Insane companies are doing job interviews in Second Life

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second-life-job-interviews.jpgNow, chances are you spend a lot of time on the internet. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s definitely better than spending your evenings worrying about the sex life of Ian Beale and which moron’s going to get voted off whatever abysmal reality show is currently fashionable.

But doing job interviews? Online? In the odd fantasy world of Second Life? It’s corporate suicide for whoever hires someone based on their “internet persona!”

Global consultancy firm Accenture has apparently been interviewing potential employees in Second Life, following a series of job fairs in the weirdo-collecting virtual game. But people aren’t really the same on the internet as they are in real life, are they? It is literally the worst idea anyone’s had for a good 20 years.

The New Scientist report goes on to list possibly useful applications for Second Life – keeping all the freaky IT staff holed up in online towns and safely away from the normal people.

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Gary Cutlack

2 comments

  • “One of the problems with the internet is that any ingnoramus can write anything”

    Well done for proving your own point 😉

    I thought this was an excellent evaluation of this interview method, and just because someone’s an ‘industry giant’ doesnt mean they don’t have complete idiots working for them.

    If they didnt we wouldnt complain about their technologies and products so much.

  • One of the problems with the internet is that any ingnoramus can write anything, even things they no nothing about. That is apparently what this unidentified author has done. The companies doing interviews in Second Life include such industry giants as IBM, Cisco Systems, and Sun Microsystems as well as many other known names.
    To the author – may I suggest you try a little education for yourself, and stop blathering on about that which you know nothing. These interviews are meant to be preliminary and are followed by real life interviews before candidates are hired. Have you ever had a real job, or is your ignorant pontification the extent of your talent?

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