Two recent articles point to certain firms beginning
to do “virtual interviewing with AVATAR.”
in the Washington Post where it substituted for telephone
More information was givne in the WSJ article by Anjoli
Athavali “Some employers are experimenting
with Second Life, the online virtual community
owned by San Francisco-based Linden Lab,
to screen prospective hires. The program
allows job seekers to create a computer-generated
image to represent themselves — known as an “avatar” —
and communicate with executives of prospective
employers as though they were instant-messaging.
A number of big companies put the new medium to a
test last month, when recruitment-advertising firm
TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications
LLC hosted a virtual job fair with employers such
as Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corp., Verizon
Communications Inc. and Sodexho Alliance SA, a
food and facilities-management services company.
TMP says it will host another virtual job fair in August.
The use of Second Life for recruiting marks yet
another way that employers are incorporating
popular Web sites into their talent searches.
Employers have already set up pages for prospective
hires on Facebook, the popular social-networking site,
and have posted recruitment videos on Google Inc.’s
YouTube, the videosharing site. Some companies
troll for prospective job candidates on News Corp.’s
MySpace social-networking site.”
The trend is growing.