Human Resource Executive®’s Top HR Products contest spotlights 10 of the most innovative new solutions on the market that are helping business leaders meet the ever-evolving HR needs of their organizations.
Here’s one of this year’s winners:
What It Is: SHL Verify Interactive is a cognitive-ability assessment suite designed for the small screen on mobile devices. The tests measure general mental ability, deductive reasoning (drawing conclusions from partial information) and inductive reasoning (drawing inferences from, and understanding relationships among, various concepts). Candidates work on real-world tasks, such as reading business-related statements and determining which of the listed options cannot be true or must be true, interpreting charts and graphs, and reconciling cash-register totals. It uses multi-point scoring (partial credit for responses), which reduces testing time. The tests include 30 items in 36 minutes and generate separate scores for each ability. While these tests can be administered on any platform, all parts of each question fit on a single mobile-phone screen, eliminating the need to scroll or remember information across multiple pages, eliminating the common disadvantage of mobile test-taking.
Why We Like It: By providing a mobile-friendly series of tests, this product can enhance candidate diversity, since those with mobile-only access may also be less affluent than other applicants. Likewise, the tests are provided in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Simplified Chinese. Other companies’ mobile-optimized tests often feature non-business-related puzzles. While they may yield accurate results, the gamification aspect may lead candidates to misunderstand their importance. Plus, the shorter time SHL tests take compared to others can reduce candidate drop-off.