Who are Arctic Shores?

Arctic Shores is a global provider of behaviour-based psychometrics, and one of the few companies that specialise in developing gamified-assessments for recruitment. Ultimately, they develop tools that examine a candidate’s abilities under dynamic solutions, which mirror everyday work situations that future employees will be faced with. They are a fast-growing company, with client relationships that include: PwC, Siemens, Deloitte, E-on, Citi, KPMG, Unilever and Natwest RBS.

Arctic Shores have currently developed a few different game-based assessment – the main one being SkyRise City.

What are the key benefits of Game-based and Gamified Assessments?

1. Gamified assessment allow candidates a more immersive, yet less stressful, assessment experience.

Both candidates and organisations can benefit from a more engaging experience, as this will ensure candidates are more engaged and less distracted when completing their assessments. Thus, this form of assessment type is more likely to provide scores that reflect a candidate’s true ability.

2. They tap into key traits predictive of job behaviours in a variety of workplaces.

As gamified assessments are behaviour-based, organisations can also be more confident that responses are honest, as it is much more difficult for a candidate to manipulate behavioural data.

3. Not only they collate response data but thanks to their dynamic nature they allow to analyse how candidates interact with the assessment itself.

As game-based assessments are dynamic in nature, many different abilities and personality traits can also 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.

4. Provide much more information about candidates comparing to traditional psychometric testing.

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)

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.

One of the most commonly use by employers is an assessment called the Balloon game. It has been developed by Arctic Shores and Pymetrics.

This short movie gives a brief overview of what the Balloon gamified assessment measures.

You can practice the Balloon game-based assessment with us.

How to successfully pass gamified 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 do to make sure you perform up to your individual abilities:

1. Practise game-based assessments

Even though this may not be as easy as prep for numerical or logical tests, practice helps with dealing with the unknown and understanding basic principles of how gamified assessments work.

We offer practice games for assessment. The Balloon game is one of them. Check them out.

2. 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.

3. Use laptop and Chrome browser unless instructed to use other devices

4. Try to avoid mobile devices unless it is advised due to a different nature of interactions

In some game assessments reaction time and interactions may be measured.

5. 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 gamified-assessments do not shy away from trying to get extra points, and do lean backwards if things do not go easy at first.

6. Do some background research to find out what type of game you could be playing once you receive an email from the company

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.

7. 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.

How to ace game assessments by Arctic Shores, Pymetrics, HireVue & Assess Candidates