As some will be aware already, another top freelancing platform is removing seller skills tests. These are the same tests which Fiverr uses. Moreover, part of the reason given for removing skills tests echos concerns some people here have about tests:
Our research found that clients don’t find skill tests important when making a hiring decision. They found profile introductions, portfolios, and job feedback to better showcase a freelancer’s skills and experience.
In the community, many of you have pointed out that skill test scores can easily be manipulated by cheating, as many skill test answers can be found online. Additionally, we frequently hear that these skill tests – especially technical ones – quickly become outdated or irrelevant. This decreases the value and accuracy of skill test results to fairly reflect a freelancer’s proficiency in that skill.
Instead of continuing to provide development resources towards skill tests and asking freelancers to invest time on tests that don’t provide much additional value, we will be removing them altogether. This means starting July 16th freelancers will no longer be able to take skill tests, and prior skill test results will be removed from profiles.
I’m not sure if it is related. However, some software developers recently started to criticize the platform in question because of skills tests. Concerns rested with the relevancy of tests. This is important, as software development is an in-demand skill in 2019, with demand set to increase exponentially in the coming years. Tests effectively resulted in the platform in question risking to ostracize, rather than attract some developers.
Now I’m wondering if Fiverr too might remove skills tests? I’m wondering as like the platform removing tests, Fiverr has recently gone IPO. From an investment perspective, I can see how some might argue that a competing platform outing test answers as being available online looks bad for Fiverr.
Then, of course, there is the fact that tests are apparently of little value to clients or freelancers.
Personally, I would like to see skills tests shown the door. I haven’t taken any, as I don’t see how it would add value to my business. I’m also deterred by the idea of taking tests which might have bugs like impossible to answer questions.
What I would like to see instead of tests, is more freedom to connect Fiverr profiles to external blogs and sites like Medium. I don’t use any of the platforms in the Fiverr URL whitelist. I did recently start creating a Blogger website to use as a kind of portfolio. However, in the end, I realized that doing so would only serve to blur my off-Fiverr brand identity. Blogger is simply not very easy to customize and looks a bit early 2000’s and out-dated.
Alternatively, I once suggested that it might be a good idea for Fiverr to consider creating its own platform like Medium. This would be one where any seller could create an account and create their own blog, etc. Sellers would get to showcase their skills, and it would be beneficial from an SEO and marketing perspective for both Fiverr and Fiverr sellers.
Anyway, those are just my thoughts. What are yours? Also, if you have taken skills tests, did you notice an increase in orders or search visibility afterward?