Cheating prevention/anti-plagiarism/proctoring, or, as we term it, ‘Remote Trust’, was already a key area of focus for the most digitally progressive recruiters pre-pandemic. It has, however, become more important, and been pushed to the forefront with the rise of covid instigated assessment virtualisation.

    There are some quite staggering statistics around numbers of individuals cheating in assessments and overall, according to an article by David L Jaffe, 73% of all test takers, including prospective students and teachers agree that most students do cheat at some point.

    But, why does cheating in assessment processes matter?

    There are 2 key reasons. Firstly, you might hire people who do not have the skills or abilities you require in a certain role or department who would not have passed the assessment process without cheating. And secondly, you might hire people who would have passed your recruitment process without cheating, so do have the skills and abilities you require, but who have demonstrated a lack of integrity so do not align with your company values.

    So, who are the ‘cheats’?

    There are four main threats to assessment integrity. Naïve sharers: for generations Y & Z, “sharing is caring.” They’re used to publishing all elements of their lives on social media and contributing to user generated content. Then casual cheats are the counterpart to naïve sharers: applicants who are not very serious about cheating, but who will tap into any easily accessible information as part of preparing for your recruitment process. You also have malicious cheats who deliberately try to undermine your recruitment process and serious cheats are the reason why malicious cheats have a market.

    And, what is Amberjack doing to help clients identify ‘cheats’ and prevent ‘cheating’?

    Cheating isn’t a challenge that is new for us, or our clients and we’ve built intelligent functionality into our online assessments to help address these issues.

    This year, with the move to a digital world and the adoption of virtual assessment centres, organisations have a new problem to tackle. The physical cues that may have allowed organisations to spot cheating at this critical stage are no longer relevant or even possible.

    To address this, we’ve designed the Amberjack RemoteTrust mechanism within our Virtual Assessment Centre, Impact. Without creating biased outcomes or increasing complexity of delivery, organisations are able to benefit from the cost and time savings that Virtual Assessment Centres offer, without having to suffer the consequential increased risk of hiring people who either don’t have the skills and abilities and/or don’t demonstrate the integrity/values alignment they require.

    To discuss these challenges or to learn more about our RemoteTrust mechanism, click here.