This is the last in a series of posts about the future of recruitment.

In the article Robots and Recruiters, LinkedIn Talent Blog describes the technologies that hiring managers think would be most valuable for the recruitment process. Here is one of the top responses:

Real world simulations that assess candidates’ learning abilities

According to this post, artificial intelligence (AI) and games will enable recruiters and hiring managers to go beyond personal stories and professional references and really see potential employees in action. These techniques will highlight important high-performance characteristics such as “adaptability, critical thinking capabilities and problem-solving in action”.

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association claims more than 70% of candidates prefer game-based assessments to traditional psychometric testing. A survey of more than 700 candidates showed that games create positive impressions of the potential employer, including perceptions of a culture of innovation.

The bottom line? Games collect a large amount of data in a short space of time, provide valuable insights to employers, create positive perceptions and enhance candidates’ experience with a potential employer.

While early adopters are currently using games for graduate recruitment, feedback suggests that serious games will have a role to play in the broader recruitment process in the future.

But wait, there’s more…

If the ‘war for talent’ is a real thing and we face a continued shortage of great calibre people, it stands to reason that employers will need to get creative and harness the power of technology to enhance the recruitment process.

However, like a die-hard book lover says an e-reader will never replace the feel and smell of a real book, a good recruitment professional knows that nothing can completely replace face-to-face human interaction.

Even in a world with all of the possibilities we’ve explored in this series, there will always be a place for a handshake and a chat over coffee.

So while we can’t ignore the role of technology, we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of authentic dialogue, relationships and human instinct.