WIth Harver’s Internet Speed Test you are able to have reliable data regarding a candidate’s home internet conditions, making it even easier to recruit for Work From Home positions. The Internet Speed Test measures four main components of internet speed, each component is configured to your organizations custom requirements. Within the candidate results, you can quickly see if the candidate has passed each component, and view their results.
The Internet Speed Test can be paired with Harver’s System Diagnostics module to gain a deeper understanding of a candidates WFH set up. If you want to learn more about the System Diagnostics, you can find information here.
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Internet Speed Test Measurements Explained
Download speed - The rate that information travels from the internet to your device when you do things like looking at a web page or download a program or email. Most connections are designed to download much faster than they upload, since the majority of online activity, like loading web pages or streaming videos, consists of downloads.
Upload speed - The rate that information travels from your device to the internet like when you send an email or file. A fast upload speed is helpful when sending large files via email, or in using video-chat to talk to someone else online (since you have to send your video feed to them).
Latency (ping) - Latency is the reaction time of your connection – how quickly your device gets a response after you’ve sent out a request. A fast ping means a more responsive connection, especially in applications where timing is everything (like video calls). Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms).
Jitter - Jitter frequency is a measure of the variability in ping over time. Jitter is not noticeable when reading text, but when streaming or video calling a high jitter can result in buffering and other interruptions. Technically, this is a measure of the average deviation from the mean. Jitter is measured in milliseconds (ms).
The Internet Speed Test takes seconds to complete for candidates, and does not require any downloads. Candidates are asked to confirm that they are using their home internet, prompting them to log out and log back in once they are at home if they are not already. A candidate can skip this module if they do not have any home internet.
Candidates can use their mobile phones or tablets to conduct the Internet Speed Test, though must be connected to their home WiFi or internet, and not use 4G.
Once the speed test is completed, candidates can view their results seeing which components they have passed and which they have failed. If candidates want to learn more about how to improve their score or troubleshoot internet connectivity issues, they are directed to this online help center article. Candidate can re-try the speed test two more times.