VIMA has developed a technology that automatically appraises people’s traits and soft skills from a video in real time.

Located in Switzerland, VIMA is leveraging over ten years of research and scientific validation in social computing, behavioural psychology and artificial intelligence.

Our understanding of candidates reaches human-level accuracy while reducing hiring bias to its minimum. For the first time, employers can understand the personalities of candidates at an early stage of the recruitment process.

HR departments are thus empowered by a powerful combination of data and AI and can focus on what matters most: candidates and future hires as well as the ongoing relationship with those applicants.

A wrong hire costs between 12 to 18 months of salary to the company. Enabling VIMA’s technology into your organisation will directly improve the quality of your hires as well as their commitment to your company.


Product overview and features

Soft skills are the main long-term success factors. Companies thus need to have an accurate, automated and trusted way to evaluate the personality profiles of applicants.

Using state-of-the-art speech processing, computer vision and behavioural psychology, VIMA has developed proprietary AI algorithms that replicate how experts evaluate soft skills and personality traits of people.

Our software is a tailored recommendation system that ranks the best matching candidates based on your current top-performing employees. Because every company and job opening are different, our solution is customisable to every client based on specific performance indicators.



Focus on the candidates that will meet your current and future needs.

Less candidates, more productivity.

VIMA helps your organisation to focus on the top 10% candidates that will likely perform well in your organisation. How? We compare new candidates to your existing performing employees by providing a simple recommendation score for overall fit with respect to communication, social and professional skills for every candidate. Powered by over ten years of academic research, our technology analyses thousands of data points, just as experts would do.

Only interview the best candidates for your company.

VIMA’s system automatically screens candidates to help you focus on what matters: people. Dedicate more time on the persons that can add more value to your company and that will be a better fit to your specific job and company culture.


Understand people, not CVs.

Access detailed insights about every candidate at an early stage of the recruitment process. Standard evaluations of soft skills are available as well as deeper ones to evaluate skills such as leadership. You can also leverage advanced visualisation techniques on groups of employees or specific demographics (e.g. gender, age) to quantify inclusivity.

Reduce bias to a minimum.

Eliminate hiring bias, talent is everywhere. Look for the right match using soft skills and never again miss the right candidate because of personal judgment. VIMA’s software never uses personal information such as gender, age or ethnicity and understands candidates in a trustworthy and transparent way.

Welcome to your behavioural identity.

One candidate, one personal shape: the personality profile.

There is no better or worse, just who you are. VIMA automatically provides valuable, scientifically-validated information about everyone. The personality profile shows distinct personality traits and soft skills at a glance. Its multi-dimensionality across 27 skills and traits ensures a good fit with your company and your needs.


It’s all about context.

For each of the 27 soft skills and personality traits, every candidate is compared to a norm group (e.g. the top performers at your company, a generic population based on VIMA’s database, etc.). For example, someone might work better in an isolated environment, making her / him a better performer in jobs demanding a high level of concentration.

Complex reports are now past experiences.

Quickly navigate through the different characteristic of your candidates. An intuitive navigation makes the information easily accessible and understandable. Upon evaluation, candidates are provided with positive feedback about their own personality profiles. This allows them to consider ways to improve themselves, giving them concrete feedback for their lifelong learning process.

Professional analytics. One click away.

Who said that HR is not data driven? VIMA puts the human factor back at the centre of the equation and makes the intangible concrete.

A data-driven approach

By making personality data available, you can reach a level of candidate knowledge like never before. Unlock big data analytics and access actionable data to make better and more-informed decisions. Because people matter.

See how diversity and inclusivity are evolving.

Good news: the report is already done. Just log in to your account and see the evolution of key metrics to make your company move forward on those matters. You now have access to intelligent information that make sense for your company, allowing you to make decisions based on relevant insights.

Visualise your company culture, plain and simple.

Everyone is different, and yet the company culture is strongly felt and spread across the organisation. You can now visualise it because your culture is your people. Identify those who share your values, improving your company culture and empowering it.




