Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

DATE: 30/12/2016

Want to work at a bank? First you have to let them read your mind. No, seriously. And no it’s not some children’s magician who’ll be interviewing you.

At career fairs and on university campuses all around the UK as part of its graduate hiring scheme, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of the UK’s largest banking groups, has been strapping Brain Computer Interface (BCI) devices – AKA skull caps – to the heads of potential candidates, to measure their brain activity and attention spans.

While this might sound benign, quirky even, the use of BCI technology in interviews, particularly in light of the fact that companies can now use these devices to pull people’s darkest secrets from their heads, as well as uniquely identify them, should raise a whole host of privacy concerns for regulators, as well as the individuals and companies involved.

If you’re one of these candidates and the data from your brainwaves is being stored with no guarantee that it will be deleted then you might just want to stop and think about the future implications, for example on your credit worthiness. The data points that could be collected during these interviews would provide companies with the perfect profiling tool, and there’s no fooling the system – yet. One day this type of data collection will become the norm, and as for the fact that the system is also being used to classify and categorise candidates, well, that’s a view straight out of a dystopian novel.


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