Major corporations can spend six figures on hiring, while the best applicant's resume could end up in the trash. Companies using data, analytics and even games, however, may be getting closer to finding the right fit for their firms in less time than their competitors.
One neuroscience-based applicant screening system is Pymetrics, which subjects job seekers to a series of one- to three-minute games meant to match them up with positions suitable to their skills, values and mindsets.
The games are an upgrade from the classic Myers-Briggs questionnaire, developed in the 1940s, according to Frida Polli, Pymetrics founder and MIT-trained neuroscientist.
"We're not still using rotary phones, operators are not plugging things in manually, right? So we've moved on from 1940s technology in a lot of other areas," Polli said in an interview with CNBC.