Transitioning from military to civilian life comes with many challenges, including the challenge of finding meaningful employment. Many veterans find it difficult to secure employment despite having a strong work ethic and dedication to meeting goals.
The civilian workforce varies drastically from that of the military, and it can be difficult to translate military skills and service into experiences compatible with private workplaces.
"Veterans can be overlooked in the hiring process because their skills sometimes don't translate well to civilian job requirements," said Brian Stern, CEO of Shaker. "Our research shows that an objective hiring process that includes job-relevant simulations allows all candidates a level playing field for showing off their abilities. Moreover, we have evidence that veterans especially benefit from this approach.”
The edge veterans saw in pre-hire assessments using job tryouts was lower when evaluating factors like personality and work history. Veterans scored about 5.4% higher than non-veterans on those assessments. (Shaker's research was conducted in partnership with the University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics' Jennifer Griffith, Ph.D., and evaluated data from more than 35,000 job assessments.)
Job-relevant simulation-based pre-hire assessments benefit applicants by providing an unbiased appraisal of their abilities to succeed in a job and give employers an alternative to relying on what they can only hope is accurate information on applications and resumes.
Some employers are concerned that veterans don't wholly fit into the corporate culture. Fortunately, employers can do their part to communicate their culture, so that the vet can determine this for themselves before applying for a position with the company.
"Simulation-based assessments like ours use scientifically valid machine learning techniques to give companies a preview of a candidate's ability to perform," Stern said. "They also give candidates a glimpse into the company culture and a preview of the job – so they are part of the decision about if a job is the right fit."