Reflecting on 2023: A Year-End Review of PMaps Assessments, Technology and Psychological Insights

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As we enter a new year full of changes, it’s a good moment to look back, celebrate, and look forward.

Let’s explore PMaps achievements in 2023, where innovation, teamwork, and personal development came together uniquely.

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Advancements in Assessments - PMaps' Journey

As we reflect on the technological landscape that defined our year, PMaps proudly unveils a revolutionary approach to psychometric assessments, marking a paradigm shift in hiring and talent management.

1. PMaps' Test Library:

At the heart of our success lies the PMaps Test Library, a diverse collection of more than 500 meticulously curated assessments. 

Our comprehensive Test Library, easily accessible through our website and application, signifies a transformative journey that empowers talent management and fosters diversity.

This extensive range spans behavioral evaluations to domain-specific tests, allowing us to tailor hiring strategies seamlessly for positions ranging from entry-level to senior executive roles.Curious to gain further insights into our comprehensive array of tests? Click here to explore our Test Library.

2. Accelerating Decisions Through Subscription Model:

In response to the evolving needs of our clients, we introduced a new subscription model that offers unparalleled ease and flexibility. 

Follow the steps below to subscribe to our assessments : 

  1. Click on Free Trial: Click on the “Free Trial” option on our website.
  1. Sign-Up Process: Follow the link to the sign-up page and complete the sign-up form with your details.
  1. Activate Your Account: Check your inbox for an activation email. Click on the activation link provided in the email.
  2. Access PMAPS Platform: Once activated, you will be automatically redirected to the PMAPS platform.
  3. Explore Test Library:
  • Navigate to the “Test Library” within the platform on the right vertical bar.
  • Explore the variety of tests available.
  • Deploy a test to your account by clicking on the respective test card.
  • Enjoy up to 5 free tokens; for additional tests, consider upgrading your plan.
  1. Upgrade Subscription:
  • On the platform dashboard, locate the “Upgrade Now” or billing option.
  • Choose from the available monthly and yearly subscription plans.
  • Subscribe to the desired plan to access assessments beyond the free token limit.

This step-by-step guide ensures a seamless customer experience, from starting a free trial to exploring and subscribing to assessments on the PMAPS platform.

To enjoy this functionality, please visit our subscription page by clicking here “Subscription” and discover all the available features.

3. E - Voice & Accent:

We have significantly enhanced the precision of our flagship tool, PMaps eVA, by implementing cutting-edge AI and ML custom models. 

These improvements encompass a range of key features, including

1. Enhanced Precision: 

      1. API Upgrades for Accurate Evaluation of Speech Text, Pronunciation, and Fluency
      2. Scoring Logic Aligned with CEFR Levels wherever CEFR is required.
      3. Upgraded language tool to assess grammar and vocabulary with more precision.
  1. Multilingual Simulated Test: 
      1. Created eVA assessments in Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, and Japanese to assess Spoken Communication
      2. Accent Inclusion for English Evaluation: Tailored for Candidates from South Africa, Philippines, and Japan in addition to UK, US, and Indian Neutral.

3.New Question Categories

    1. Interview Video Questions
    2. Speech Evaluation Based on Intonation

To gain deeper insights into our e-Voice & Accent assessments, schedule a demo with us today!

4. White labelling:

In a significant stride, we dived into white-labeling solutions—a strategic practice involving rebranding our meticulously developed products or services under another company’s brand, allowing them to present these offerings as their own proudly.

We did not stop there—our Whitelabeling Outsourcing (WLO) Solutions were proudly extended to Teamlease and Lumofy, marking a noteworthy expansion of our commitment to delivering excellence in customizable solutions.

We’re thrilled to have empowered these partners with top-tier services while reinforcing our dedication to innovation and client success.

 To engage with us with our white labeling solution, write to us at support@pmaps.in

II. Psychological Flourish: BIG-5 Framework

1. Crafted an Anthology Aligned with the Big 5 Theory:

We’ve meticulously crafted an anthology centered around the BIG-5 personality framework. This strategic move enhances our understanding of individual traits and brings forth tangible benefits for our clients.

