Playing an escape room as part of a job interview in the future, job gamification and Wasabi Waiter

(Wasabi Waiter)

“Employers have used room escapes for corporate development and job interviews”
– Alex Merkulov of Adventure Rooms,

HR people are seeking out new ways to find talented staff from the pool of skills the general public have. In recent years, companies have used computer games to measure the ability of applicants to manage time and the activities given to them effectively.

Win the game, win the job or at least progress into the next job stage.

Wasabi Waiter is a game where the candidate plays as a character who works at a sushi place. The game is to take orders, prepare happy/sad/angry or any mood dishes for the customer and then clean the plate in the sink. The game only takes 10-15 minutes to be played.

Current staff members play the Wasabi Waiter game and this turns into the standard the company uses against job candidates who play the game then. There’s also other games that companies use where employees can gain points and badges for the work activities they perform.

Computer games measure a person’s ability to perform certain skills and helps gather lots of information quickly. The only downside is software bugs that enable unqualified candidates to progress in the job application process ahead of those who are better qualified. It’s also one thing to play a game and another to talk to a person face to face.

Why not use escape rooms alongside computer games and roleplay situations in job interviews to make them more interesting?

Escape Room Live DC mentions on Facebook they screen potential candidates for hiring by asking them to enter one of their escape rooms and work through it. While Merkulov from AdventureRooms says engineers and police personnel do the best at escape rooms – both these jobs involve taking information and breaking it down efficiently to do the work required.

Some escape rooms companies already put in random strangers together to play through the room if they book the same time slot. The same concept can be applied to an escape room full of job candidates who don’t know each other. It’s a great way for companies to see how people deal with uncertainty, new co-workers, how they communicate with each other and make decisions while dealing with limited time.

At the end of the escape room job interview – candidates could present their results to the company. What if job interviews could be more fun for the candidates while still helping the company find the best people to join it. Win, win.

Thanks to Escape Room Live DC and BreakOut Team Adventures for posting about the topic on Facebook and AdventureRooms.

Essa 🙂

Other reading links:
Escape Room Games Toronto.Ca / BreakOut Team Adventures


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