When it comes to virtual assessment centres, there are a whole host of benefits that you don’t get from a face-to-face centre. In fact, we’ve written an article on just that!
There are, however, some things that need to be done slightly differently in a virtual world to make a virtual assessment centre just as successful as a face-to-face assessment centre. You can still receive the same benefits. You just have to think about how to tweak your approach when replicating them in an online world.
Here are our 3 top things that need to be done slightly differently to really benefit from the move to virtual.
It’s important to put in the preparation prior to the virtual assessment centre – in fact, most of the work is front-loaded. This is also true to some extent with face-to-face centres, but the right set up for a virtual centre is critical to the entire day running smoothly.
In a face-to-face centre, you can firefight slightly easier by quickly running off to find the candidate who is meant to be in an activity ‘right this second’. Virtually, if it isn’t on the candidate’s timetable, it’s harder to rectify.
That being said, the benefit of a virtual centre is that you can road test most of the elements before the day. Talenscio makes it easy for the centre administrator to see a universal timetable as well as everyone’s individual agendas. This overview makes it easy to spot gaps or errors quickly and easily.
All in all, with the right attention to detail, virtual centres can be a much smoother experience for everyone!
Face-to-face centres can be a bit of an “all-hands-on-deck” situation. Facilitators and assessors can all end up pitching in to help with different things to ensure the day stays on track.
In a virtual world, this doesn’t quite work in the same way. Instead, it’s really important to have specific roles assigned and all participants need to be aware of who is doing what. This is particularly true if candidates or assessors need some help!
Some of the roles you should consider assigning are:
Virtual doesn’t have to mean impersonal! You can still include personal elements throughout the day.
Some of our favourite features built into Talenscio include:
Talenscio is an online tool with a clear purpose: we want to make assessing your current and future talent as easy and effective as possible.
As our world becomes more and more digital, we want to make sure businesses can benefit from the ease that technology provides without compromising on the experience or outcomes of face-to-face centres.
As a system designed by recruiters for recruiters, Talenscio makes recruitment easy in the face of Covid-19, reduces businesses’ environmental impact and brings people together regardless of physical distance and time differences.