Virtual Assessment Centres to Combat COVID-19 for EY

Protecting future talent in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak

Background

EY is one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms. They provide professional assurance, tax and advisory services to market-leading clients around the world.  

Objectives

In response to the risks of Covid-19 in the workplace, EY had to find an alternative to the firm’s early talent assessment centres, which had already been planned, scheduled and booked.

EY needed a recruitment technology solution that would enable them to discover next generation potential without raising risks or sacrificing candidate experience.

Solution

EY had already implemented Impact – our digital platform for paperless assessment centres. However, the ever-changing circumstances, called for the platform to be rapidly transformed into a virtual assessment centre.

Candidates needed to enjoy the same engaging, immersive and realistic experience while protecting against the travel and social distancing challenges posed by the coronavirus.

By creating a virtual assessment centre, we enabled assessors to safely engage with candidates during back-to-back private video calls with screen-sharing facilities.

Candidates could interact using their own devices as part of an exciting experience that reflected real-life roles and delivered more authentic assessments.

New schedules were created for each assessor, detailing the video meeting rooms they needed to host. The same information was communicated to candidates to make sure they attended the meetings.

We also supported EY in making their digital assessment assets, such as case studies, role playing exercises and behavioural measures, available to assessors and moderators.

Results
  • 100% reduction in waste compared to typical assessment centres
  • 100% completion rate for ‘right to work’ screening
  • 96% faster to plan assessment centres
  • 93% faster time-to-offer rates made
  • Impact contributes to saving 20,000 hours of labour over the next three years
  • Impact contributes to saving £1.2m in costs over the next three years
  • 83% of candidates rated the EY Impact experience 10/10

“We had 48 hours to turn these virtual events into reality and Amberjack really went above and beyond our expectations. The virtual assessment centres went really smoothly and EY is incredibly pleased with the results produced.”

Student Recruitment Manager, EY

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