– Hari Krishnan Nair, Co-founder, Great Learning
Every year there is an influx of fresh graduates who enter the job market in search of lucrative job opportunities. However, the industry’s demand-supply ratio for skilled talent continues to be out of sync in the contemporary context. A majority of educational institutions are trying to inculcate measures to meet the changing nature of jobs across various sectors by onboarding industry experts, mentors, updating curriculum or collaborating with leading edtech platforms. However, to help students get the right mentorship, it is critical to identify specific areas of strengths, weaknesses and improvements for each student.
Talent assessment platforms enable institutions to compare learners’ abilities w.r.t. the employability scale. In addition to this, young graduates and freshers also struggle to capture their accomplishments and skills required on their resumes in an impressive manner to attract employers’ attention owing to their lack of industry experience. Job assessment platforms bridge this gap through industry benchmark tests, which help young aspirants to drive a holistic picture of their skill sets and further help them in identifying and bridging gaps to full proof their portfolio. Additionally, such platforms prepare candidates to power ahead in the interview process by offering high-quality job preparation programs enabled through self-paced videos, quizzes, doubt-clearing live sessions and mock interview sessions with experts.
According to Teamlease Employment Outlook, the intent to hire fresh graduates has increased to 32% in the current quarter. To fulfill this industry demand, recruiters today are depending on technology assessment platforms to expedite the entry-level recruitment process without compromising on the quality of the talent. These portals present job-ready talent with verified skills that help headhunters to hire the prequalified talent without taking a toll on organizational resources. Here are a few job assessment portals that have helped millions of learners and professionals in achieving their desired career trajectory.
Great Learning Academy is a free career and job readiness platform launched by Great Learning that focuses on providing comprehensive career support to college students and recent graduates. The platform offers premium quality job preparation courses and certificate programs, live sessions & mock interviews to arm them with key skills important for job interviews, job-readiness assessments and recruitment postings from over a hundred hiring partners. The edtech platform has partnered with marquee organizations such as Informatica, Tech Mahindra, Nielsen, WNS, GE, Netskope, Ugam Solutions and hundreds of other companies to enable these cutting-edge job opportunities for aspirants. Tens of thousands of job openings have been posted on the platform and several lakh freshers and aspirants from over a thousand colleges are using the platform. Great Learning Academy provides a level playing field for college students and fresh graduates to grab offers ranging up to INR 29 LPA.
HireMee is a free SaaS platform for recruitment, assessments and examinations introduced by Karpaga Assessment App Matrix Services Private Limited (KAAM Services Private Limited). The company was started with a vision to get young graduates from different tiers of the nation to be discovered by companies. The company is also on a mission to register and complete assessments of 2 million students from over 7000 campuses. Their online talent and skill assessment is based on 7 parameters curated by experts from varied domains. Companies then shortlist the candidates based on the scores attained in the assessments. The mobile app allows students to also upload a 1-minute video (video resume) to showcase their skills.
HackerEarth is a technical skills assessment platform launched by Career Stack Innovation Pvt. Ltd. It is a web-based community and assessment platform where coders can build their profiles, networking opportunities with like-minded coders, link their coding projects from other websites like GitHub, practice programming skills and take part in coding challenges during recruitment drives. The tech assessment platform then vets technical talent through skill-based evaluation and analytics. Leading organizations use the product for lateral recruitment and university hiring. Recruiters can also design creative challenges during recruitment and are provided with a tool to automatically assess the quality of the code written.
TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services holdouts a National Qualifier Test (NQT) that is a common gateway test for several corporates who are looking for fresher recruitment. It is a standardized test that enables candidates to apply for open positions at multiple organizations, simultaneously helping corporations to get an in-depth understanding of applicants’ cognitive abilities, and reduce evaluation overheads. This test is open for young professionals with up to two years of experience, as well as students from any stream, currently enrolled in pre-final/ final year undergraduate or postgraduate programs to gain an edge in a competitive job market. This assessment acts as a single-window for job opportunities across leading organizations in the IT, BFSI, manufacturing, pharma, and FMCG sectors. The portal also offers self-paced blended learning programs that cater to learners across various segments right from K 12 to working professionals.
National Career Service is a one-stop solution implemented by the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment that offers employment and career-related services to Indian citizens. It mainly works as a catalyst between jobseekers and employers, aspirants seeking training and career guidance, and agencies providing training and career counselling. The digital centralized portal facilitates a wide array of services including job search, job matching, rich career content, career counselling, and information on Job Fairs.
Since last year, college placement cells and off-campus drives have taken a hit in their placement numbers due to the pandemic. Online job assessment platforms acknowledged that gap by continuing to provide opportunities to the aspirants. With the growing talent crunch in various sectors across the globe, leading companies are looking to hire prequalified talent to save their time and resources. Job assessment platforms help fresh graduates to bridge skills gaps and secure better growth opportunities. Timely learning interventions can help the aspirants in future-proofing their career progressions as well as advance in their career faster.