Video Based Assessments

Our focus here is on HireVue video based assessments and other video based techniques, such as video interviews.

Even though digital learning games have become common in education, relatively little attention has been paid to game-based assessment. Nevertheless, it has been argued that learning analytics could speed up the adoption of game-based learning by enhancing both summative and formative assessment practices. 

It’s hard enough to gain insights into a resume or profile. Especially for technical roles where the devil is in the details. But employers simply can’t bring every qualified candidate in for an in-person interview.

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Expand your talent pipeline by using video interviews

Unless they introduce video interviews. These can be completed virtually. Even via any candidate’s mobile. A video interview does then allow employers to drill down on a candidate’s employment value. Just as they would do in a face-to-face interview!

So, you fill your recruiting pipeline with worthy candidates. Then, your next stage in the recruiting lifecycle is to evaluate each candidate’s skills and qualifications. To move only the right ones through the pipeline.

There are other pitfalls in the conventional interviewing process that recruiters and hiring managers rely on. First, in spite of an evaluator’s best intentions, bias can creep into their process, both in content and manner, that can put a candidate at a disadvantage.

Second, an unstructured interviewing process can also unintentionally gloss over the most important skills that lead to on-the-job success.

Finally, it’s not always easy to build a scalable, repeatable process that can evaluate a large pool of good candidates without letting some slip through the cracks.

Game based learning

The popularity of video games has drawn researchers’ attention in the exploration of the possibility of  using video games to enhance knowledge, skills, and other personal attributes.

The idea of using games for serious purposes other than entertainment is called game-based learning. Advocates of game-based learning argue that well-designed video games represent solid learning principles. A fair amount of research shows that game-based learning is at least as effective as nongame conditions, such as class- room contexts.

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In addition, when game-based assessment is designed following a principled design framework such as evidence-centered design or cognitive design system, the assessment is likely to have high validity and reliability.

Game-based assessment is essentially performance-based assessment. Tasks that require students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by working through a task. Rather than a simple test of one’s ability to recall or recognize information, or supply self-reported information, performance-based assessment provides students with the opportunity to show their understanding and apply knowledge in meaningful settings.

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Scholars generally support the use of performance-based assessment to measure and support twenty-first-century skills over conventional types of assessment such as multiple-choice questions or filling in the blanks. However, there are a few challenges associated with the design and implementation of performance-based assessments. Some of the more difficult challenges include: (a) designing contexts that will fully elicit the competencies to be measured, (b) modeling the multidimensionality of constructs to be measured, (c) ensuring the validity and reliability (consistency) of the tasks, (d) providing appropriate feedback that is customized to each  individual situation, (e) automating the scoring of the various tasks, (f) accumulating the evidence across all task performances, and (g) reducing the development costs of assessments compared to traditional tests. Our premise in this chapter is that stealth assessment coupled with ECD provides a viable solution to these challenges.

Good games can provide an engaging and authentic environment designed to keep practice meaningful and personally relevant. With simulated visualization, authentic problem solving, and instant feedback, computer games can afford a realistic framework for experimentation.

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Another key feature of well-designed games that can enhance learning and motivation is adaptivity related to providing appropriate and adaptive levels of challenge. Gee has argued that the secret of a good game is not its D graphics and other bells and whistles, but its underlying architecture in which each level dances around the outer limits of the player’s abilities, seeking at every point to be hard enough to be just doable.

Similarly, psychologists (e.g., Vygotsky) have long argued that the best instruction hovers at the boundary of a student’s competence. Flow is another name for this phenomenon. It is a construct first proposed by Csikszentmihalyi to describe an optimal experiential state that involves complete immersion in an activity and a deep sense of enjoyment. Flow represents full engagement, which is crucial for deep learning.

Video-Interview Techniques – Video Based Assessment

In a video-based assessment, you’ll record your responses to a series of interview questions in your internet browser (on desktop computers) or on the HireVue App (on mobile devices). This is just like an on-demand video interview; you can complete it at the time that works best for you.

Game- Based Assessment

Game-Based Assessment. In a game-based assessment, you’ll complete a series of short games in your internet browser (on desktop) or on the HireVue App (on mobile). Just like a video-based assessment, you can complete your game-based assessment anytime, anywhere.