Integrating this anthology into our services, we provide customized solutions for domain-specific screening across diverse job levels, spanning from entry-level positions to management roles. This comprehensive approach covers sectors such as Sales, Customer Service, Finance, Technology, Marketing, and HR, ensuring suitability for candidates at every career stage.

This means more precise assessments, streamlined hiring processes, and a better fit for your organizational needs.

2. Validity Paper: The Science Behind BIG-5:

A noteworthy accomplishment was the development and publication of their research paper on Visual versus Textual Assessments. This groundbreaking study provided deep insights into the efficacy of visual-based assessments in accurately gauging candidates’ competencies, especially in comparison to traditional text-based methods. 

This research has been instrumental in solidifying PMaps’ position as a pioneer in HR technology, offering evidence-based tools that significantly improve hiring outcomes. The findings have profound implications for industries where understanding and interpreting visual information is crucial, further establishing PMaps as a leader in providing comprehensive, scientifically validated assessment platforms.

Explore the rich insights of our validity paper by clicking here!  “Research Paper

III . Enhanced User Experience: Revamped Dashboard and Insightful Reports

We embarked on a visual feast as we explored the user-centric design principles that shaped our assessments. The revamped HR admin dashboard and new insightful reports promised a seamless and enriching user experience.

1. Revamped Dashboard: A Visual Symphony

The HR admin dashboard was transformed:

  1. Upgraded the dashboard’s look and feel.
  2. Provided ‘User Management’ access to the client.
  3. Introduced – ‘Test library’.
  4. Added an ‘Archive Test’ option for clients to view inactive tests.

  2. Insightful Reports: Empowering User Decision-Making

In our continuous commitment to enhancing the user experience for HR professionals, we took a transformative step in refining our existing reports.

The original reports provided valuable insights, featuring : 

  1. Response Style
  2. Competency Overview
  3. Detailed Descriptions of Competencies
  4. Aptitude Results
  5. Overall answer sheet. 

Recognizing the evolving needs of the HR community, we embarked on a journey to craft reports that go beyond conventional assessments.

The newly designed reports offer a visually captivating experience, showcasing a modern look and feel. They now provide an enriched user experience with the introduction of innovative features, including: 

Offered a detailed breakdown of Strengths and Weaknesses.

b. Integrated Behavioral Interview Questions for deeper insights.

c. Included Managerial Counsel for leveraging candidates with diverse trait scores.

These enhancements not only elevate the aesthetic appeal of the reports but also ensure a more engaging and informative journey for users. This granular insight into candidates’ profiles enables HR professionals to make more informed decisions.

IV. Global Recognition: Partnerships and Multilingual Assessments

In 2023, PMaps expanded into new markets, introducing assessments in various languages like:  

  1. Hindi
  2. Spanish
  3. Marathi
  4. Assamese
  5. Punjabi
  6. Bengali
  7. Gujarati
  8. Kannada
  9. Odia
  10. Telugu
  11. Malayalam.

To gain deeper insights into the various types of assessments that we offer, schedule a demo with us today by clicking here. “Book A Demo

2. Global Business Expansion: PMaps' Strategic Ventures:

Embarking on a global journey, PMaps entered the Gulf Cooperation Council market, making significant strides in Dubai through Lumofy.

This strategic move solidified our position as a global player, reflecting our team’s dedication to innovation and growth in diverse markets.

We organized The Dubai Roundtable Conference, led by Saurabh Rana, which proved to be a significant event for the dynamic labor market in the GCC region. This gathering united industry experts and female thought leaders to deliberate on crucial hiring and talent management topics, including Diversity Hiring, HR technology, and Psychometric Assessments.

To watch the recorded session, Click on Watch Now!

3. Industry Accolades: Google Startup Accelerator Program:

Following the successful completion of A series funding, Tarvinder, our co-founder, was selected for the Google for Startups Accelerator Program.

This recognition marks a significant achievement for PMaps. The Google for Startups accelerator provided a unique opportunity for us to further develop through mentorship, resources, and networking within the Google ecosystem.

