ThinkFruit.in, a strategy, operations and management consultant company, has launched JobFit.in, a skill certification and job recruitment site. The portal provides skill assessment tests for job seekers that intends to highlight their top skills to the recruiters. The website is developed and designed by ITCombine.

How it works: The assessment is conducted in two steps: an online assessment followed by a telephonic interview. The company informs that users are assessed for 15 globally relevant job skills and competencies, and a JobFit score, certificate and skill report is generated post completion of the assessment. Recruiters and employers can thus get access to filtered profiles based on skills.

Portal: We registered on the website by submitting our email address, phone number, and a password. Although the company allows users to signup using Facebook connect and LinkedIn, at the time of writing this article, both didn’t work for us. The portal doesn’t make it immediately clear as to how one needs to fill out his profile after signing up. However, once the user figures out how to do so, he can then buy a JobFit standard package for Rs. 299 to assess his skills.

Monetization/JobFit Packages

For job seekers: Currently, as a promotional offer, JobFit offers a free Indiatimes Shopping voucher worth Rs 300 with every JobFit standard package, essentially giving the impression of nullifying the package amount. Other than the JobFit Standard package, the portal offers four more packages: Premium – for those who want to sponsor candidates, Pro – for downloading greater information, Advanced – for recruiters and employers who want to use their own test engine for recruiting, and a Basic package – for institutions who want to enroll candidates. What’s interesting is that, JobFit allows users to access the JobFit package by making a payment themselves or by getting someone else to sponsor it for them. The portal also allows candidates to look for a sponsor by contacting them via JobFit sponsor form. For self payment, JobFit supports all generic payment methods – debit/credit card and Net Banking. For job seekers who have subscribed to any of the packages above, using other features on the website including being searched or applying to jobs, among others is free.

For recruiters: For employers and recruiters, basic search and shortlisting is free, while the portal charges them to use value added services like usage of JobFit’s test engine. Apart from that, Vijh also informed us that through JobFit, recruiters can conduct their own additional domain-related test, or allow their own-sourced candidates to go through a personalized skill assessment program. JobFit also allows mass recruitment for recruiters.

On Recruitment: Vijh is not too concerned with the overall slowdown in the recruitment market. He claims that employers are always challenged in terms of finding candidates with the right job skills. Since JobFit provides skill assessment, grading and certifications, he believes that interest in JobFit will remain.

Traditionally, recruiters use assessment tools to screen candidates before formal interviews as resumes do not give a clear indication of the validity of the candidate, which is an additional process for them. JobFit does solve this pain point for recruiters, however, while doing so it puts the burden of filtering ones job profile on job seekers. At competing sites such as Naukri and Monster, submitting a resume is usually free for job seekers and the burden to filter candidates falls on recruiters.

Alternatively, recruiters and job seekers connect only after assessment and grading. Why would job seekers use JobFit instead of Naukri or Monster which offer at least a chance at visibility?

On Funding: Currently, JobFit is 100% promoter funded and is focused on acquiring customers.

Other players: JobFit essentially competes with recruitment players including NaukriShine.com, Monster, ClickJobs and TimesJobs, besides job boards, and popular professional network, LinkedIn.

Last year, YourNextLeap.com, a web-based career recommendation engine, had pivoted to a job site, allowing users to build profiles, take aptitude tests and search for jobs. The site also offered an assessment tool, suggesting jobs based on an assessment of the user’s activities, interests and strengths.