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Using experiential learning activities in the recruitment process

Hiring is hard. How can experiential learning be used to make it faster, easier and reduce risk?

7th February 2024

Using experiential learning activities in the recruitment process
Talent acquisition is hard. Many industries we need to hire from a small talent pool or a competitive market and making 'bad' hiring choices is expensive. How can we use Experiential Learning as a key part of our hiring strategy? This post delves into its benefits of Experiential Learning in the recruitment process, highlighting its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and ability to provide deeper insights into a candidate’s real-world skills.

Comprehensive Skill Assessment - Activities for recruitment
Experiential learning offers a hands-on approach to evaluate candidates. Activities can reveal a range of skills from problem-solving and creativity to teamwork and communication, providing a more holistic view of the candidate's abilities. And these sessions can be run remotely using Experiential Learning Tools and can be conducted in less than 1 hour.

Real-World Application
By designing simulations that require the demonstration of useful behaviours and skills to deliver successful outcomes (such as in Emergency Delivery), these experiential activities allow recruiters to see how candidates perform in practical situations, offering insights beyond what can be gleaned from interviews or resumes.

Engaging for Candidates
Experiential activities make the recruitment process more interactive and less intimidating. The traditional interview with 3 or 4 people sitting across the table is really not suitable in 2024. Using activities such as Colourblind and Images of Organisations allows candidates to showcase their skills in a dynamic and engaging environment.

Dare we say it... experiential learning activities in the recruitment process can even be considered "fun".

Remote Compatibility
The range of tools available through an Experiential Learning Tools subscription are all usable fully remote. The advantage is two fold, today's work environment is increasingly remote and secondly it's typically easier for staff and candidates to participate in the process. For example an experienced team member can participate in the recruitment session without leaving their desk which will reduce time taken away from operational duties.

Efficiency and Affordability
Experiential Learning methods can be more time and cost-effective than traditional recruitment processes. They require minimal resources, allow recruitment teams to assess multiple candidates simultaneously and allow recruiters to conduct quick and effective evaluations.

Low Overhead
Experiential learning activities often require minimal setup and can be easily integrated into existing recruitment frameworks, reducing the need for extensive training or resources. Indeed when using Experiential Learning Tools you can plan a session and automatically invite participants through the platform in minutes - really fast, really simple.

Experiential learning in recruitment offers a forward-thinking approach to talent acquisition. Its benefits from comprehensive skill assessment to cost-effectiveness, make it an invaluable tool in finding the right candidate for the job.

Book a demo today for a 1:1 session with the ELT team and we can help you apply Experiential Learning within your recruitment process.


Michael Hayes @_mdhayes

Head of Product at Experiential Learning Tools

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