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Video-Based Assessment + Game-Based Assessment. This is just what it sounds like. After responding to the video portion of the assessment, you’ll also play a series of short games.

When you start the experience, we will tell you what type of assessment – or combination of assessments – you’ll see.

Here’s how you can ensure you do your very best on a HireVue Assessment:

How to Prepare for a Video-Based Assessment

In a video-based assessment, you’ll respond to a series of interview questions on your computer or smartphone. The entire experience is on demand: you can complete the interview whenever, wherever.

For example, for some customer-facing jobs, your interview may contain a question about how you would respond to an angry customer and you would be prompted to respond by recording an answer on video as if you were addressing that customer. In job roles such as these, your empathy, friendliness, and ability to address the emotions of the angry customer are critical.

We advise you to be aware that the employer will be able to see what is in the background of your video. While most video-based assessments take under 20-30 minutes to complete, you should set aside 45 minutes to stay on the safe side.

Preparing for the Video-Based Assessment

As you prepare for your video-based assessment, consider these tips. If some look familiar, this is because they are applicable to any interview situation. The same tips that help you succeed in a traditional interview will also help you succeed in a video-based assessment.

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the role you applied for
  • Be familiar with the different types of interview questions, and come into the assessment with approaches in mind for responding each type.

Common types of questions you’ll see in a video-based assessment are:

  • Situational judgement questions.
  • Scenario-based simulations. The key difference between this type of question and a situational judgment question is that you’ll act out your response, rather than explain it.
  • Past behavior questions.

Unlike a typical interview, you can complete a video-based assessment anytime, anywhere. You should take advantage of this. Be sure to take your assessment during the time of day you feel sharpest and most alert.

Can I Trick/Study/Practice for a Video-Based Assessment?

Beyond practicing like you would for any interview, no.There isn’t a cheat, hack, or trick.

You should also remember that if you pass the assessment, your video interview will be reviewed by recruiters and hiring managers.

Aside from traditional interview preparation, there is no way to study for a HireVue video-based assessment. HireVue does not work with any third parties to provide “training” or “preparation” services.

Frequently Asked Questions: Video-Based Assessments

Q: Do I need to maintain “eye contact” with my camera?

A: Not necessarily. A HireVue video-based assessment is looking at tens of thousands of factors. One little expression or individual factor makes very little difference in the overall score. Do what feels most natural to you.

Q: Does a video-based assessment look for “keywords”?

A: A HireVue video-based assessment considers the whole context of a response, not just certain words here or there. The same sort of evaluation happens in a video-based assessment. The key difference is that you can verbally describe the action you would take, rather than shoehorn your approach into one of several given options.

Q: Is this facial recognition technology?

A: No. HireVue does not use facial recognition technology or track facial features for identity recognition purposes.

Our focus here is on game based assessment.

Introduction to game based assessment

Game-based assessments evaluate a range of competencies. In particular, cognitive skills (e.g. numeracy, working memory, problem solving). Also, the cognitive component of behaviours. For example the emotion recognition component of empathy.

They are based on decades of psychological research. Hence game based assessments are used to predict job performance in a similar way. Since, game based assessments mimic tasks successfully used in traditional psychometric assessments.

Game based assessment strategies

  • Before playing each game, check which cognitive skills are being assessed.
  • Remember that many data points are collected in any game based assessment. You need to collect as many assessment points as possible.
  • The provider’s instructions will advise what you are expected to do. So, follow these instructions carefully.
  • You will most probably be taking the game based assessment on your mobile phone. So, you need to get into a focussed mindset.
  • Ensure your environment as quiet and disturbance free as possible
  • Finally, that is the level of detailed info that gamified assessments can measure.
  • Remember game based assessment companies aim to collect 1000’s, if not 10,000s data points about you and your performance.

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How to Prepare for a Game-Based Assessment

  • In a game-based assessment, you’ll complete a series of short games designed to measure skills relevant to your job role.
  • Just like your video-based assessment, you can complete the games whenever, wherever.
  • You might notice that the challenges you need to solve resemble those in traditional assessment – just in a more engaging, game-based format. At the beginning of each game, you can see a summary of the skills that are being assessed.

What to Expect

In a game-based assessment, you’ll play a series of short games. Each game takes approximately 3 minutes to complete and comes with its own instructions. Some of the games may remind you of “brain-teaser” type games.

