Playful logic tests in recruitment: HR guide
Let’s start with a definition: logic tests are psycho-technical assessments designed to measure an individual’s ability to solve problems, reason abstractly, and think logically. Like an IQ (intelligence quotient) test, these questionnaires are not meant to measure intelligence; they only serve to put figures and words on the different factors that compose it.
Typically, these tests are used in the fields of education or psychology, but they can also be used in the field of recruitment in addition to job interviews.
Measuring a person’s cognitive and analytical skills makes it possible to objectively assess their level and compare it to other profiles looking for the same position. Long neglected, these behavioral skills are now as important as technical skills.
But the more time passes, the more the traditional logic tests become obsolete and restrictive in the eyes of the candidates. The new generation of talent needs more engaging or challenging tests, and the new generation of employers needs to secure their hires while improving their employer brand. This is how the market saw the birth of a new tool capable of meeting both demands: playful logic tests.
Traditional logic tests
Usually, so-called “traditional” logic tests take the form of a series of questions with visual diagrams or sequences to complete, also called patterns. Candidates must identify the rules that make up these sequences to understand how they work, and must therefore adopt a logical reasoning that will allow them to complete these sequences. There are many types of tests:
- Inductive reasoning tests : These tests consist of identifying the underlying logic behind a series of symbols, numbers or letters, in order to deduce one of the items from the list, represented by a question mark. It will often be necessary to guess the number of points on a face of a domino, or even the nature of a missing card in a classic card game.
- Logical matrix tests : These tests consist of identifying the implicit pattern hidden behind a matrix (often composed of geometric figures) and determining which figure logically completes the matrix.
- Verbal reasoning tests : These tests test candidates’ ability to identify verbal analogies, inferences and more generally relationships between words or concepts. They aim to awaken the analytical mind of the candidates and to test their knowledge of the French language.
- Abstract reasoning tests : These tests measure the candidate’s ability to interpret and identify relationships between several elements. Most of these tests come in the form of a MCQ with four choices including an odd one out, the goal being of course to guess which of the choices represents the odd one out.
There are plenty of other types of tests, but now you know the most popular of them. The results of these tests allow recruiters to assess their candidates and thus make informed decisions during the selection process.
The Role of Video Games in Logic Testing
Logic tests and video games are a great love story. Where the first simply poses riddles while waiting for an answer, the second offers the player an immersion in a credible universe. This process allows you to put yourself in the shoes of a character, to get caught up in the game and to make these puzzles even more fun than before.
- When a player is immersed in a thrilling adventure, where problem solving and logical thinking are required, these are no longer constraints, but challenges to be met. Take for example the games of the famous Professor Layton : British gentleman and renowned archaeologist, this eccentric character is passionate about complex investigations. Its games provide players with challenging puzzles to solve, whether they are math puzzles, logic problems or simple memory games. To progress in the story, players must therefore demonstrate reflection and observation to overcome these puzzles.
- Another example is the well-known Doctor Kawashima, a Japanese neuroscientist with a passion for the capabilities of the human brain. The games in this series, such as “Brain Training”, offered various exercises to stimulate and train the brains of the players. There were tests of memory, attention, mental arithmetic and quick thinking. Using a performance tracking system, players could track their progress and try to improve their performance over time.
- Let’s take one last case: Pheonix Wright, the famous lawyer from the Ace Attorney series. We play as a young man passionate about justice getting immersed in complex criminal cases, where it is necessary to gather evidence and question witnesses in order to elucidate mysterious cases. We will have to present logical and tangible arguments to the court, which requires careful analysis of all the elements presented to us. These games require a capacity of memorization, but also ask us to identify the contradictions in the dialogues of the characters; this is what makes Ace Attorney the ideal license for lovers of logic and intrigue games.
As you will have understood, video games have had a phenomenal impact in the way of evaluating behavioral skills. These games are not perceived as boring or restrictive by players, they are seen as entertainment and a fun way to improve their cognitive abilities. It is this fun aspect that Yuzu has studied at length, in order to offer the world a new way of evaluating the skills of candidates.
The Next Generation Logic Test: Yuzu
After several years of R&D with researchers in Work Psychology and Neuroscience, we imagined Yuzu: a new generation and gamified Assessment Center for human resources centers and more particularly recruiters.
With Yuzu, talents are immersed in situations developed with the latest Video Game technologies, each adventure evaluating a knowledge of being in 10 minutes.
Indeed, our objective is, through the different scenarios, to make candidates forget the fact that they are being assessed. In addition, our assessments are accessible to all profiles thanks to simplified controls and cloud technologies (all you need is a computer and an internet connection to be assessed).
The advantages of our solution:
- An exceptional candidate experience to boost your employer brand;
- A solution accessible to all to ensure equal opportunities;
- A decision support tool for detecting and enhancing soft skills.
Our advice: During your search for logic tests, take the time to choose one that makes sense for your company culture (and the image you want to send back to candidates).
The use of playful logic tests in the context of recruitment processes is not only useful for renewing them, but it also brings a new dimension to the selection of candidates. They provide the ability to bypass traditional job interviews and personality quizzes, focusing instead on candidates’ cognitive abilities and reasoning abilities, which are objective values.
These digital tests are a solution that is both effective and innovative: by evaluating your candidates through fun exercises, you will be able to better understand their personality and their work approaches according to the positions to be filled. Your reading of the profiles will be all the more simplified, and your mental load will be reduced. With these new tools at your disposal, you will be led to make fewer recruitment errors and you will therefore reduce your turnover rate.
If you are interested in the method and you want to be sure to succeed in your recruitments, Yuzu is the tool you need! In addition to providing a concrete response to the digitalization of hiring, it will help you confirm and recruit the ideal profiles for your company.