Some day, your resume or interview might not be what lands you a job. One major company is now using a video game to evaluate candidates.
A detailed article by The Guardian explains how the consultancy and accounting firm Deloitte is taking a completely different approach to their hiring methods by focusing on the qualities of the employee's skills rather than their background, education or other factors. They tapped Arctic Shores to create a special "psychometric" game for evaluating candidates.
One managing partner of Deloitte, Emma Codd, explained the reasoning behind this strategy. She says that this method results in a diverse pool of recruits:
We need people to join Deloitte from a variety of backgrounds, bringing a range of perspectives and experience. There is compelling evidence that alternative recruitment methods support this objective, helping to identify exceptional talent by providing opportunities for the millennial generation to shine.
Deloitte is utilizing a mobile game called Firefly Freedom. It's no different than many other games available on tablets and phones today. The player collects fireflies to provide their family with a light source through the winter. The fascinating thing about the seemingly simple app is that it puts users through a series of tests that rate things like consistency, risk management and aversion, diligence, perfectionism and situational awareness.
This game is an interesting way to evaluate qualities that you can't always determine in face to face interviews. After all, how can you measure risk assessment just from a 30-minute conversation? Furthermore, a game like this can be used to evaluate thousands of candidates anywhere in the world. I'm sure this evaluation will also be more comfortable for people with poor social skills that still excel in the areas needed for their profession.
Of course, the method of using a game to determine the qualifications of an applicant isn't perfect. The article points out someone who scored well on a similar test but turned out to be a meth addict. There's also the issue of the app being somewhat useless for jobs where people skills and communication are necessary.
Deloitte is just one of more than a handful of different agencies and businesses that will be using video game apps to measure certain employee qualifications during their interview and hiring process. I can't say it's without its faults, but it's definitely an intriguing approach to using video games as a way to get a job.