Want a job? Bring your game (how video games are effective tools for employee training and for sorting out prospective candidates during recruitment)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 30 August 2011

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(2011), "Want a job? Bring your game (how video games are effective tools for employee training and for sorting out prospective candidates during recruitment)", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 19 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/hrmid.2011.04419faa.012

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Want a job? Bring your game (how video games are effective tools for employee training and for sorting out prospective candidates during recruitment)

Article Type: Abstracts From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 19, Issue 6

Perkins B. Information Age (Australia), March/April 2011, Start page: 50, No. of pages: 2

Describes how video games are proving effective as tools for both training employees and for sorting out prospective candidates during recruitment. Explains that video games can simulate many jobs for training or recruiting purposes, and repetitive jobs such as those involved in call centres, banks, and meter reading are easily simulated, as are many hands-on jobs such as air conditioning, automotive, and appliance repair technician jobs. Notes that more complex games can simulate the “soft skills” requirements of first-line supervisors and salespeople for moderately complex goods, such as cars, and mobile phones, while these games model how to build rapport, clarify technical information, and discuss potentially uncomfortable topics, such as conflict between employees. Considers the ability of video action games to improve gamers’ ability to process visual and auditory information. Stresses that, although standardized personality tests have long been accepted tools for employee selection, it is necessary to comply with any government hiring regulations. Concludes that, overall, video games are a boon for over-worked and under-staffed human resource management (HRM) organizations and provide a highly effective way to identify the most promising candidates from a large application pool. ISSN: 1324-5945 Reference: 40AK483

Keywords: Human resource management, Recruitment, Video games, Organizations