Elin Öberg Mårtenzon gave a keynote about Tengai, a social interview robot, during the Recruitment Tech Event 2019. According to her, Tengai is the solution to the fact that the human brain needs technical tools to find hidden talent and predict future potential.


Tengai is the brainchild of Furhat Robotics, a company in the field of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and social robotics, born from a research project at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. For the past four years, the company has been working on a human-like computer interface that mimics our way of speaking and our subtle facial expressions. Since October 2018, the start-up has been working with TNG, one of Sweden’s largest recruitment agencies. The aim is to offer candidates interviews that are free from the unconscious prejudices that managers and recruiters can often bring to the recruitment process, while the experience still seems ‘human’.


Elin Öberg Mårtenzon is Chief Innovation Officer at the progressive recruitment agency TNG. Elin has 15 years of experience working with HR and recruitment strategies in both sales and marketing. Over the years, she has become increasingly suspicious of traditional job interviews. “Interviews suck! They discriminate and they’re very complex. You should ask the candidates everything in exactly the same way, but that is of course too complex.” The solution? Tengai! Check out her whole story during the Recruitment Tech Event 2019 below.

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