November 21, 2014
Listen here. Aired on Marketplace.
I was looking into a story about workplace personality tests, but during the research stage it became a piece about hiring via video games. It's worth listening to this rather than reading the web script, because I actually play some of the games during the piece. And these games can be tough. Go to Pymetrics.com and play for yourself if you don't believe me (or am I just worryingly slow?) To be able to play all 12 games I did you'll need to set up a profile on the site. One of the games I enjoyed was the one from which I took the screenshot above. It asks you to guess what someone is feeling just by looking at the expression in their eyes.
It's probably too early to tell if this is the future of hiring, but a few companies are in the early stages of trying it out.