They are unique. Treat them as such.

The journey with your company starts here. Make it count.

Seamless and user-friendly experience: a user-centric web-based portal allows candidates to record video CVs and receive their individual personality profile on any device.

Be where your candidates are.

Applications are happening online and often via smartphones. VIMA adapts to the candidates, allowing them to interact in a natural way, even on the go. A positive experience from the start.

Strong data privacy and protection.

Candidates own their video and their data. VIMA is GDPR compliant and follows the Swiss protection laws, guaranteeing the highest-level of data privacy. The data extracted from the video is anonymised and analysed on VIMA’s servers located in Switzerland. This can also be performed in the country where your company is located depending on local regulations.

Video recording at its best.

Maximise the video and sound quality of your video CV to show the best is you. VIMA’s recording platform will make sure your video quality is as good as it can be: sound check, positioning and light/exposure are optimised for the best possible output.

Honest and transparent feedback.

Your candidates deserve to learn from this experience and are provided with advice on how to improve. By building an open and transparent relationship, you will leave a positive impression on candidates, thereby increasing brand awareness. You will also have them differentiate themselves by highlighting their strongest assets: their skills.


Proof of Concept

Witness the power of our predictions by testing VIMA’s technology on your company’s past candidates and current employees.


VIMA stands for accuracy and scientific validation. For this reason, it provides customers with a specific proof of concept to perform an objective experiment using data from their company.


It is an objective and transparent test in the form of a blind validation:


1. Video CVs of past candidates

1.1 Your company provides VIMA with videos CVs of past candidates, alongside with the information of whom has been hired or not.

1.2 You keep on your side a sample of video CVs, not sharing it with VIMA.

2. Based on this data (1.1), VIMA provides you with a tailored recommendation system.

3. The video CVs that were kept aside (1.2) are tested by the recommendation system that outputs recommendation scores for each video of individual candidates.

4. You can now objectively see if the recommendation score fits with the reality, as you already know the candidates that have been hired. A high score suggests that candidates have been hired; a low score suggests that candidates have not been hired or that are performing poorly.

Note: if your company does not have video CVs of candidates at the moment, this proof of concept can also be done with video CVs of your employees.


Implementation and timeline

Enterprise integration

VIMA’s product is compatible with any Application Tracking Systems ATS or Human Resource Management System HRMS (e.g. WorkDay). VIMA will provide personalised IT support to help you set up the system with your IT team.


Continuous improvement

Benefit from the latest advancements from our research group in social computing and behavioural psychology. We are relentlessly advancing the accuracy of our AI systems to provide with the latest innovations in the field of behavioural intelligence.


Deploy the full power of VIMA’s product on your pool of candidates to select the best ones for your company.

For the first year, the Enterprise version is available at a discounted flat fee for unlimited use.

Depending on your company, you can opt for a payment per candidate or per job openings (with unlimited candidates).

For detailed information about our pricing, please contact sales@vima.swiss




APPENDIX – Skills and traits


The below skills and traits are currently understood by VIMA’s technology:


These traits directly relate to the Big Five (OCEAN) as well as Leadership.

  • Openness (vs. Conservatism)
  • Conscientiousness (vs. Impulsiveness)
  • Extraversion (vs. Introversion)
  • Agreeableness (vs. Antagonism)
  • Neuroticism (vs. Insensitivity)


Refers to the potential of candidates to be hired (how well candidates give such an impression to people).



About VIMA

VIMA is a spin-off of the Idiap Research Institute, a world-class AI centre affiliated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL. The company leverages over ten years of research in social computing, behavioural psychology, computer vision and speech processing.

The research has been partially funded by the Swiss Agency for Innovation Innosuisse and has been scientifically validated in high impact journals for years. Moreover, it has attracted worldwide attention by being referenced in Harvard Business Review.



Vima has been selected by the IMD Business School for its outstanding technology.

The company is ideally positioned to become the future leader in providing behavioural intelligence tools that will be key to unlock unheard of opportunities in next-generation human-machine interactions.









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