Usability testing for Indeed's job search flow for international students
MY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILTIES
Timeline : August 21 - November 21
Team : 4 members
Indeed is a job site with over 250 million unique visitors every month. It gives the visitors free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies.
There are 900,000+ international students Indeed can convert to their preferred job-seeking platform. So we wanted to find whether Indeed’s job search experience could be improved for international students.
With over 250 million unique visitors every month we were tasked with identifying issues with Indeed's user flows. As a team we were challenged on which user paths to consider, what personas to test for, to identify problems and make
recommendations to improve the user flows.
In order to find the path we wanted to focus on for the usability testing, we conducted preliminary interviews with 2 stakeholders at indeed and 5 users with experience using Indeed.
We were looking for the answers to following questions:
What were the most important tasks they perform while using Indeed?
Which flow should we select to improve the user experience?
What was the persona of the users we wanted to focus on?
Were there any user needs Indeed didn't support?
How would they describe their past and current experiences with Indeed?
How did they in the past use other job site and resources for the same purpose as Indeed?
To understand the problems faced by the international students while searching for the jobs which sponsor visa we spoke with a few students from our university and created our user persona which is shown below.
After studying the responses from the preliminary interviews, we got an idea of all the major tasks users performed and the paths they took while navigating through the website. Then we created the user journey map to find the pain points of users and the areas of improvement. This helped us figure out the flow we wanted to focus on going forward.
Our challenge was to compare how international students felt while using indeed.com and handshake.com and find out their pain points while looking for sponsored jobs. Based on the findings from the user tests we had to make recommendations for Indeed on how to improve the user experience for international students.
What we did
We did a comparative usability test between Indeed and Handshake - a job search platform catering to college students.
changed the order of tasks to reduce the chances of it influencing the results.
Asked people to fill 10 questions screener form to select the right users for the usability testing
10 Question Screener
Conducted 1 pilot test and 8 user tests, 60 mins each to compare Indeed and Handshake
Asked users to perform 3 tasks: 1. Search, 2. Verify, 3. Doesn't Sponsor for both the websites
Asked a few debriefing questions to the users & fill the SUS to get more feedback
Debriefing & SUS
We selected 8 international students as per the responses received from the screener. We made sure to get users with diversity in work experience, location and job interests in order to get unbiased insights.
What paths did they take?
How was their experience?
Easier to use
Better for browsing/filtering/finding job
Abandoned/ Gave Up
Time on Task
We got a lot of interesting insights from the user tests. A few of them are shown below:
Some users were not able to find a sponsored job on indeed
The filters on indeed are inconsistent
All users found jobs that don't sponsor visas even after applying "sponsorship" filter
Its not easy to find the work authorization details on indeed
Confusing language used for work authorization details on handshake
Indeed provides more options due to larger database
SUS scores for handshake is much better than Indeed
Based on the findings from the usability test we came up with some recommendations to improve Indeed's job search experience for international students:
RECOMMENDATION 1 : WHAT USERS SAID HANDSHAKE DOES WELL
The work authorization details are mentioned at the beginning is easy to find and properly displayed on Handshake. Handshake also has a dedicated filter for work authorization details which makes it easier for the international students to search for sponsored jobs.
RECOMMENDATION 2 : FILTERS
Indeed currently has inconsistent filters and a long list of options where only one option can be selected at a time. So we redesigned the benefits filter with a search box and multi-select option. The same design and multi-select functionality can be used for the other filters.
RECOMMENDATION 3 : EMPLOYER SIDE
In the current form for a job posting filled by the employer, there is no option for selecting visa sponsorship details and hence the users are not able to find the information easily. We recommend adding a visa sponsorship option in the employer side form.
RECOMMENDATION 4 : KEYWORD RESULTS
It is difficult to find the details as per the keywords entered in the search box. So we recommend highlighting the keyword on the page so that it is easy to find.
Learnings & Future Scope
Working on this project taught me:
Refining our task language
Copy/pasting tasks during usability testing
What we would like to do better:
Create personas from screener categorizations
Participants complete tasks without speaking aloud
Divide time-on-tasks: 1) Exploring site 2) Searching
Increase sample size