30% to 50% candidates are cheating on online job assessments
Adopting online methodologies for hiring offered several benefits, including the ability to reach a wider pool of candidates, increased efficiency and speed in the recruitment process, and the ability to reduce costs associated with in-person interviews and assessments.
However, this shift also came with its own set of challenges, such as fraudulent activities, technical difficulties, communication issues, and the need to adapt to new methods of assessment and evaluation.
30 per cent to 50 per cent of candidates’ cheat during entry-level job assessments, however, this percentage reduces to almost half, 10 per cent to 25 per cent, for lateral job assessments, reveals a recent study by recruitment automation and assessments solutions provider HirePro.
This suggests that as candidates gain more work experience, their tendency to cheat declines.
The report shows that cheating during online assessments increases significantly when there is no proctoring, by a percentage range of 80 per cent to 100 per cent.
The findings indicate that effectively proctored online assessments are better than physically proctored assessments.
The cheating detection is most efficient when the proctoring combines all three forms - video, audio, and image. This combination is highly effective for online assessments as only 2 per cent of cheating gets missed out.
When the proctoring combination is of only audio and image, 58 per cent of cheating misses detection and with an image-only proctoring, almost 92 per cent of cheating goes undetected.
The report notes that the right online assessment tools with a high proctoring success percentage can help organisations overcome the challenge of fraudulent practices indulged by candidates.
"Fraudulent practices in remote recruitment not only undermine the integrity of the hiring process but also erode the trust between employers and candidates. However, with the right tools and strategies in place, such as advanced proctoring solutions, identity verification, and behavioural analysis tools, organisations can overcome these challenges and ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process,” said S Pasupathi, Chief Operating Officer, HirePro.
HirePro analysed a sample size of 9 lakh assessments in the past six months for the study, out of the total 43 lakh assessments undertaken over the past 12 months on its platform.