Women in Tech | Elin Öberg Mårtenzon:

Elin Öberg Mårtenzon will give a keynote presentation about Tengai, a social interview robot, during the Recruitment Tech Event 2019. According to Elin, Chief Innovation Officer at TNG, Tengai is the solution to the fact that the human brain needs technical tools to find hidden talent and predict future potential. In 2019, Tengai will be on show in the Netherlands at the Recruitment Tech Event on 21 November next.

Social interview robot

With a length of 41 cm and a weight of 3.5 kg, Tengai sits at eye level at a table directly opposite the candidate she is going to interview. Her glowing yellow face tilts slightly to the side. Then she blinks and smiles lightly when she asks her first question: “Have you ever been interviewed by a robot before?”.

Artificial Intelligence

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. The idea, says lead scientist Gabriel Skantze, is that “it feels much less scary or strange compared to a more traditional robot”.


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”.

About Elin Öberg Mårtenzon

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. She is a visionary and a recruitment pioneer, driven by change management and improving and innovating the HR and recruitment field. As an advisor, Elin worked for leading organisations and challenged them to change the prevailing thinking on recruitment and the future field of work. With a background in the IT recruitment industry in Sweden, she has served as a director for both global players and startups.

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