Recruitment may soon become much more enjoyable as an Australian university unveils plans to use video games to match jobseekers with hiring businesses.
Monash Talent, created by Monash University as a means of helping its graduates to better connect with employers, is a “game-based job and career matching platform”.
That platform is designed to allow employers to identify a range of characteristic traits to find the best fit for their business.
“Universities need to co-create innovative solutions with employers, since they are the ones that benefit from very capable graduates,” said Monash University president and vice-chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner.
On the Monash Talent platform, graduates are given a series of video games to play that are designed to access 50 emotional and cognitive traits – effectively providing a more modern, interactive and workable alternative to traditional aptitude and personality profiling tests.
Around 1,000 employers were consulted during development of the platform to identify the traits required of graduates in modern workplaces.
The main frustrations these employers expressed about recruiting graduates was the time and financial costs associated with recruitment, deciphering the best fit for the business as well as getting to grips with work rights for international graduates.
“We want the jobs to find our graduates and that is what Monash Talent is all about. It’s about the right grad for the right job and using the latest technology to make it happen quickly and painlessly for employers,” said Brooke Young, director of Monash Talent.
It is not immediately clear whether Monash will license the technology for use outside of its graduate network.