Content

Generative AI will not be utilized to independently create marketing or interview content that is targeted at individuals based on AI profiling. This includes job descriptions, interview questions, and marketing materials. 

All content developed with AI assistance will undergo a thorough review by i/o psychologists to ensure it meets standards of relevance, accuracy, and sensitivity, with special attention to accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. Professional oversight will ensure that these materials do not inadvertently exclude or discriminate against potential candidates or protected groups.

Content will be tailored specifically to the role being filled rather than targeting individuals or specific groups.

Deceptive Conversational AI 

To uphold the integrity and trust in our recruitment process, all use of conversational AI will be explicitly disclosed to candidates. We will not use deceptive conversational AI that attempts to conceal its identity or present itself as a human recruiter. All interactions between AI systems and candidates must be transparent, making candidates aware that they are engaging with an AI system.  This extends to the use of chat tools that mask psychographic and other assessments in the conversation flow.

This policy ensures that all communications comply with our clients own policies and standards, and that candidates can make informed decisions about their participation in the process.

Deceptive AI

Governance and Oversight Structure

As we integrate AI systems into select recruitment tools, it is important to establish a robust governance and oversight structure. This structure will ensure that AI systems are developed and deployed ethically, responsibly, and in alignment with our organizational values, governmental regulations, and broader societal expectations. This commitment to ethical AI practices supports our mission to enhance recruitment processes while safeguarding the rights and interests of all stakeholders. 

AI Ethics Committee

  • Composition: The committee will has a board-like structure, including internal members Sean Fahey, CEO, Dr Andrew Buzzell, Director of Responsible AI, and Adam McDonald, Chief Innovation Officer. Consideration for external members is in the process of broadening perspectives and expertise.

  • Responsibilities: The committee is tasked with overseeing the ethical use of AI, reviewing policies, and ensuring compliance with both internal standards and government regulations.

  • Mission: To carefully scruitinize all AI initiatives, for adherence with our principles and values, during the conception, design, and development stages with holistic oversight prior to deployment. 

Processes for Reviewing and Approving AI Use in Recruitment

  • Detailed protocols will be established to evaluate and approve AI tools and applications before their deployment in recruitment processes.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Engagement Methods: The organization will engage with clients, job applicants, governmental bodies, and other relevant stakeholders to collect comprehensive feedback.

  • Lifecycle: Depending on the technology in question, this includes the design and development, but also post-deployment, which has been shown to be critical for identifying risks and opportunities for improvement. 

Continuous Improvement

  • Policy Review: The AI ethics policy will be regularly reviewed and revised to reflect new insights and changing conditions.

  • Risk Monitoring: Mechanisms will be implemented to monitor and mitigate emerging risks related to AI usage, ensuring adaptive and proactive governance.