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Are you someone who despises interviews because you get nervous and tongue tied and sweaty? Some employers have begun experimenting with Multi-User Virtual Environments, or MUVEs, to interview prospective employees. It's kind of like sending someone else to interview in your place, except they're wearing an ear piece and will answer questions exactly how you want.

So what exactly is a MUVE? To find out just

Companies like Second Life sell virtual "islands" to corporate customers for the purpose of hosting in-world meetings. Users develop the appearance of their avatar by selecting from hundreds of characteristics and wardrobe choices.

Conversations take place in a text-based chat window that works like instant messaging. In-world interviews aren't meant to necessarily take the place of typical interviews and an employer of Second Life said that they're "best used as one part of a recruitment process that also includes a combination of telephone interviews, videoconferences, email exchanges, or face-to-face meetings."

It could be a good icebreaker between employers and prospective employees and may be especially effective if you're trying to get a job internationally.


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geebers geebers 9 years
Look at it from the other side- you have to be able to see and explore your environment. I, for one, would never accept a job without knowing what the environment and culture was like. Can I fit in? Do I feel like I can last there? All questions that can only be answered face-to-face at an interview. Interviewing is not just THEM interviewing YOU - it is also YOU interviewing THEM. If you go in with that attitude, it will help you if you are too nervous.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I think that this is terrible. How can the interviewer evaluate someone if they can't meet them? I wouldn't hire anyone this way. MAYBE, MAYBE if it were for a long distance position. But there would have to be a good reason.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
sounds like they are too scared to interview. I hate interviews, but its a part of the process of getting a job, especially if others are interviewing in person. Bad idea, but I guess that they wouldn't be too much of a threat to the others who actually have confidence to show up.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I would not like this at all. I am also weird and love interviews so I do not see this as a benefit at all.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I don't know whether this would work for me, either as a prospective employee or prospective employer. So much of the interview process, once you've gotten past the weeding-out of obviously unqualified candidates or unsuitable jobs, is about figuring out whether you would fit well with an organization or whether an organization/boss would work for you. I don't see how one can get a feel for that intangible vibe/chemistry without a face-to-face interview, as nerve-racking as that may be.
Marci Marci 9 years
Maybe I'm not understanding this because it sounds to me like it's just putting off the inevitable; which is to actually meet the people you'll have to work with. No one likes interviews - well, except for me - but most people don't, but you still have to let them see you and you see them. There's a lot of chemistry involved in getting a job. If they have chemistry with your avi but not you, you're in deep doo-doo.
emalove emalove 9 years
Sounds really bizarre...I'd rather just go myself.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I think it could be beneficial for job seekers like me, looking for jobs out of state and cannot travel to all potential employers. It would be a good first interview and the proceed to a face to face. Interesting.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
Second Life?! Probably not a wise thing to do!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
That's a . . . Really bad idea.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
This sounds pretty interesting! I like the idea of it.
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