Companies Join Forces to Help Job Seekers Get the Job That Best “Fits” Their Personality

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SIMmersion’s virtual job interview training and the Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) from PAR, Inc., work together to help job seekers discover jobs that are right for them and then ace the interview.

... a win-win opportunity for us to support each other in spreading the word about these evidence-based systems and what they can do for job seekers of all kinds.

What if there were one place people could go to discover what type of work suits their personality and then get job interview training proven to increase the odds of getting a job offer? SIMmersion, the developer of virtual job interview training using patented PeopleSim® technology, and PAR, the developer of one of the most widely used career interest inventories in the world and a leading publisher of psychological assessment products, are teaming up to make that happen.

To help their customers get the best possible results from their job search, these companies have started working together to cross-promote two innovative products. The fifth edition of the Self-Directed Search (SDS) is a career interest test based on John Holland’s personality type model that asks questions about aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs to help users find occupations and fields of study that match well with their personalities. SIMmersion’s Job Interview Training System puts job seekers in front of Molly Porter, a virtual human resources manager, for a simulated job interview. Together, the Job Interview Training System and the SDS pack a powerful one-two punch for job seekers.

Designed to help clients learn about themselves and their career options, the Self-Directed Search asks questions about each client’s occupational interests, skills, abilities, and preferences and generates a personalized three-letter code for each test-taker, which can be used to help him or her find occupational matches. Accessible online at, the SDS takes about 20 minutes to complete and produces a comprehensive individualized report. Armed with this information, clients can then focus on job interview training. Research shows that job seekers who practice positive answers to common interview questions using SIMmersion’s virtual job interview improve their interview skills and confidence. Interviewing with Molly lets job seekers practice skills and learn from common mistakes in a safe, private format. An on-screen coach offers feedback during the conversation, and a detailed score provided at the end of each interview tracks progress and highlights ways in which the job seeker can improve. Additional research suggests that people who practice interviewing with SIMmersion’s virtual human resources manager are much more likely to get a job offer than those who don’t.

“It’s been very gratifying to see the positive impact Job Interview Training with Molly Porter has had for job seekers in this independent research,” says Ben Allen-Kingsland, Business Development Director of Health and Corporate Programs for SIMmersion. “We see this new relationship with PAR as a win-win opportunity for us to support each other in spreading the word about these evidence-based systems and what they can do for job seekers of all kinds.”

“We believe our partnership with SIMmersion will set the standard for career assessment and job interview training,” said Eric Jessen, Vice President of Marketing for PAR. “With more than 35 million worldwide users of the Self-Directed Search, there is a rich history of user success and satisfaction. Coupled with Job Interview Training with Molly Porter, job seekers can enjoy robust tools to guide them in their job search.”

When job seekers visit or to learn about Job Interview Training with Molly Porter, they will be able to use a link to find out more about the SDS and how it can help them find out what field is right for them. Likewise, as job seekers browse the SDS Web site (, they are encouraged to find out about Molly. By using these two products together, job seekers put themselves on the path to a satisfying new career.

About SIMmersion

SIMmersion’s mission is to train communication skills faster and more effectively by combining the world's most realistic simulated experiences with highly interactive training content and extensive user feedback. For more information, contact SIMmersion online or at 443-283-2555.

About PAR

PAR is a leading publisher of psychological assessment materials. PAR offers products in an array of assessment formats, including print materials, software, apps, and online testing materials, developed to meet the needs of professionals in psychology, mental health, counseling, education, forensics, pharmaceutical product development, and career counseling. For more information, contact PAR online ( or call 1.800.331.8378.

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