Apart from a violation of employee privacy, this feels like a de-humanization of employees, who are treated as a monitored and paced pair of hands and legs. If Amazon wants a tool that is able to precisely locate and move objects around a warehouse, I believe the company should invest in robots. I thought that the times where employees were treated as interchangeable and emotionless resources/inputs where over, but I might be wrong… ☹
Although I understand the potential efficiency of automatized video-assessment, I am skeptical that you can measure precisely a person’s ability to communicate with other humans using a recorded interview where the candidate was speaking to a camera with no or little human interaction.
Some people might feel uncomfortable/weird speaking to a camera, despite being excellent face-to-face communicators, good at articulating arguments when interacting with another human being and/or adaptative (in tone, speed or length of responses) based on its interlocutor’s non-verbal communication signs. Likewise, other poor in-person communicators might have the opposite effects and feel less nervous and more confident speaking to a machine rather than to another human being.
Therefore, I believe that a product like HireVue should be a complement, but not a substitute for in-person assessments.