Board games come in all shapes and sizes. Some appeal to specific qualities such as being able to think several steps ahead (Chess), being a good loser (Man-worse-you-don’t) and business insight (Monopoly).
There are thousands of board games and a game that is selected is intended to match the characteristics sought in an applicant.
In addition, regardless of the game, the applicant’s nervousness diminishes and seeing him perform when he is comfortable lets his true nature emerge in a playful way.
We believe job interviews can benefit from more playful methods to assess applicants. It breaks the ice and makes the applicant feel more comfortable. We envision the applicant playing the board game together with the recruiter for 10 minutes and where the previous applicant stops, the next applicant will continue. Short, powerful, and fun!
Our suggested board games (but not limited to!);
Though it started as a playful joke between the authors of this blog with a what-if, it turns out to be a pretty good idea to try. Everybody knows the feeling of being nervous for a job interview and this can impact the assessment. This method we propose should be seen as an addition to existing assessment methods, but one of the more playful ones currently available.
To summarize, will this work? No idea! Worth trying? Absolutely! We are eagerly awaiting findings showcasing experiences with this type of assessment method.
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