V. Industry Insights and Trends

1. Navigating Key Trends: Voice and Accent, Sales Assessments

In the ever-changing world of assessments, we’ve noticed clear trends in different industries. Specifically, there’s a notable rise in the importance of Voice and Accent assessments, as well as an increased demand for Sales assessments. These trends reflect the evolving needs of various sectors.

As businesses diversify and cater to global audiences, the ability to communicate effectively, especially in customer-facing roles, has become a crucial aspect of talent assessment. 

This surge in demand reflects the industry’s recognition of the importance of linguistic and communication skills in an increasingly interconnected and globalized business environment.

Moreover, the emphasis on Sales assessments underlines the strategic importance of evaluating and enhancing sales capabilities to drive business success in a competitive market.

2. Success Stories: Driving Organizational Excellence with PMaps Assessments

Embarking on successful collaborations with industry leaders such as Max Life Insurance, IDFC First Bank, Medusind, Credence, Zomato, Bajaj Capital, and FSL, we conducted comprehensive performance and attrition analyses for these esteemed clients. 

Our engagements ranged from addressing soft skills gaps to navigating talent competition challenges. These partnerships vividly showcase how PMaps assessments, with their adaptability and effectiveness, have proven instrumental in meeting diverse HR needs and fostering organizational success.

3. Ed-Tech Success: Strategic Talent Acquisition with Digivarsity

Showcasing our proficiency in talent acquisition within the dynamic Ed-Tech industry, our collaboration with Digivarsity stands as a testament to our success. 

Conducting effective assessments, we identify top-notch candidates, and our strategic hiring approach significantly contributes to Digivarsity’s success by ensuring the identification of exceptional talent.

Celebrating Life: Memorable Moments at PMaps

Embarking on the Journey of Shared Experiences at PMaps

Beyond the metrics and milestones, the heartbeat of PMaps resonated through our vibrant culture. Moments such as Holi, Diwali, an outbound picnic to Alibaug, work anniversaries, and birthday celebrations collectively painted a rich canvas of our shared experience.

  1. Festivities: Colors, Lights, and Rangoli

Immersed in the joyous celebrations of Holi and Diwali, the vibrant colors and lively rangoli competitions showcased the festive spirit that bound the PMaps family together.

2. Outbound Excursion: Alibaug Adventure

The outbound picnic to Alibaug became a memorable adventure, where new joiners and seasoned employees forged connections beyond the office walls. This excursion symbolized unity and collaboration, creating a stronger bond within the PMaps system.

3. Employee Recognition: Work Anniversaries and Birthdays

Reflecting on the past, we took moments to appreciate the dedication of our team. Work anniversaries and monthly birthday celebrations added a personal touch, recognizing and cherishing the unique contributions of each team member.

Conclusion

As we bid farewell to 2023, the tapestry of our collective journey unfolded—the journey will be forever marked by resilience, growth, collaboration, and the unwavering pursuit of excellence. Together, we are stepping into the canvas of the future, where possibilities are limitless, and the symphony of data-driven talent assessments and psychometrics continues to resonate.

FAQ's

PMaps Assessment is a visual-based assessment platform designed to evaluate the skills, language proficiency, and personality traits of job applicants. It is widely used by businesses to make evidence-based hiring decisions, ensuring a strategic fit for their organizational culture. PMaps offers a comprehensive suite of over 500 tailored assessments suitable for various industries, assessing competencies across the employee life cycle. The platform’s assessments are grounded in the Big 5 Personality Model and Need Theory, ensuring a robust and scientifically validated approach. Its unique visual-based format is particularly effective in eliminating language barriers and capturing the candidate’s true behavior and personality. This innovative approach makes PMaps an essential tool for organizations seeking to enhance their hiring process, reduce hiring costs, and improve employee retention.

To explore the full range of services provided by PMaps, please visit our website, PMaps.

A psychometric test in recruitment is a standardized assessment tool used to measure a candidate’s mental capabilities, behavioral style, and suitability for a specific role based on the required personality characteristics and cognitive abilities. These tests are designed to objectively evaluate candidates’ skills in areas such as logical reasoning, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and various aspects of personality.

