Who are Arctic Shores?

Arctic Shores is one of the companies that specialise in developing gamified-assessments. They are a fast-growing company, with client relationships that include: Siemens, Deloitte, e-on, Citi KPMG and RBS.

Arctic Shores have currently developed a few different gamified-assessments – the main one being SkyRise City. The benefit of gamified-assessments offered by Arctic Shores is that they are inclusive and can be taken by anyone, regardless of their background – no gaming experience is required. Another main benefit is that gamified-assessments, such as SkyRise City, offer a much more interesting alternative to traditional psychometric testing for candidates. Therefore, candidates are more engaged and less distracted when completing their assessments, and so their scores are more likely to accurately represent their true abilities. Thirdly, Arctic Shores develop tools that examine a candidate’s abilities under dynamic solutions, which mirror everyday work situations that future employees will be faced with. Lastly, as compared to traditional psychometric testing, much more can be learnt about candidates when facing them with gamified assessments. Gamified assessments can collect over a thousand behavioural data points and measure competencies such as risk-taking, endurance, perseverance alongside more traditional traits like numerical ability, verbal and logical reasoning, etc. Such behaviour data is also much more difficult to manipulate by candidates.

Arctic Shore’s Gamified-assessment – SkyRise City

In this game, candidates are navigated from one task to the other in an interactive and eye-pleasing interface. The types of tasks candidates are faced with may involve some elements of traditional psychometric tests, but in a different form or shape.

Watch the gamified-assessment SkyRise City in action (watch on YT)

During the game, approximately 5,000 data points measuring a candidate’s General Mental Ability are collected, and then compared with the norm groups relating to the candidate target profile. These are created by occupational psychologists and tailored to different companies, and the different positions offered. The data points are analysed with the help of predictive analytics and Artificial Intelligence technology. Candidates then receive instant feedback on their performance.

By confronting candidates with dynamic assessments, many different abilities and personality traits can be measured, including: emotions, negative attributes that occur under pressure, how an individual processes and uses information, thinking style, interpersonal style, personal drive to cope with challenges – and many more.

Other types of gamified assessments developed by Arctic Shores include: Cosmic Cadet, Yellow Hook Reef and Pinnacle Valley.

Learn more about game-based assessments offered by Arctic Shores

Best tips to successfully pass game-based recruitment assessments like the ones developed by Arctic Shores

Unfortunately, there is not much candidates can do to change their personal skills and competencies. There are thousands of data points being collected in the process of the assessment, so any intentional manipulation is very likely to just decrease your score and reduce your chances of getting a job.

There are however a few things you can to make sure you perform up to your individual abilities.

  1. You need to find the right time and place to complete the assessment. Somewhere where you will not be disturbed, with a reliable internet connection. Make sure that when starting the assessments, you are not stressed or anxious.
  2. Keep in mind the kind of candidate the company is looking for. If you are applying for more competitive jobs, risk-taking and initiative are likely to be some of the top competencies sought after by your recruiters. Therefore, when taking game-based assessments do not shy away from trying to get extra points, and do lean backwards if things do not go easy at first.
  3. Once you receive an email from the company, try to do some background research to find out what type of game you could be playing. By knowing the main scenario and demands of the game, you will feel more confident and familiar with the game, and thus better abled to focus on tasks.
  4. ALWAYS spend sufficient time analysing instructions for the assessments. Even though it looks like a game, it is not a game – it is an assessment. You will not be able to repeat it, and you do not want to lower your chances by not having understood the instructions in depth.