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What platforms do your assessments operate on?
Our assessments operate on virtually all modern devices, operating systems, and web browsers. No plug-ins or additional software applications are required. Additionally, we designed all of our assessments for mobile devices from the ground up.
Is a high bandwidth connection required?
Our simulations are designed to operate within a wide range of available bandwidths. All animations were engineered to require the lowest possible bandwidth. While the preferred mode is a higher bandwidth connection, it is easy for the user to select a lower bandwidth mode if they have a lower speed connection. Several options exist including smaller videos, pictures and audio only, or just pictures and text.
If a candidate loses their connection, can they restart where they left off?
Yes, they should close their web browser then click on their test key link again to restart where they left off.
What platforms do your virtual video interviews work on?
Our virtual video interviews work on most modern mobile devices devices, and on laptops or desktop computer that have a webcam installed. We support all major operating systems and web browsers. No plug-ins or additional software applications are required.
Why do I sometimes need to clear my browser cache and how do I do it?
Sometimes your web browser may store information from a web page that is no longer valid or needed. Most of the time, this is not needed. However, occasionally, when you are having trouble it can sometimes help to clear your cache. Follow instructions on how to clear your browser's cache, please click here.
How can I check whether my webcam is working and accessible from my web browser?
To test your webcam and system, please click here.
Can I use HR Avatar assessments to support my hiring decisions?
Yes. Of course, you should always ensure that any assessment you use evaluates characteristics relevant to the job you are filling, is reliable, and does not discriminate against groups of persons protected by legislation (race, age, etc). We make this easy for you through our Job-Specific tests. Simply choose a title that is closely related to the job you are hiring for.
Are your assessments valid or validated?
We wish we could say absolutely yes, but the concept of validity applies to the use of a specific test for a specific job. Each of our job-specific tests is targeted to a specific job, and all included measurements were selected using U.S. Government-sponsored research on that particular job. We then ensure that the measurements are reliable, do not unfairly discriminate against certain groups, and that they report results along a meaningful scale. We believe these steps result in a test that is 'valid' in both the general and the legal sense. However, in order to absolutely confirm whether the test is valid we would need to perform a cooperative study based on a specific job within a specific company. We love performing these studies. However, effort is required from both sides. If you are interested in confirming validity for your job, please contact us!
What kinds of assessments do you offer?
Our flagship product is our job-specific tests. We offer over 200 of these whole-person, simulation based assessments, each targeted to a specific job. We also offer assessments that measure specific dimensions only, such as cognitive ability, personality, emotional intelligence, and skills and knowledge. Finally, we offer a line of virtual video interviews. Please see our test catalog for more specific information on each assessment.
How do I find the test I'm looking for?
You can find detailed information on each test in our test catalog. If you are hiring for a specific position, the easiest and best this to do is type in the job title in the search box. One or more matching job-specific tests will appear. These tests are 'All-In-One' assessments that measure everything you need to make an informed decision. If you have more specialized needs, peruse the test catalog using the search box and the category checkboxes. We're also happy to help if you're not finding what you are looking for. Please contact us at any time.
How long does each test take?
We provide an average or estimated test time for each assessment in our catalog (in the details section). However, actual testing time can vary for a given test based on the style of the test taker.
How do I pay for a test?
We offer two pricing options: credit-based and subscription-based. Credit-based pricing means that each test requires a certain number of credits. You purchase credits via the website and then your credit balance is reduced when a candidate begins a test. Credit-based pricing can be found here. For subscription-based testing, you purchase a subscription which gives you unlimited testing for one full year. Subscription pricing is found here.
How do I get started?
The best way to get started is to sign up for a free trial account. As long as you meet certain restrictions, we will give you 90 free credits that are valid for 14 days. You can use these credits to administer any of our assessments. Using the free trial, it's possible to sign up and begin testing in 5 minutes or less!
You have too many tests. I can't find the one I want.
We know there are a lot of tests. But there are also a lot of jobs. We've made it easy to find the right test. Just type in the name of your job title in the catalog search box. If you can't find exactly the right test for your job title, select the test that seems to come the closest. As long as you are in the right ballpark, the components and settings are very likely to be useful.
What does the Free Trial do?
When you sign up for a free trial, you register for an online HR Avatar account that you can continue use after the free trial has expired. Also, as long as your information meets certain restrictions, you are given 90 free test credits, which is enough for two of our full-length job-specific tests. These credits are valid for 14 days.
What is restricted during the Free Trial?
Absolutely nothing. You have full access to all system features and functions during the free trial period.
How can I terminate my Free Trial?
You can terminate your account at any time by contacting us - either during or after the trial period. When terminated, all identifying information will be anonymized.
