The Pros and Cons of Game-Based Job Assessments
Many employers are switching to using third-party recruiting companies and game-based job assessments to evaluate candidates. Here are some of the pros and cons and what they mean for you as a job-seeker.
These are some of the positive aspects of game-based job assessments:
They Can Be Fun
Playing a game-based assessment could be a fun alternative to the regular dull 100-question-long assessments. If you like playing video games, you'll probably enjoy the change of pace.
Game Assessments Are Often Shorter
Game-based job assessments are often much shorter than traditional ones, though some can be longer. Generally, a game-based assessment might take only 10 minutes, while a traditional one can take up to an hour to complete.
They May Eliminate Bias
Many employers claim that using the game-based assessment process eliminates bias. That claim could be true, as it would prevent selecting people solely based on their resume content.
Here's why you may not care for game-based job assessments:
The game-based assessments might seem much more impersonal than assessments that ask straightforward questions about your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. They may also seem a little shady.
An AI Program Is Your "Interviewer"
An artificial intelligence program will decide whether you are fit for a job based on an algorithm with rule sets that could be unfair. Thus, you may not get a chance to speak to a human being about the job because a computer "predicted" you won't be a good fit based on ambiguous rule sets.
The Game May Have Nothing To Do With the Job
You might find that the game-based assessment has nothing to do with the job, which will make you wonder about its true purpose. That's not to say that all game-based assessments are bad news. Some of them use real scenarios, and you can clearly tell the point is to gauge your compassion, empathy, problem-solving skills, etc. Others are not well designed, and many people may end up without job opportunities because of it.
Game-based assessments seem more for the employers' benefit than the candidates'. Still, they seem to be a growing part of today's hiring process, and you need to learn more about them as a job-seeker.Job Search Tips