Latest Silly Use Of Second Life: Job Interviews

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The silly levels of hype about Second Life as a business tool have died down over the last few months, as companies realize there’s often little value in setting up shop there beyond the initial PR benefits. However, the WSJ would have us believe that a growing number of companies are conducting job interviews inside Second Life. Perhaps if companies are hiring for jobs working on their in-world properties, such interviews make sense, but it’s hard to see the benefit of interviewing for other positions there. For instance, one guy says he spent several hours building his avatar and trying to figure out how to get around Second Life, then couldn’t figure out how to get the avatar to sit down in a chair during his interview. The job he was interested in? Executive chef for a large food-service company. It would seem that the interviews become largely about the prospective hire’s ability to manipulate their avatar and get around Second Life, which seems largely irrelevant to most people’s jobs (unless, perhaps, they’re the Dell employee responsible for passing out free in-game trees on Earth Day).


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Michael A. Banks (user link) says:

Second Life job interviews

A job interview in Second Life could be relevant in a situation interviewing candidates for a job as a Second Life avatar. Maybe hiring a guide … or maybe hiring someone to live a Second Life for someone who’s too busy in their real life.

It seems to be another case of, “Let’s do this because we CAN. Maybe someone will think it’s cool, even though it’s stupid.”

What’s next? Second Life reality TV?
–Mike

Joel Coehoorn says:

I don’t use 2nd Life at all; it just seems kind of juvenile. But I can see how this would be useful. Think of it not as the default way for interviews to take place, but as an option for people who would otherwise have difficulty interviewing in person. Let’s say you’re a new grad and you’re not too picky about where that job is located- this could make it possible for you to do interviews that would otherwise be very difficult.

TheLethologicalReader (user link) says:

Re:

I think that it’s a very interesting concept, but so far not all that useful. It could very well turn into a more useful tool for companies, we’ll have to see. Personally, I think that I’d rather deal with a Second Life first interview than have to go out and buy video conferencing equipment, load all the software and go through that hassle. Much better, in my opinion, to spend a little while fiddling around with a computer game. I put a long post about this on my blog:

http://lethologicalreader.blogspot.com/2007/06/virtual-job-interviews.html

Semicharm says:

Maybe or maybe not

I agree that a second life interview would make sense for a position that requires working in the virtual world, but the “traditional” remote interview methods aren’t what they are cracked up to be either. I once had a phone interview where the interviewer insisted on using a crappy speaker phone that picked up so much noise and echo that I could barely understand a word she said. Suffices to say that I didn’t get the job.

anonymous says:

I've gotten a job this way

I just sent off the contract for a piece of software, admittedly SL related, after negotiating it and working out the spec with the client in SL.
Of course both parties were experienced SL users.
At one point using email to send a resume to a prospective employer would have been absurd, when the net was small. And for a while it only made sense when applying for a job related to tech.
New technologies often have to wait for enough acceptance to be acceptable. Right now, I wouldn’t be interviewing anyone for a position in SL unless that position was related to SL.
Doing training in SL seems more appropriate at the moment.
But the learning curve for SL is pretty shallow.
More importantly, I’d not want to interview someone if I couldn’t see their facial expressions and read their body language.
But SL’s not just a game. It’s an interesting way to do networking, and to conduct business. That someone is trying to use it in a poor way is no condemnation of the tool.

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