Do I need a credit card to start my Free Trial?
No. You do not need a credit card or any other payment information to start your free trial.
I signed up for a free trial but was not given any credits. Why?
In certain cases, we cannot award free trial credits. These include repeated signups from the same company, non-specific company information, or registrations from a prohibited geographic region. If you feel you should have received credits, please contact us.
My Free Trial credits are all used up. Now what do I do to continue testing?
In order to continue testing, you will need to either purchase additional credits or purchase a one-year unlimited subscription. Either can be purchased online. If you purchase credits, your credit balance is reduced each time a candidate begins a test. Credit-based pricing can be found here. Our other purchasing option is a subscription which gives you unlimited testing for one full year. Subscription pricing is found here.
I don't have a lot of time. I just want to test some job candidates before I hire them.
We make it easy for you. (1) Sign up for a trial here. (2) Select the test you want by going to 'Tests' in the upper menu bar and typing in the job title you are hiring for. (3) Click on the test name that matches your job title most. (4) Then click administer this test. It's that easy.
How does your pricing work?
You can purchase in one of two ways: (1) Credits, or (2) Unlimited Annual Subscription. Both options can be purchased online. If you are only doing a small number of tests for a short time, credits may be best for you. However, if you expect to have varying needs for testing applicants over the course of the next year, a subscription is probably your best option.
Which purchase method is better, and least expensive: Credits or Subscription?
That depends on your needs. If you only need to assess applicants during a short time, credits may be best, and least expensive. However, if you expect to have varying needs for testing applicants over the course of the next year, a subscription is probably your best and least expensive option.
Are there volume discounts for credits?
Yes. The more credits you purchase the lower the price per credit. Please visit our Credit-based Pricing Options for more information.
What is the price for an unlimited subscription for my company?
Subscription pricing depends on organization type and size. To obtain a price right now, please click here.
How long are credits valid? Do they ever expire?
Once purchased, credits are valid for 12 months. Credits that have been unused for more than 12 months are placed in an expired status.
How many credits do I need?
The number of credits per test varies for different tests. Standard amounts are 40 credits for our full-length assessments, 30 credits for short length assessments. However, if you plan to utilize our remote proctoring solution, please add an additional 5 credits per test.
What happens if I create a test key but there are no credits in my account?
You can create test keys even if your account contains no credits. However, when the participant begins the administration, they will be given the message that there are insufficient credits available to start.
Will I be warned if my credit balance is getting low?
Yes, you will receive low balance emails when the balance appears to be getting low.
How can I purchase additional credits?
You can purchase additional credits at anytime via our web site. Sign in and click on the upper right corner pull-down menu for your credit balance. Click on the number and you will see a web page that explains your credit usage and allows you to purchase additional credits online.
I just need to test one or two people. How do I get started?
We make it easy for you. (1) Sign up for a trial here. (2) Select the test you want by going to 'Tests' in the upper menu bar and typing in the job title you are hiring for. (3) Click on the test name that matches your job title most. (4) Then click administer this test. It's that easy.
I want to test a large number of people and I don't want to create a test key for each of them. What can I do?
You can create a multi-administration link - which can be given to an unlimited number of candidates or placed on a web page. After you click on Administer this Test for a specific test, look for a link that says 'Create a Multi-Administration Link.'
What is a Test Key?
A Test Key is a ticket that can be used by one person to take a single test or test battery. Each Test Key has a unique access code, which can be entered into a form at https://test.hravatar.com, or it can be embedded into a URL as a test link. When you test a single person, you create a test key for them and then email it to them. The email usually contains both the access code as well as the URL with the link embedded.
I sent a link to a candidate but they never started the test. Does that mean I lose my credits?
No. Credits are not charged until a candidate actually starts a test by clicking on a test key link, completing the introductory pages, and starting the actual test itself. So, unused test keys will not cost you anything.
A candidate lost their wifi connection halfway through their test. How can they restart where they left off?
Virtually all of our tests will automatically restart where they left off previously. Simply click on the Test Key link again.
How does the remote proctoring solution work?
Our system will capture a selfie photo of the candidate at the beginning and the end of the test. Also, the system will capture photos of the candidate while they are taking the test. The photos are all compared using facial recognition software to detect new faces or a change in face - which could indicate cheating.
Do I have to use the remote proctoring feature?
No, you can turn this feature off at any time, either for all tests or for just one or two tests.
I like the remote proctoring but I don't want to see the pictures. Can we turn off the pictures in the reporting.
Yes, absolutely. You can turn off pictures for either all tests in your account, or for specific tests.
Does remote proctoring work on all devices?
