It is likely that we will have to play video games at job interviews in the near future. Some companies already started using games to assess job applicants.
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Good news for gamers as more and more companies started asking job applicants to show their gaming skills. The job market is not what it used to be. It is no secret that no one can find work, having to go to numerous interviews and tests, to get a disappointing notice at the end. Employers have become more wary about whom they hire. According to an analysis, the hiring process has nearly doubled in the last 4 years.
I order to cut the cost of the interview process, some companies tried using work-force analytics software, but these tools proved ineffective. The software often lead to a promising candidate being overlooked due to the flaws of implementation. The time has come to change something and to do it in a right way for both employers and employees.
"There is a huge amount of money to be made in matching people to their careers better," an economist at M.I.T. Erik Brynjolfsson told The New York Times. Brynjolfsson is an economist at MIT and also an advisory at Knack, a start-up company that uses video games as a screening device.
Knack's video games are used to determine how cautious, capable, creative, adept at multitasking or easily distracted job applicants are. For example, their Wasabi Waiter game give player a role of a server at a sushi restaurant, with a goal to figure out what dishes they should recommend to customers. Knack has also provided services to other companies, including Shell and several medical employers.
There are several other companies offering same services as the Knack. ConnectCubed has a rapid-fire quizzes, memory games and useful special reasoning tests. You can try a demo on their website and see how skilled you are.
"We want to build on the power of games to help people discover what makes them unique: their talents, their traits, their true potential," Knack's website explains. "We believe Knack is the ultimate way to discover your talent and potential. It's more powerful, more authentic, more engaging, and more accessible."
While these video games can prove extremely useful to employers, there are still few things to consider. Humans are still better than computers at assessing important soft skills such as empathy. On top of that, skilled applicants could be gaming the system to get a better score.
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