Amid Covid-19, Remote-Capable Language Skills Tests are Vital Talent Tools

Authored by: Mitch R. Confesor

Versant Mobile Apps: Always Ready to be Downloaded

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, language skills assessment tests like Versant can help businesses continue their talent recruitment strategy amid travel disruption and health safety risks.

Versant is extremely beneficial to the business continuity plans of companies amid the outbreak of Covid-19. That’s because Versant is:

  • Automated
  • AI-powered, and
  • Accessible on mobile especially from the comfort of test takers’ homes.

That means candidates across the globe can take these tests 24/7. And they’re available in multiple languages, including English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Arabic.

frustrated woman on phone talking with customer service

With the current pandemic severely disrupting customer service satisfaction and delivery, remote language skills tests, like Versant, can address the skills gap needed for business continuity planning. And with internet and wireless networks coming under immense pressure to deliver reliable connectivity, language skills tests will be vital for customer service delivery and continuity.

According to the Buffer 2020 State of Remote Work, collaboration and communication issues top the biggest struggle with working remotely. The report reveals overwhelming favorability and response to at-home or remote work arrangements.

English Skills Tests for an At-Home Workforce

Gartner published guidelines to address issues such as identifying critical roles in a preparedness and response plan. In creating a checklist for handling incidents like a pandemic, having a reliable and biased-free English language skills assessment tests, like Versant, is definitely important.

Having these language skills assessment tests available online 24/7, could be the answer to the critical question regarding what infrastructure support businesses need to support the shift to an at-home workforce.

Even without the Covid disruption, remote work will be among the trends that will shape the future workforce.

young Gen Z guy working from home

Which is why mobile-friendly, easy-to-use language skills tests, like Versant, are appealing tools for the tech-savvy workers of the coming generation.

With GenZers fully entering the workforce, Gartner research revealed the demand for remote work will increase by 30 percent by 2030. According to the research, 64 percent of today’s professionals can already work anywhere with remote work policies in place at more than 71 percent of global organizations.

Remote work is already attractive to employees who need greater flexibility. It eliminates commuting time for those with family obligations; these employees are nearly twice as likely to work remotely at least sometimes as those without such responsibilities. And the workforce segment supporting aging family members continues to grow, adding to demands for flexible work arrangements. — Gartner, 2019

With disruptions like pandemics, the mandatory use of remote work for business continuity will be here for quite a while.

Industries for Remote Work

According to the 2019 State of Remote Work report from Owl Labs, the top industries of remote workers in the U.S. are:

  1. Healthcare (15%)
  2. Technology/internet (10%)
  3. Financial services (9%)
  4. Education (8%), and
  5. Manufacturing (7%)

Meanwhile, the top industries of remote workers globally are government/education, finance/insurance, technology/marketing, healthcare/medical, and manufacturing/industrial.

Finally, the Owl Labs report reveals that top departments for U.S. remote workers are:

  1. Facilities/Operations/IT (18%)
  2. Customer service/support/success (15%)
  3. Sales (14%)
  4. Administrative (13%), and
  5. Executive/company leadership (7%).

An analysis by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics also revealed that remote work has grown between 90 to 160 percent in the last 10 to 12 years.

person downloading language skills assessment tests on smartphone and tablet

Versant is a Robust Mobile App

At this time, it’s no surprise that Zoom and Tiktok are the most downloaded apps, as people work at home in the time of the coronavirus.

To help business continuity and talent recruitment strategy with language skills assessment, the Versant mobile app is available for easy download both on Google’s Android Play Store and the Apple iOS App Store.

Through TDS, Versant will support industries in light of the current Covid-19 situation. We’ll continue to assist businesses – and their job candidates – how to get the best of the Versant Mobile app, particularly for their smartphones.

Among the much needed technical requirements for the Versant Test App are:

  1. iPhone with operating system 10.0+
  2. Android phone with Android operating system 4.4+
  3. 25 MB available storage space for taking one test
  4. 140 MB available for pre-downloading tests
  5. App size for downloading: 4.0 MB for Android and 3.3 MB for Apple iOS
  6. Average size of each test content is 6-12MB
  7. 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection to download and upload test (Recommended)
  8. Upload response size is 6-12MB
  9. Headset (Optional)

Try Versant’s Language Skills Tests for Free

To further address TDS’ Versant service delivery, connect with us about how your business can receive FREE Versant test IDs to help you recruit remotely, specifically for your candidate assessments of English language skills proficiency.