Job interviews in Second Life? Uh oh.

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.

TOPICS: IT Employment

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.

Topic: IT Employment

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  • Second Life

    The only thing I use my avatar for is to make her fly really high, then turn off 'flying' so she plummets to the ground. I'm trying to see if I can kill her, but so far she just 'shakes it off'... maybe I should 'shrink' her overly large boobs and buttocks, I think they are 'creating a safety cushion' for her. hmmmm. If I get interviewed in Second Life can I work in there after I get hired? I'd like to live on a remote island with tropical breezes tickling my body and some surfer dude massaging my neck as I am virtually-hunched over my keyboard... or maybe I can add another avatar to do my work FOR me ("take a letter...").
    a hui hou!
    • Second Life

      Well, Homer Simpson used one of those novelty "drinking birds" to do his job, so sure, why not have your avatar do your job? Of course, the nuclear plant almost blew up when the bird tipped over and failed to press the key to vent the excess radioactive gas. I wonder how much trouble an avatar worker could get into?
      • How much trouble can an SL avatar get into? Let's find out.

        Considering the massive world of Second Life, saying "I wonder how much trouble I can get an avatar worker into" is like saying "I am going to run across a peak traffic hours". Considering the amount of people that just ignore you in there, you have to consider the amount of times your connection actually drops as an additional problem. Could you get into trouble? Sure. How many people will notice? Probably none.

        I mean, how many times have you stepped off a high area in Second Life? How many times have you insulted people? How many times have you pushed, stolen items, lied or manipulated events or conversations in there? And what is the real-life consequences? Zero.

        So how much trouble can an avatar get into? Lots, but nobody will care.

        What do you think?

        cyberk1ll, South Africa
  • its funny...

    its funny when people make fun of things they simply do not understand.
    • Yeah

      David thinks flying might be too hard to learn. Hmm. It consists of holding down the Page Up button. Or if that is too hard, clicking the on-screen button marked Fly.

      Running, on the other hand, took me six months to learn (it's Ctrl-R if you care).

      Seriously though, too many journalist articles about SL are just laughable. The images of their avatars show non-prim hair, default clothes, and all the other stigma of being a rank newbie. Such characters are usually ignored by most SL residents. And too many journalists just want to know about people making a real living in SL (the 0.1% of the population). I've spoken with a few reporters in SL, and many have done little real research before they start to write.

      Is SL the platform of the future? Probably not, as their architecture just doesn't scale up to busy events.
      Is it a hint of what the future might look like? Yes, I think there is a real possiblity of that. So I'll keep engaged.

      David, you really need to look a little more closely before you form an opinion.

      As for the recruiting, yes I could imagine looking for candidates in SL. And I wont be looking at people who joined just to get to the interview. Its a filter, finding people who have the imagination to explore and the tenacity to learn how it works. That sounds like a pretty good aptitude test in itself.
  • Never been in SL, but

    I must say that is sounds similiar to the Matrix. Over time the only pill offered will be the Blue pill due to lack of actual physical activity :)