Recently, LinkedIn Skill Assessments feature was launched. We would like to share some main benefits and dangers it can bring, as well as some concerns about it.
First things first, we have to admit that this idea is far from new and was implemented by various platforms. We believe that the most distinct example would be Upwork’s Skill Tests, as were most widely used by freelancers to showcase their skills. Both Upwork and LinkedIn have the same goal – to make the hiring process as convenient as possible. That is why it would be reasonable for us to compare these two.
Just like Upwork’s tests, LinkedIn Skill Assessments are only available for completion once in 3 months. That is how platforms make sure that a professional will actually grow expertise without passing the test 10 times in a row.
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UPWORK HAS COMPLETELY REMOVED SKILL TESTS! This decision was implemented earlier this month.
– Skill tests are not really important when making a hiring decision.
– Tests quickly become outdated or irrelevant.
– It is easy to manipulate and cheat on tests because a lot of answers can be found online.
We would like to pay special attention to the third argument because we believe it is the most dangerous one. Pretty much every amateur was able to create fresh UpWork profile, fill it up, then google test answers and voila – he had a 5-star profile showing how skilled he was.
A lot of our team members have their UpWork profiles for several years. We always paid special attention to passing relevant tests.
However, we are not disappointed by the fact these tests were shut down. We can showcase our experience using our Portfolio, Client reviews, as well as a professional level of communication with clients.
There are now only technical LinkedIn Skill Assessments, but we believe that more is yet to come.
At this point, we have only one question to LinkedInHelp: How are you going to fight cheating?
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