As the co-founders of Knolskape – Rajiv Jayaraman and Vijay Kalangi have made this dream comes true, they want to improve both the qualities of hiring new blood in business across the world and evaluate employees up for a promotion. Not only they want to make interviews smoother, but they also want to make an exact science.

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Vijay Kalangi who serves as the CTO of Knolskape, the briefs about the company’s custom-built tool – Kognitix. He and Jayaraman want to strip away all the unnecessary bluster in the hiring process so that companies and employees alike can focus on what is really important in order to get the best quality.

How does this work?

Kognitx is an assessment tool, but it likely not similar to the one you’ve seen before. It is more alike to your first day with a trainer at the gym rather than resembling any school or college exam you have taken. The former would have you simply writing down what you know, then later the latter would need you to show what you know.

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According to Kalangi, they could put potential hires through Q&A session but they had asked ourselves how we could make learning and testing fun. Kognitix was built right in India for this purpose. It is an interactive set of tests designed as browser games which are developed in-house from scratch. A participant plays the games each about 5 to 7 minutes long and after that, the program measures their responses to spit out a final score at the end. Kalangi said that the company has been working on the tool for a year and has conducted tests with a number of analytical target groups. They have found the corporate applications to be undeniable though grounded squarely in psychology.

He also said that it was less to do with instruction and more with experience, the process was entertaining so it took away the person’s anxiety. Sometimes they even discovered new things about themselves. Gangireddy Danamreddy – Site Reliability Engineer at Knolskape had a comment that interviews were typically anxiety-inducing because people were aware that they were being judged. There was usually the pressure of giving the ideal response for an ideal result. He says “I did not have such a cool and unique experience in an interview process ever” as he was hired to the company by using Kognitix.

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About the games

In term of the game, the company’s organizational psychologists and global consultants from which, the games for Kognitix have specially chosen and designed based on. Each game module is very small just about 5MB, and you easily can play in the browser on your smartphone or laptop. You play each game between 5 to 7 minutes long and if you watched the tutorials more than once, you could finish a stringent testing session in about 45 minutes or under an hour. Kalangi assures that it is not possible to fake your answers on the test. You can watch the tutorials multiple times but you can only play each game once.

Each game shows each your ability in work such as, Space Raid measures how much you pay attention and your response time, Zombie Flush tests your problem solving and decision-making capabilities as well as your response inhibition, Mole Combat assesses your working memory, Party Rush gauges how much of a risk – taker you are, Candy Crunch shows your flexibility of thought and Park Smart gauges your effectiveness at planning ahead.

You will be given an individual score in each of these and it is represented on a five-point scale, based on where you stand in relation to the norm for your group. With 1 point, for example, on response inhibition means you tend to come across as impulsive rather than measured in your approach. If you score a 3 shows you are in the average range, which means you come up with realistic plans for assignments, but you tend to struggle with planning for contingencies.

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These are more than just numbers

This does not simply use numbers to judge you, the report from playing these games does not just give you a score either but the means in each score are more important. It considerably shows what you are good at in each category of the test, what you need to be mindful of, and recommends how you should solve your shortcomings and use your strengths. If you are applying for a job or looking to move up in the company all of this is what you get.

Not only this Knolskape also has other plans to change how corporates work. For now, they are developing simulations that employees have to deal with particular situations. Since their performance capabilities are already known, they test how an employee’s personality impacts with other people and then they will give a decision on a promotion. Employees’ mood is also be tested in a certain number of times a week. Based on the results, they can acknowledge what a worker’s happiness level is within the company and this can help keep up morale.

Knolskape Kognitix

Eliminating interviews is not mentioned, Kalangi just particularly shows how the process works. He said that a face to face is still essential but it could work so much better when conducted with added inputs from a cognitive measurement system. It could act as a great first filter in the hiring.