International law firm, Clyde & Co, is disrupting recruitment practices in the legal sector with a new strengths-based, immersive assessment process that is slashing candidate completion time by more than 50%.
The time taken to complete the assessment form has reduced from five hours to under one hour, with significant time savings in the process being achieved by replacing written questions with an innovative one-stage online assessment developed by HR tech firm, Cappfinity.
More than 1,200 candidates have experienced the digital assessment that uses different real-life scenarios to provide an authentic experience of the job and an insight into company culture and the working environment.
In addition to enhancing candidate experience, the new process is also creating greater cost-efficiencies, assessor time has been reduced by up to 70%, and the new approach is delivering meaningful data at speed to inform recruitment decisions.
Aisling Barnes, Early Careers Manager at Clyde & Co, spoke about the benefits of the new process:
“Assessments in the legal industry have often been lengthy and resource-intensive for both candidates and the firms doing the hiring, we wanted to change that to create an efficient and engaging solution.
“Candidate feedback so far has been incredibly encouraging with 93% indicating that the assessment was engaging and innovative, 93% finding the assessment format and layout clear and easy to use, and 91% agreeing that the process gave them greater insight into life at Clyde & Co.
“Candidates have also said that the video-style of questioning made the interaction more personable and relatable. They felt able to be themselves and to provide authentic responses to the questions provided.”
Paul Clark, Chief Commercial Officer at Cappfinity, added:
“It is great to see Clyde & Co putting strengths to work across their business and we’re delighted to be supporting them in driving change in their sector with this innovative initiative, alongside our work with the business on strengths-based leadership development.
“By transforming the initial stages of the recruitment experience and screening processes, Clyde & Co has been able to reduce bias, improve candidate experience, and showcase company culture in new ways. Candidate feedback has been overwhelmingly positive whilst the business has also been able to benefit from a streamlined recruitment process that reduces the administrative burden on assessors and delivers in-depth insight into candidates.”