The Racer Game
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Written by Elise Loopuijt
Updated over a week ago

In this article you will find the following topics:

  • Introduction;

  • Scoring and implications;

  • Interview Guide;

  • Task during the game;

  • Validation report.

Introduction

The Racer Game measures a person's cognitive flexibility. This is the extent to which we can flexibly adapt/change our thoughts and behaviours to new and unexpected situations.

Scoring and implications

The game's scoring algorithm is based on percentile scoring. Players can score in each of the following 5 buckets:

  1. Routined;

  2. Somewhat routined;

  3. Neutral;

  4. Somewhat flexible;

  5. Flexible.

To clarify the implications of different scores on this spectrum, below you'll find a comparison between bucket 1 (very habitual) and bucket 5 (very flexible).

Bucket 1. Routined

Bucket 5. Flexible

Characteristics and behaviours

You prefer structure and planning and find it harder to deal with change.

  • Good at sticking to deadlines and following structure.

  • Can plan workflow in advance.

  • Struggle with uncertainty.

  • Need more time to adapt to sudden change.

  • Low tolerance for errors and undesirable changes.

  • May have difficulties seeing things some a different point of view.


You can easily adapt to changes and can easily change your way of working if needed.

  • Are more willing to/seeking for trying out new tools and techniques;

  • Can more quickly and easily accept new working methods and adjust to changing circumstances;

  • Are more likely to perform well in dynamic/hectic working environments;

  • Have the ability to switch between different situations and/or responsibilities.

  • Relevant for jobs in which employees often need to adapt to or switch between different situations and/or responsibilities.

  • Positions that require creative thinking and innovative solutions.

  • Roles in which you are likely to face various people, complex problems and need to adjust their decision-making to the environment every day.


Responsibilities or environments that fit this person best

Tasks that provide structure and stable working environments.

Tasks that require strategic decision making, adaptation to changing situations, and creativity.

Interview Guide

Click here to access the Interview Guide, providing you with interview questions to include in your structured interviews, related to this game.

Task during the game

During The Racer, the rule that determines the fastest lane changes several times. The goal is to adapt to the rule changes, in order to move your car into the fastest lane and cross the finish line in the shortest possible time. Someone with high cognitive flexibility is likely to adapt to these rule changes more easily than someone who is more habitual.

Why is being more flexible better than scoring low on flexibility?

The game essentially measures how well you can adapt to changes in your environment. Someone who can deal with this well is classified as flexible while someone who takes longer to adapt to change is classified as habitual. There are some jobs and tasks that don't require you to flexibly adapt to change all the time so for those positions it's not so relevant if you have high cognitive flexibility or not. In that case, being more habitual may not hinder your productivity. But in jobs where you have to adapt to different people and situations a lot (for example if you work with multiple departments and different teams, or such as yourselves, with different types of customers) a low score on the racer game would mean there is a higher chance this person is going to struggle with the demands or may need more time to adjust to these changing circumstances.

All in all, a more flexible person will also be able to work in a structured environment, but a more routined person will struggle in a flexible environment.

Validation report

Here you can find the validation report.

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