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How to do a professional scenario in an interview?

How to do a professional scenario in an interview?

5 minutes

Jan 31, 2023

Written by Théo Janot

As a recruiter, you've probably noticed that it's becoming increasingly difficult to assess a candidate's potential. Is this person perfect for my company? Would this exceptional talent make a good colleague? These questions are important because it is the people who make the company successful.

In order to secure this recruitment, a method is necessary: the professional scenario. In this article, we will present this practice and its advantages, as well as the different ways to implement it.


1 - What is a professional scenario


First of all, it is important not to confuse it with the period of work placement, which provides an overview of a particular profession or sector. In fact, the professional scenario is a selection tool used by recruiters during their hiring process.


These are two very different things

It often takes place during an interview and its purpose is to test candidates in a real situation, on specific tasks or not, in order to analyze their skills and behavior in relation to the difficulties encountered.

Following this, the recruiter determines whether the results are in line with the expected criteria.


2 - The advantages of a professional scenario


Let's look at its various advantages through four points :


2.1 - Detecting attitudes

The professional scenario is a good way to highlight a variety of skills in candidates. It offers natural and spontaneous reactions that can be very instructive in determining whether the candidate is likely to succeed in the proposed position.


2.2 - Securing the hiring process

While the face-to-face interview is essential in recruitment, it may provide only a limited view of a prospective employee's skills and motivations. In some cases, once in place, the employee may not be able to handle unexpected situations and challenges, causing negative consequences for the company. In fact, bad recruitment can lead to costs and influence your turnover rate.


2.3 - Discovering potential

This type of tests are not only effective in identifying the candidates' weaknesses, but also their strengths. This is crucial in revealing talents that might otherwise remain hidden. Especially since the desire to make a good impression, or the stress during the interview, can work against them and prevent them from showing their true worth.


2.4 - Improving the employer brand

The employer brand is double-edged. It is often associated with an unpleasant moment because of its format... but it can also be turned to your advantage, with for example a playful process that will reinforce the company's reputation in the eyes of candidates as an original and attractive employer. The company can also highlight the fact that it seeks to establish a fair recruitment process that focuses on concrete skills. It also demonstrates the ability of human resources to adapt to the trends of the job market, with modern recruitment processes that listen to the candidates.


These 4 points are crucial for your business


3 - How to do a professional scenario


You may have been convinced by the professional scenario, and you wish to use it for your job offers. In order for it to be as effective as possible, you must first follow a certain procedure.

As a recruiter, clearly identify the elements you wish to evaluate. You can then determine the content of the exercise, whether it is a replacement or a new position. It can be done individually or in a group, in a specific work setting or outside of it. This will allow for the evaluation of the candidates' skills by immersing them in unusual situations and why not have them collaborate. A scoring process can also be put in place to help you make your decision.

However, keep in mind that the objective of this activity is not to provide "right" or "wrong" answers, but rather to observe the natural reactions of the candidates in order to have a global vision of their skills and personality and to choose the profile that best suits your needs.

As mentioned earlier, the process can quickly become time-consuming, a real problem when you know the heavy workload that weighs on HR teams. To address this, powerful testing tools can facilitate these missions. Experts on the subject, they can be implemented at the start of the recruitment project to carry out an initial follow-up of your candidates or more downstream to select the profiles you prefer.

These are very often online questionnaires, so how could they replace your role professional scenario ? At Yuzu we have also worked on this question. To develop a service that corresponds to the new demands of recruiters and candidates, we have chosen immersion.



Accompanied by the team of the Lorraine Laboratory of Psychology and Neuroscience of Behavioral Dynamics, we create scenarios to evaluate the soft-skills of candidates. In the form of a video game, in the cloud, the talents are put into action in fictional situations. Afterwards, our clients as well as the candidates get a feedback of the results. This ensures a strong candidate experience and maximizes your chances of finding your future colleague to fill the position. It is also an opportunity for all those assessed to learn more about themselves.




The new HR trends only confirm the new challenges of recruitment. This is why the role of recruiters is changing and the processes are changing with them.

Job shadowing is only one part of this process. However, be aware of its importance and the benefits it could bring to your recruitment process. By detecting attitudes and potential, it offers the opportunity to ensure the relevance of your recruitment and to improve your employer brand.

With this article, you have the keys to carry out your own professional scenarios. If you don't have enough time or if you wish to rely on the expertise of an assessment actor, the Yuzu team will be happy to assist you in your soft skills assessment processes.