The world is at our fingertips. Literally. Mobile devices and applications have irrevocably changed our lives. Whether it’s for business or pleasyre, the first device of choice for the 21st century professional is inevitably their mobile phone. And, why not? With technology and infrastructure continuing their march at breakneck pace, it’s only natural that every aspect of existence is impacted.
The pandemic accelerated the transition of the mobile as our gateway to the world. From grocery shopping to learning, mobiles became a part of every facet of life. When companies struggled with business continuity, several applications emerged and became a staple on our computers and mobiles. HR teams established new processes and explored new technologies to attract and retain talent. Recruitment became virtual, and continues to remain largely hybrid. Learning and assessments too, naturally transitioned to mobile devices.
The value of online assessments continues to be appreciated by businesses. As job seekers increasingly use their phones for job hunting and applications, companies are looking towards mobile assessments or m-assessments in a bid to attract the best talent. Mobile assessments are assessments that are delivered on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. Mobile recruitment platforms are expected to garner traction, with people preferring to use their phones to hunt for jobs. There are several reasons for the increasing popularity of mobile recruitment.
Advantages of mobile-friendly assessments
In schools, educational institutions and even adult learning, mobile assessments are useful for formative assessment stages, where they provide real-time feedback about student understanding. With dynamic polls, quizzes, and mini-contests, mobile assessments can make testing an enjoyable and stress-free activity. This increases student engagement and learning. Students can be asked to type up short responses or essay-based answers too, if required. Mobile assessments can be designed as games, adding a fun factor to learning. The interactive element in m-assessments helps shy learners participate better and be assessed more accurately.
Teachers can even give m-assessments as homework, and use the responses to plan out the next day in class. Using tools to analyse the responses, they have an insight into the learning gaps, allowing for better instruction in the following days. With increased student engagement, mobile assessments enable an interactive and collaborative learning environment.
Mobile assessments are equally useful when it comes to recruitment. Talent assessments can be made available on mobile devices, giving companies the ability to assess candidates at remote geographic locations, without having them travel to any of the testing hubs. All types of talent assessments can be provided on the mobile platform – technical assessments, psychometric and behavioural assessments, to name a few.
Companies want to provide the most convenient experience to candidates, to gain a competitive advantage. Candidates are looking for easy and flexible options for taking assessments. With an increasing number of job applicants using mobile devices, companies are open to giving candidates the convenience of appearing for the assessment anytime and anywhere, as well as on any device.
Considerations for using mobile assessments
Mobile assessments are a convenient and flexible option. Solutions that adopt a mobile-first delivery approach must ensure that the assessment application will function on all devices. The mobile assessment should be intuitive to use on smartphones and tablets of different sizes. It should not require too much scrolling. The assessment itself should not have any distractions, such as colourful screens or graphics, and should have a fixed duration so as to keep the candidate engaged. The assessment software should be platform and device-agnostic. Ideally, the assessment should also have accessibility features, to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity. Needless to say, the mobile assessment solutions should offer fraud detection, ID verification and online proctoring to ensure fair testing.
HirePro’s rich functional assessments platform offers a range of assessments – technical, aptitude, psychometric – to name a few. Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, these assessments are fraud-proof with HirePro’s online proctoring platform.
In a dynamic, digitally and globally connected world, mobile assessments improve candidate reach, and ease out the process for talent assessment. Offering talent assessments across multiple platforms with a candidate-first approach helps companies capture the best talent.