Game-based Assessments for Hiring — What You Need to Know

Are game-based assessments the future of employment testing? In the podcast below, I talk about that question with Ben Hawkes. He’s an I/O psychologist, co-founder of BlackHawke Behavior Science, and selection assessment lead for Shell International.

This episode touches on:

  • Whether gamified assessments are true games
  • Where the risk lies. Making sure you are not buying game-assessments for the sizzle — because the steak may taste like crap
  • “Non-contextualized” games, which have a simulated environment such as outer space or under the ocean
  • Accessibility standards

Dr. Charles Handler is a thought leader, analyst, and practitioner in the talent assessment and human capital space. Throughout his career Dr. Handler has specialized in developing effective, legally defensible employee selection systems. 

Since 2001 Dr. Handler has served as the president and founder of Rocket-Hire, a vendor neutral consultancy dedicated to creating and driving innovation in talent assessment.  Dr. Handler has helped companies such as Intuit, Wells Fargo, KPMG, Scotia Bank, Hilton Worldwide, and Humana to design, implement, and measure impactful employee selection processes.

Through his prolific writing for media outlets such as, his work as a pre-hire assessment analyst for Bersin by Deloitte, and worldwide public speaking, Dr. Handler is a highly visible futurist and evangelist for the talent assessment space. Throughout his career, Dr. Handler has been on the forefront of innovation in the talent assessment space, applying his sound foundation in psychometrics to helping drive innovation in assessments through the use of gaming, social media, big data, and other advanced technologies.

Dr. Handler holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana State University.