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Game-based assessments are gathering significant momentum as next generation assessments
Despite widespread use of assessments , a majority of organizations say they’re underwhelmed by existing solutions. Many of the available tools just seem a bit outdated and stale. Game-based assessments offer a powerful, candidate-friendly alternative to traditional assessment testing.
Game-based assessments are pre-hire assessments built as games to assess candidates’ skills in a quick and engaging experience.
Advantages of game-based assessments include:
Mobile game play: candidates get invited by their prospective employer to complete a tailored set of fast-paced and secure games on their phone.
Engaging experience : The video game format creates a less intimidating experience for candidates.
Constructive candidate feedback: at the end of a typical game-based assessment, candidates get automated, constructive performance feedback – further contributing to a candidate-centric hiring process.
Test-takers typically complete a game-based assessment via an app or website. With 61 million digitally native people from Gen Z entering the workforce and spending an average of 4 hours and 15 minutes a day on their phone, recruiters ignore mobile technology at their own peril.
Game-based assessments are flexible and can be administered on a standalone basis (through an enterprise portal) or via an ATS / HRIS (through API integration). In both cases the experience is fast to complete and easy to use for candidates and highly scalable for talent acquisition teams.
While resumes give a view into what candidates have done or past jobs they don’t accurately measure skills. Accurately assessing candidate skills and reliably predicting a job candidate’s potential is critical for an effective recruitment and selection process. In fact, the cognitive capacity and agility mindset of an organization’s workforce are core contributors to its competitiveness and innovation potential.
Consistently delivering high performance and productivity in knowledge-based jobs is about finding effective solutions to novel problems, dealing with changing, complex and/or ambiguous situations, and thinking clearly under pressure. In fact, candidates can often compensate for lack of relevant work experience through their willingness to learn; this is particularly true in today’s fast-evolving, tech-enabled environments .
Game-based assessments are perfectly suited for measuring these critical cognitive skills.
Gamers typically expend a high degree of cognitive resources whilst playing video and smartphone games, research has revealed. Thus, it is not surprising that games can be adapted to accurately and reliably measure cognitive abilities, as well as job-relevant personality traits. Also, their accuracy is similar (and increasingly higher!) when compared to longer and more repetitive text-based assessments.
Game-based assessments can accurately evaluate:
The most common game-based assessments are used to assess cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, and personality. There are multiple types of game-based assessments that may evaluate the same trait or competencies, and the assessment may adapt in real-time based on performance to dynamically learn about the candidate.
A common example of a game to assess your work style and personality would show two photos and you select which is more like you. Is your desk busy or minimal? Do you prefer being surrounded by people or in your own space? By answering these types of questions, you can inform the assessment of your personality and work style.
Simulating real-life work examples is also common in game-based assessments. For a customer service role, there may be a game simulating a customer complaint, and presenting differing responses to achieve a resolution.
There is no way to cheat or trick a game-based assessment, but you can prepare.