If you are a recruiter in the APAC region then you have heard the buzz around “online assessments“. We also know that there is a lot of information, in plenty on the internet cluttering the already muddled understanding of online assessing recruiters have.
In Singapore, 94% of recruiters use online marketing channels for recruiting. Employers who used social media marketing for hiring found a 49% improvement in candidate quality when compared to candidates sourced only through traditional recruiting channels. This number has been on the increase for the last 6 years.
Recruitment industry has had the buzz about online recruitment and assessments for a long time now, however, before we dive into the details explaining the hype around these tools let us first understand what is an online assessment test.
Online assessment tests are conducted via computers under remotely proctored environment and has the advantage of being authenticated by Subject matter experts (SMEs). Online recruitment brings in efficiency of the whole procedure along with immediate feedback. Online examinations are slowly replacing the traditional examination approach. A major highlight of using an online examination system is that it gives a high level of transparency as opposed to the traditional method. Most online exams generate their results instantly and it is often possible for the exam taker to get information on his results immediately. However, one question always lingers back, is it really useful for recruitment?
Online recruitment platforms have the benefit of not only being accessible anytime and anywhere there are few more benefits that online recruitment brings with itself to assist you in your recruitment process. Such as:
One of the major ways that an online assessment platform helps in recruitment is having an applicant tracking system (ATS) in place. Most of the platforms in today’s market comes with an inbuilt ATS which helps in tracking the resumes of applicants in a more precise manner and in many cases they filter applications automatically based on given criteria such as keywords, skills, former employers, years of experience and schools attended, etc.
Validation of outcome:
When you opt for a manual examination process there are chances of committing errors while examining the answers. Online assessments ensure validation of the outcomes of the test. The results or reports created are validated for accuracy and efficiency.
These tools ensures that there is a standardized administration throughout the test. You can be ensured that all the candidates taking up the test receive consistent administration no matter when they take up the test or from where.
Reduced cost and time:
One of the major concerns while choosing a recruitment procedure is the cost incurred and time spent while conducting the whole process. Fret not, those worries are bygones now. You need not worry about administrator’s, compensation for invigilators, equipment, consumable test materials etc.
Similarly the long lost hours taken to go through every candidate’s profile and resumes will be saved as you will get ready made reports as per your requirements. This will bring us to the next point, Reporting and analysis.
Reporting and analysis:
Efficiency and preciseness is what an online assessment tool brings in to the report of a candidate and its analysis. The reports are detailed and analytical in nature where the candidate’s section wise performance is analysed and compiled for you to make a more informed decision.
What is An ATS?
ATS or an Applicant Tracking System recruitment is one of the most unparalleled inventions that has happened in the recruitment industry recently. ATS in simpler words is a software which screens and parses dozens and even hundreds of resumes and applications. And it will definitely take your recruiting manager or hiring team hours and hours to manually screen through the resumes. An ATS uses various algorithms to generate the results in an automated way and helps in narrowing down the best fit for the job opening.
ATS or Applicant Tracking Software basically helps in filtering and giving a structure to the recruitment process, this way it is easier for the recruiting manager to filter out the more suitable candidate from the ones who don’t. That means, invariably an ATS is triggered to screen an application based on how it is written and not on what the information is conveying. ATS is becoming one of the primary ways of how companies these days are recruiting their new employees as well as keeping the required on-boarding information of all their current and former employees.
Using an ATS tracking system means that you do not have to rely on ten other software to help you in your process. It means you do not have to sit and work on spreadsheets, emails, elaborate and complicated filing systems, etc. ATS does it all for you in a single place. The main benefit of having an ATS tracking system in your business is that it provides a very seamless experience and all the collaboration features are customization so that you are always aware of the stage that the recruitment loop is in.
Evalground’s dedicated Applicant Tracking System can be used to filter applications based on given criteria such as keywords, marks scored, skills, years of experience, etc. C-Track helps you in not only maintaining the track of candidates applied but also in customizing the hiring process as per your requirement. Before shortlisting the candidates who applied for a job position, it is very important to organize the hiring process. This ensures that you are tracking the right candidates.
For example, the hiring process can be narrowed down to five different rounds. Each round shows the shortlisted candidates in that particular round, giving you a very clear view of your recruitment funnel.