There are various types of psychometric tests, including:

  1. Personality Tests: These assess behavioral styles and the type of work environment in which a candidate may excel. They typically measure traits like extroversion, stability, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. These tests help predict a candidate’s future job performance and how well they will fit into a team or company culture.
  2. Cognitive Ability Tests: These assess cognitive abilities and include numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, and spatial reasoning tests. They are designed to measure a candidate’s ability to process and interpret information, make decisions, and solve problems.
  3. Skills and Aptitude Tests: Evaluate specific skills and abilities relevant to the job, such as numerical, verbal, or technical skills.

Psychometric tests play a pivotal role in modern recruitment strategies, serving as a robust tool to inform decision-making about candidates. Beyond aiding in the identification of developmental areas, these assessments enhance the overall efficacy of the recruitment process by providing valuable insights into a candidate’s potential performance, work style, and compatibility with organizational culture. Offering an objective lens, psychometric tests unveil facets of a candidate’s character and cognitive ability not easily discernible in traditional interviews. This objective assessment empowers employers to make more informed hiring decisions, shedding light on a candidate’s suitability for a role beyond what is evident from a resume or interview alone.

To know more about the various types of psychometric assessments, please visit our Test Library by clicking here, “Test Library

The Big Five framework, also known as the Five-Factor Model (FFM) or the OCEAN model, is a widely used psychological model that describes human personality based on five broad dimensions. 

These dimensions are considered to encompass most of the significant aspects of personality variation. The Big Five factors are:

  1. Openness to Experience (O): This factor reflects the extent to which an individual is open-minded, imaginative, curious, and willing to engage in new and unconventional experiences.
  2. Conscientiousness (C): Conscientiousness measures the degree to which a person is organized, responsible, dependable, and goal-oriented. Individuals high in conscientiousness tend to be diligent and reliable.
  3. Extraversion (E): Extraversion refers to the degree of sociability, assertiveness, talkativeness, and overall preference for social interactions. Extraverted individuals are typically outgoing and energetic.
  4. Agreeableness (A): Agreeableness assesses a person’s level of kindness, cooperation, empathy, and concern for others. Individuals high in agreeableness tend to be cooperative and compassionate.
  5. Neuroticism (N): Neuroticism measures emotional stability, resilience to stress, and the tendency to experience negative emotions such as anxiety and depression. Individuals high in neuroticism may be more prone to emotional distress.

The Big Five framework is widely used in various fields, including psychology, organizational behavior, and personality assessment.

It provides a comprehensive and structured way to understand and describe individual differences in personality traits.

A Voice and Accent Assessment is a type of evaluation designed to assess an individual’s proficiency in spoken language, pronunciation, intonation, and overall communication style, particularly in the context of a specific language or accent. 

This assessment is commonly used in industries where effective verbal communication is crucial, such as customer service, sales, and roles requiring interaction with a global audience.

Key components of a Voice and Accent Assessment may include:

  1. Pronunciation: Evaluating the clarity and accuracy of pronunciation in the chosen language or accent.
  2. Intonation and Rhythm: Assessing the natural flow, rhythm, and intonation of speech, which contribute to effective communication.
  3. Communication Style: Examining the overall communication style, including pace, tone, and emphasis, to ensure clarity and understanding.
  4. Language Fluency: Gauging the individual’s fluency in the language, including vocabulary and grammar.

Voice and Accent Assessments are particularly valuable for multinational companies or those operating in diverse markets. They help ensure that employees can communicate effectively with clients, customers, and colleagues from different linguistic backgrounds, minimizing misunderstandings and enhancing overall communication proficiency. 

These assessments are often conducted through interviews, audio recordings, or specialized online tools to objectively evaluate an individual’s spoken language skills.

The PMaps Voice and Accent Assessment is designed to provide employers with a comprehensive understanding of a candidate’s verbal communication skills, helping them make informed hiring decisions for roles where voice and accent are critical factors. These assessments can also be used for training and development purposes, helping existing employees improve their communication skills in line with organizational standards.