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Mastering programs like Excel, Powerpoint or languages ​​like Java or PHP, are easily added to a resume. Skills that are crucial anchor points for recruiters. But how to validate these skills? During an interview a recruiter might be able to find out more about to what extent a job seeker is familiar with Google Analytics or the use of Twitter for example. But since these online tools are developing and changing rapidly, there is a need to validate these skills.  Smarterer, a start-up from Boston, has come up with a solution.

Smart, smarter, smarterer
By making them answer 10 questions, Smarterer puts applicants to the test. Within 60 seconds or faster, you have to choose one of the multiple-choice answers. If you answer correctly, then the next question will be one of a more difficult level and vice versa. The final score is benchmarked with all other participants. So the better the competition, the lower your score turns out. The consequence of the benchmark model is that users need to maintain their score. Because if more people do the test, your score is going to change as well. My score – see badge below – was initially 470 and see where it is now…

Crowdsourced
Whether it’s for Matlab, Final Cut Pro or Outlook, all questions are created by users themselves – crowdsourced – and approved by the team of Smarterer.  CEO Jennifer Fremont-Smith told me that everyone is free to add a test. Multinational corporations, small businesses and software developers, whether they speak French or Spanish. “Just make sure you mention the language in the title”, Fremont-Smith said.

Every test needs a minimum of 20 questions.  However, Smarterer is making an effort at this moment to approach experts to come up with questions as well whenever the creator could think of a few questions but not up till 20.  According to Fremont-Smith, ‘pending’ tests do need to be interesting enough for a large audience in order for Smarterer to proactively search for more input.  After the minimum of 20 questions, applicants who want to obtain a higher score can add questions themselves as well.  Users who do, are rewarded with a higher score.

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Fee Naaijkens's Score in LinkedIn

After 10 questions you will get a score between 1 and 800. You can either choose to continue and improve your score or stop at that point. You might even want to publish a badge on your LinkedIn profile or another (digital) resume to show off!  So with only one click the recruiter will see right away what your level is with a certain program compared to other (so-called) specialists.

Currently Smarterer is still in beta. In June 2011 the company received an investment of $ 1,250,000 of  True Ventures and Goolge Ventures.

Do you have an idea for a test or just want to see how smart you are? Click on the badge for an invite.

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