Getting Ready for a Virtual Job Interview

With the rapid development of online technology, more and more people want to know how this would make their lives easier.

In some way, it does help you cut time in (for instance) shopping, paying utility bills among others. However, this relatively-new technology may introduce new ways of doing things we never thought possible while online, such as finding a job.

Believe it or not, some big-scale employers are experimenting with Second Life, an extremely popular online virtual community, to screen prospective hires.

As companies like Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. set up offices in the virtual world, job seekers create computer-generated images of themselves-also known as "avatars"-and communicate with executives of prospective employers that is similar to instant messaging as if they are in an actual job interview.

Here are some tips for job seekers who meet with recruiters in Second Life to increase their chances in landing a job at this unfamiliar environment.

Check your computer’s requirements first – If you are invited through e-mail to attend a job interview through Second Life, you may have to check if your computer has enough hardware and memory for Second Life to run smoothly. Do note that downloading the program would take A LOT of disk space.

Tailor your avatar to the position you are applying for – Wearing a suit is optional, but if you are applying in an employer with a conservative work culture, it’s probably not a good idea to come in as a troll or mermaid.

Rules of instant messaging apply – You don’t have to type in words completely, but remember that messaging etiquette is still being observed. TYPING IN ALL CAPS, FOR INSTANCE, IS A SIGN OF RUDENESS.

Learn how to move around before going to the interview – Just like in a real-life job interview, it would be quite embarrassing to see your avatar do silly things like floating around while seated or handing the recruiter a glass of beer instead of your virtual resume.

Don’t keep multiple programs open when running Second Life – Multi-tasking on your computer is a big no-no in programs like Second Life. It slows down the computer, causing delays in your avatar’s movement as well as receiving and sending messages.

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