Challengage: Test Job Candidates with Games

April 30, 2013

12:00 pm

A group of 22-year-olds are huddled around a game board, playing Tablet Wars. But they aren’t goofing off during senior year of college; they’re actually on a job interview.

Challengage makes games that help companies test undergraduates’ problem solving, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Played in groups of four to six – which may include current team members – these 25-minute challenges give you a real-time, unrehearsed look at what a job candidate can do. You can also test culture fit by how they get along with your team.

These games come bundled in a briefcase, and they pair with mobile and web apps from Challengage. Below, COO Paul Klopfer shares some of his startup lessons.

Tech Cocktail: What common startup advice do you completely agree with?

Paul Klopfer: Relish in your failures. We have a failures chart we regularly update from minor to severe. We love to look at it and laugh about all the things we have tried along the way.

Tech Cocktail: What’s the best entrepreneurship book you’ve read and why?

Klopfer: Outliers. It isn’t specifically about entrepreneurship but it talks about the 10,000-hour rule to mastery and how the ultra-successful came into the market when the world was waiting for their revolution.

Tech Cocktail: What do you wish someone had told you about startup life? 

Klopfer: Prepare to look forward to ramen sprinkled with cheese.

Tech Cocktail: What personality trait has served you the best as an entrepreneur?

Klopfer: Resilience. Getting back on the horse after things do not go the way you envisioned them.

Tech Cocktail: If your startup were a cocktail, which one would it be and why?

Klopfer: Long Island Iced Tea. On the surface it tastes harmless, but when time passes and you think about it, you realize how much power it has.

Tech Cocktail: What’s one quirky fact about your team?

Klopfer: The CEO is obsessed with wolves.

Challengage is a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail New York mixer on Thursday – join us!

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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