Yes. The remote proctoring feature works on all major devices, including Windows, Linux, Android, and IOS, and most modern web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, and Safari. Of course, the candidate's device or computer must have a camera and the camera must be accessible to the web browser, and the candidate must give permission for the application to use the camera.
Do you tell the candidate that they will be having their pictures taken?
Yes. The first picture is always taken voluntarily by the candidate as a 'selfie.' If un-announced photos are configured for the test the candidate is told that the system will continue to take their picture. The final picture at the end of the test is also a selfie.
Is there an extra cost for using remote proctoring?
If you are using credit-based pricing, there is an extra cost of 5 credits per testing event. If you have an unlimited annual subscription there is no extra fee for using remote proctoring.
What do you mean by 'Job Specific' test?
We mean a test that is targeted for a specific job title, like 'Customer Service Representative' or 'First-Line Supervisor.' Each test includes all the pieces and parts to needed to test for that specific job. This takes all guesswork out of picking the right test. You just need to select the test that most closely matches the job title you are filling.
What does 'Whole Person' mean?
Our job-specific tests are all whole person tests. That means they assess all key dimensions of the candidate, including cognitive or learning ability, personality, past behaviors, and skills. By testing all key dimensions, we say they test the 'whole person.' Whole person testing has been found to be the most effective way to assess a person when making employment decisions.
What is the difference between the Short Version or the Full Version?
The 'Short' version of each test is a compressed version of the full version. Short versions do not include the animated work simulation portion. Additionally, they measure a smaller number of personality and emotional intelligence characteristics. As a result, short versions require only about one half the testing time of full versions.
Which is best for me - Short Version or Full Version?
Both tests provide useful and reliable information you can use in your decisionmaking. The short version takes less time, while the long version includes more characteristics and provides a more engaing candidate experience through the animated simulation.
Why would I want the Short Version with Video Interview?
The Short Version with Video Interview includes two job-specific video interview questions. Many clients appreciate having the opportunity to observe the candidate responding to one or two job-relevant questions in their own words as early in the hiring process as possible.
What do you mean by 'Animated Simulation?'
Each of our Full Version job-specific tests includes an animated simulation component. This simulation immerses the candidate in an animated 'day-in-the-life' related to the type of job they are applying for. This approach allows the candidate to see what the job might be like, while performing the assessment, providing a kind of job preview. Additionally, this approach is more engaging to candidates, making a more solid impression on them than a boring, text-based assessment.
What languages do the tests support?
All of our current job-specific tests are offered in English. Additionally, many are offered in Spanish (Mexican) and several are offered in Dutch, Hebrew, and Arabic.
What is a Virtual Video Interview?
A virtual video interview is an assessment in which the candidate responds to questions by recording a video of themselves answering the question. The recorded video is stored for playback, transcribed to text, and may undergo various artificial intelligence-powered analsysis processes, such as our voice vibes analysis.
Can I watch the videos that candidates record when they complete a virtual video interview?
Absolutely. These videos will be available along with any other test results in the results section of our website - within your online corporate account.
How long do virtual video interviews typically take?
On average they take about 90 seconds per question, plus 3 minutes for practice. So, a 5 question virtual video interview would take about 10 minutes.
What is a Live Video Interview?
A Live Video Interview is a direct or live video connection between you and a candidate. HR Avatar makes live interviewing easy. We handle scheduling with the candidate and send out connection messages shortly before interview time. We also record and transcribe the interview text for you and store that for later review. We can also perform various analyses on the candidate's responses including voice analysis and personality profile generation.
How does a Live Video Interview work?
A customer can request a live video interview directly from a test result, or for a candidate that does not have a test result. The customer will indicate several dates/times for the interview. The system will send an email for the interview and either schedule the interview or report that all dates and times have been declined. Within 30 minutes and 15 minutes of the actual interview time, the system will email a link to both interviewer and candidate that they can click to perform the interview.
When will live video interviews be available?
We are shooting to be live by the end of Q4 2019.
What will live video interviewing cost?
We are still working out pricing but we expect to offer live video interviews at around 2-4 credits per interview, or as a standalone subscription.
What kind of skills tests do you offer?
We offer nearly 400 different skills and knowledge tests. These include popular skills such as Microsoft Office products, typing, data entry, digital literacy, math and english fundamentals, as well as many specialized skill areas, such as medical coding.
What other kinds of tests do you offer?
In addition to our job-specific tests, virtual video interviews, and skills/knowledge tests, we also offer a line of personality assessments and workplace competency assessments. We also offer many components of the job-specific tests on a standalone basis. For example, we offer a standalone version of each animated simulation.
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