Are you tired of traditional hiring methods that fall short in identifying the best candidates? Looking to elevate your hiring process to ensure you are selecting the right people based on unbiased, objective performance data?

If so, then consider using the realism of simulation to get results. Realistic job simulations deliver an engaging, immersive experience that can be the game-changer you need. In this blog, we describe what realistic simulations are, how they differ from other employment tests, how they reduce bias, and how candidates respond.


The first employment test I ever took, I remember thinking, “Why are they asking all these questions, and what does this have to do with the job?”

Suppose you wanted to hire a photographer or commission an artist. What is the best way to narrow your search? You would want to see their portfolios and view actual samples of their work. That’s exactly what simulations provide. Job simulations provide a work sample and picture of performance.

By immersing candidates in realistic workplace situations and authentic interactions, simulations provide a direct connection to job performance.

Realistic simulations eliminate the gap between the content of the test and its relevance to the role.


Resumes, interviews, and the majority of employment tests are based on self-report data from the applicant. This can include an applicant’s version of past work experience, promises of performance in the new job, etc.

Research shows that self-report data is often inflated or populated with keywords to create a positive image. In fact, Forbes recently reported that more than 70% of workers admit they have lied about their qualifications on resumes, cover letters, and in job interviews.  As a result, self-report measures often prove less reliable in predicting which candidates will actually perform well on the job.

The primary difference between job simulations and traditional screening tools is that simulations deliver a realistic and objective measure of performance.

Nothing is more accurate in predicting job performance and success than a realistic job simulation.


A fundamental tenet of effective hiring is to minimize bias and subjectivity. The goal is to avoid errors derived from subjective generalizations or assumptions, and instead, to base decisions on fair and objective standards of performance.

For instance, a ruler delivers the same units of measurement regardless of when and where it is used. An inch is an objective, consistent measurement. In a similar way, realistic simulations elicit responses that can be objectively measured for quality and correctness.

Realistic job simulations reduce potential bias and error because the situations and results are based on the essential requirements of the job.

A person’s performance in a simulation is highly correlated with their performance on the job.


Job relevance is one of the most important aspects of a positive candidate experience. Serious job candidates prefer realistic assessments that allow them to demonstrate their proficiency in the relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job. So, it’s easy to see why applicant reactions to realistic job simulations are overwhelmingly positive.

Our applicant reaction surveys consistently show 95%+ favorable ratings across candidates.

Applicants enjoy the immersion, perceive simulations to be fair and job relevant, and view organizations that hire with simulations to be employers of choice.

Realistic job simulations are not just a trend; they are a proven tool for hiring and retaining top talent. By embracing these four strategies and incorporating simulations into your hiring process, you can make more accurate hiring decisions, reduce turnover costs, and build a stronger, more engaged workforce.


Ready to experience the power of realistic job simulations in your hiring process?

Contact us today for a free demo and discover how simulations can transform your recruitment efforts and deliver a 3x and higher return!


Employment Technologies is the pioneer and world’s leading developer of realistic job simulations for talent prediction. An unprecedented five-time national Top HR Product of the Year award winner, we offer a full suite of simulations and immersive assessment solutions designed specifically for key jobs and industries including, financial services, contact centers, customer service, sales, insurance, hospitality, retail, and more.