Job Simulation Assessment
One of the ways a candidate can be assessed for a particular situation is to simulate an actual job-situation and check how he/she fares in it. This is an immediate and relevant test which can lay bare the actual delivering capability of the candidate at the given moment.
Job simulation assessment refers to the recruiter or the line manager who is interviewing a candidate to ask him to demonstrate any task or activity pertaining to the job to check the level of skill. For example, the line manager may ask a software developer to write down a short piece of code in the interview to assess his/her clarity on the domain. Similarly, a candidate being interviewed for a credit underwriting position may be given a tricky case-situation and may be asked to explain what approach he/she will take to assess the true credit worthiness of the customer and how much amount will he/she sanction, if the case is found suitable. The basic premise is to essentially 'throw' the candidate into the actual job-scenario to assess what kind of performance will he/she deliver as an employee and what is his/her approach towards execution. This practice is generally employed only by the line managers of the department where the position belongs to since HR recruiters will generally tend not to have a detailed view of the functional nuances involved.