HireVue, which specialises in video interviewing, assessments, chatbot, and recruiting automation technology, has expanded its partnership with the Science of Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (SODI) as an Innovation Partner.

The company will now work with SODI on a number of research-based initiatives aimed at solving diversity, equity, and inclusion problems within hiring.

According to Andreas Leibbrandt, co-founder, research director at SODI, “We’re keen to see organisations in Australia pick up the pace when it comes to encouraging diversity and inclusion among their workforces. By partnering with HireVue, we’re hoping to help meet this challenge by encouraging the efficient use of technology in the hiring process.

“Tools, such as HireVue, can help to foster inclusion and diversity in a number of ways. For example, with video interviewing, businesses can cast a wider net when searching for talent and with the help of automation, inherent human biases may be reduced.”

He said that with automation in particular, the use of AI in hiring is growing and by partnering with the industry leader in this field, we hope to learn from the best in how AI can be used to mitigate bias in the hiring process.

“We work with various partners across this region, including the Diversity Council Australia among others and are excited to expand our partnerships. With this most recent partnership with HireVue, we look forward to seeing what we can achieve in this very important space”.

According to a statement from the two organisations, companies have an opportunity and obligation to redesign hiring practices in order to prioritise diversity, equity, and inclusion. While DEI is cited as a top initiative for many organisations, progress is slow. Best practices on ways to reduce bias and improve hiring practices for underrepresented groups remain unclear – this partnership between HireVue and SODI will yield research that is concrete, actionable and scalable for HR leaders.


Kevin Parker, CEO at HireVue said, “As organisations turn to technology to revamp the way they work and conduct business, it’s critical to understand how to make their hiring more accessible for all candidates, regardless of background.”

HireVue says it is committed to improving access to employment for a wider talent pool and reducing bias within the recruiting and hiring process. SODI’s leaders will provide product input alongside other HireVue ESG partners like Integrate Autism Employment Advisors, who work to improve hiring outcomes for neurotypical jobseekers.

“By partnering with HireVue, SODI-affiliated researchers will be able to provide organisations with solid evidence for how to improve equity in hiring,” said Neela Rajendra, Executive Director for SODI.

Central to the work of SODI is the understanding that small changes to systems can have powerful impacts. Previous SODI-affiliated research has found that:

  • Making specific changes to job postings and descriptions can increase rates of application from Black and Latinx candidates by almost 30 percent .
  • Generic EEOC statements in job descriptions can backfire, and decrease rates of application from minority applicants.
  • In competitive work environments, emphasising any tasks of the job in the job description which may have stereotypical female connotations can help close the gender gap (e.g. emphasising the importance of verbal skills, teamwork, or collaboration).

HireVue’s partnership with SODI is central to its internal diversity, equity, and inclusion program for 2021. The company is committed to implementing past and future findings from the “living laboratory.” To ensure that learnings from the partnership research are applied at scale, HireVue will also help customers incorporate DEI best practices into their hiring journeys.

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