What do you need to know about skill assessment?

What is skill assessment and how can it help you? Part 2

By Sharon Vaz

5 Mar 2021

5 min read

How do skill assessments work at talent4gig?

At talent4gig we work with you to determine what it is you want to assess. 

We develop and run a coding challenge based on your skill requirements.  This is also a real-world example of a mini project that candidates can produce in a few hours to give you an insight into how the candidates work, how they follow instructions, how they follow tasks.  

This allows us to analyze the results and provide you with easy-to-read reports that let you make informed decisions based on the criteria that are important to you.  

These targeted coding challenges can be used in a variety of ways.

  • To perform a skill gap analysis for your team - make sure you know where there are training opportunities to grow your team for future challenges you may face
  • Year-end reviews.  With a coding challenge event, you don’t have to rely on the normal review process - a coding challenge can show you who the best person on the team is, who has improved, who needs training.  It can also be run as a game to show progress and increase team morale.
  • Acquisitions & Restructuring - by running a coding challenge you will be able to see where there are skills gaps and overlaps.  You will also be able to accurately see who is underperforming and base your development decisions on verified skill analysis saving you time and money in the long run.
  • Building new teams.  Make sure you have the right team from the start by building the team based on the skills you need to complete your project.
  • Internal job postings.  Want to hire within but don’t know who to hire? By posting a coding challenge event internally you can see who has the skills you need even if they are not currently on your radar.
  • Upskilling opportunities - you can use coding challenges to work out what training your team needs - or use one after training to see how well the course went.

How does code help you assess candidates?

As you can see from the image below that there are many ways to code and get the same outcome.  

You will notice that each candidate has used the variables in a different way. They all produce the same results but you can see that each candidate codes in a different way.  For example the “FOR” function.  The code from the highly skilled (expert) candidate is much more succinct than the one from the novice.   This is just one example of how we can use source code to analyze candidates. 

Would you like to have a call with one of our product specialists - we can show you how skill analysis can help you.

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