Choosing Your Space

Game-based assessments often require a high degree of concentration and focus.

While some game-based assessments last only 7 minutes, others may last 15-20. You should set aside around 30 minutes of distraction-free time to stay on the safe side.

Preparing for the Game-Based Assessment

There are several steps you can take to prepare for a game-based assessment:

  • Charge or plug in your device of choice.
  • Take your assessment at a time when you are most awake and sharp. Most games require a high degree of focus; you’ll be most successful if you take your assessment when you are most alert.
  • Read instructions carefully. Make sure you understand what the game is all about before you start playing. The rules are simple and intuitive, and it might be tempting to just start. But reading the instructions is worthwhile.
  • Give yourself a breather between games. Take a second to relax after each game, so you can begin the next game fully refreshed and focused.

Game-Based Assessment Tips

Before you start playing each game, you are provided with instructions to explain what you are expected to do. The game then starts with some easy levels so you can get used to the game format and task, before levels increase in complexity.

Finding a distraction-free area is one of the most important steps you can take to succeed on a game-based assessment.

Most tasks are mentally challenging, but the game format is easy to follow and interact with. Presenting our assessment challenges in a game based format allows us to make them as engaging as possible, and to motivate you to perform at your best.

Video Based Assessment Design Work with Hire Vue GBA 

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Designing GBA Digital Assessments

Rob Williams Assessment Ltd specialise in designing bespoke digital assessments.

A key part of any assessment project is identifying the most important criteria for successful performance. We can help you apply the assessment techniques that business psychology has shown to be the most effective for selecting high job performers. Rob Williams Assessment can advise you on the products that best fit your requirements.

Having worked for many of the UK’s leading consultancies, Rob Williams has extensive experience of assessment for recruitment and for development.

Video based Assessments for Graduates

GBAs are becoming a core component of many graduate recruitment recruitment schemes. For example Accenture, Deloitte and Unilever’s graduate recruitment schemes.

Games-based assessments are the future I   GradWeb  I  April 6, 2016

Time to reboot the gamification of recruitment Daniel Howden | June 7, 2017

Using games for graduate selection – what’s the score? I  Managing Director, Arctic Shores

HireVue Video based Assessments for High Volume

Revelian approach to game based assessment

Revelian’s Cognify

Going digital is the future of candidate assessment I  Alexander Mann  I Mar 8 2017

Gamification in Recruiting: It’s Becoming More Fun to Apply for a Job I  April 04, 2016

The Future of Psychometric Testing in the Workplace: Testing in a Digital Era – Gaming types

Games as Personality Profiling Tools  I  Van Lankveld, Spronck, Van den Herik, and Arnoud Arntz

Can we reliably measure the general factor of intelligence (g) through commercial video games? Yes, we can!

Psychometric Considerations in game based assessment

Game Based Learning

More Than Just a Dream: How Real Teachers Use Game-Based Assessment Every Day

Designing assessments for a digitalised world | Cambridge Assessment

E-assessment – Cambridge Assessment

MindX – Entry Talent Sifting

The digital assessment supplier MindX, with their cutting-edge cognitive ability mini-game tests, are a leading UK supplier of game based assessment for entry talent.

Video based interview tips

These are our top Video Interview tips.

  • Firstly, remember that many of the good practices you’re familiar with for face-to-face interviews will still apply. In particular you will need to dress smart and to appear well-groomed. Also, ensure that you maintain eye contact as much as possible with the camera.
  • Secondly, answer the video interview questions as concisely as possible. Make the most efficient use of the time available for each question. There will be a countdown timer, so use it as your guide!
  • FInally, show some consideration for your video interviewing company. If it is a reputable, research-driven video interviewing company (such as HireVue) there will be software analysing your changes in facial expression and body lanaguage. Plus, content analysis softward to analyse your interview answers.

How should you conduct your HireVue video interview?

Remember to:

  • Keep your camera steady
  • Have your head and shoulders positioned square on to your camera
  • Rest your camera on a flat surface
  • Ensure that the room where you are conducting the interview is well-lit.

Verbal Reasoning practice test book

Firstly, Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests book by Rob Williams

Numerical reasoning Tests.

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Secondly, Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests book by Rob Williams

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