Job interviews in Second Life? Uh oh.

Summary:The Wall Street Journal reports that some companies are using Second Life for job interviews. Uh oh, I may have to take back all of those critical Second Life comments.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some companies are using Second Life for job interviews. Uh oh, I may have to take back all of those critical Second Life comments. Why burn virtual bridges?

The WSJ cites some poor chef who spent six hours learning how to dress his avatar and get around in Second Life. I can relate--I can't dress well in the real world and I suspect that the virtual world would be even harder for me. And I'd have to learn how to fly better. Tying a tie in Second Life and flying may just be too much for me.  

But this is the price of innovation I guess. So with future career prospects in mind I take back the following comments:

"Second Life has gone from zero to cliche in record time as people sit around admiring their avatars. The dirty little secret: It's a productivity drain."

Revised: Second Life is great. I love my avatar, which is some rabbit type thing if I recall. It's a great productivity tool.

"I flew around a bit, got bored and split."

Revised: I find virtual worlds to very interesting from a cultural perspective.

Please forgive my past Second Life doubting.

Topics: IT Employment

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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