Accenture introduces VR assessment for graduates

Accenture introduces VR assessment for graduates


Accenture has introduced a completely new approach to graduate recruitment in its UK business, designed to help build a diverse workforce while providing candidates with an insight into the digital innovation that is embedded into every aspect of life at Accenture.

The new process, covering every step of the recruitment journey from the moment graduates first apply to the company, has been designed to identify candidates’ key skills and future potential through an immersive process involving Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and strengths-based interviewing.

Accenture is using diversity recruitment software to source talent from a broad range of backgrounds and to assess candidates in the context of their personal circumstances, eliminating any bias and drawing on a combination of data science and machine learning to predict performance. Advanced analytics enable Accenture to effectively understand and manage its talent pipeline in real time and make data driven decisions to identify the best candidates to take through to the assessment stage.

Those who progress through the application stage are invited to participate in tasks that provide real insight into their capabilities, while providing a differentiated assessment experience which showcases Accenture’s credentials as a business driven by digital advancements. These include a Virtual Reality (VR) assessment developed by Capp that provides the total physical immersion that compels natural behavioural responses. One VR scenario sees applicants enter an Egyptian tomb to use problem solving skills to crack a hieroglyphics code. Another asks applicants to perform the typical everyday task of running a conference call with a client.

Candidates will also undertake an immersive online assessment that evaluates cognitive and behavioural skills using Augmented Reality, and evaluates the candidate’s skills in areas including data interpretation, collaboration and agile working.

“Our new graduate assessment programme combines Accenture’s commitment to building a diverse workforce with our drive to infuse digital and technology innovation into everything we do,” said Adrian Love, recruitment director for Accenture in the UK and Ireland. “Our approach is designed to level the playing field by ensuring that everyone, no matter their background, colour, or gender, is evaluated based on talent alone. And by using technology in a smart way, we can deliver a higher touch human experience to candidates during the moments that matter.

“The traditional graduate recruitment process relied heavily on a formal interview setting that tended to elicit rehearsed responses and favour a certain type of candidate who was able to give a polished performance. We will still be interviewing people face to face and indeed the whole approach actually allows us to spend more time having deeper conversations with candidates. However by adding the immersive online and VR assessments into our process we are significantly improving our insight into each individual’s true potential.”

Tolu Olojo, who successfully completed the process and is about to join Accenture as an analyst, said: “The application process was so different to anything else I’ve applied for and I really enjoyed the immersive Virtual Reality tasks which gave me a chance to see what consulting life is really like. I think it’s important for companies to hire people from a range of backgrounds and I was reassured to see that reflected in the interview process.”

Accenture recruited approximately 600 graduates in 2018, across its UK offices in locations including London, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh. On average, Accenture receives 40,000 graduate applications each year in the UK. The new graduate hiring process will reduce time from application to start of the assessment process from several weeks to a few days.

The company has already removed UCAS point requirements to enable a broader range of candidates to apply for roles, and also takes on entry level employees without university qualifications through its apprenticeship programme.


Thursday, 21 February 2019

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