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Samsung considering expanding online recruitment process

All Headlines 16:19 May 31, 2020

SEOUL, May 31 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Group, South Korea's top conglomerate, said Sunday it is considering expanding its remote hiring process after wrapping up its first-ever online recruitment exam amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Global Samsung Aptitude Test (GSAT), an entrance exam for those who seek jobs at Samsung, was conducted online for the first time this weekend.

"With the result of the first online exam, we will upgrade our hiring system and plan to utilize online-related solutions in various recruiting areas," the group said.

A supervisor looks at a monitor as applicants take Samsung Group's recruitment exam on May 31, 2020, in this photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. The test, named the Global Samsung Aptitude Test (GSAT), was conducted online this year amid concerns over the new coronavirus. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Under the new system, job applicants were asked to take the test at home using their personal computers. They were required to record a video using their smartphones to show a monitor screen, a mouse and their face and hands so that an exam proctor could monitor possible cheating practices in real time.

Samsung said those who are caught cheating will be banned from taking its test for five years. So far, no cheating or program malfunctions have been reported, the group said.

Samsung didn't reveal how many people took the online exam, but industry sources said the figure may be smaller than a year ago.

However, Samsung positively evaluated its first online GSAT, saying it contributed to the country's fight against the novel coronavirus.

"The online exam is a suitable recruitment system in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and it is a path that we should move toward someday," the group said. "It also contributed to reducing various social costs compared with a massive offline test."

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