Samsung Group’s exam investigators check takers of its online recruitment test in real-time. This is the first time for South Korea’s largest business conglomerate to conduct its recruitment test online. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung Group said Monday that South Korea’s top conglomerate carried out online recruitment exams over the weekend for the first time in its 82-year history amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants took the Global Samsung Aptitude Test (GSAT), which took place four times in total on Saturday and Sunday, under the real-time monitoring of Samsung.

While taking the test at home with their computers, they were obliged to use smartphones to record a video so that exam supervisors could check a monitor screen, a mouse, and their face and hands.

Those who are caught cheating will face a five-year ban to take the GSAT, which started in 1995 to measure would-be Samsung workers’ “academic intelligence” and “practical intelligence.”

Samsung said that it did not find any cheating or program malfunctions for last weekend’s tests. It refused to reveal how many people took the online test.

Samsung said that the Seoul-based group thinks of expanding the remote hiring process as concerns about the novel coronavirus continue.

Samsung’s application goes through four different steps of document screening, the GSAT, and two rounds of interviews. It remains to be seen whether Samsung will also interview applicants online.

Samsung’s rival Hyundai Motor Group has already introduced online interviews.

Hyundai Motor, the country’s No. 1 automaker, and its sister company Kia Motors had online tests and interviews to recruit new employees earlier this year.

In other words, successful applicants did not have to meet any Hyundai officials face-to-face for recruitment.


UPI News Korea provides this article. _ ED.