After we posted about the BBC’s disaster (in our opinion) of a job fair, we heard from a commenter who felt differently.
Allan Hoving says he attended an Amazon virtual job fair inside Second Life earlier this month, and it went really well.
“There were dozens of avatars moving through there throughout the day. I had a substantive ‘interview’ with a recruiter there. All in all, it seemed to be to have been a successful event.”
Here’s a screengrab of the event that Hoving also sent us:
second life Amazon job fair – sent by allan hoving
We’re still skeptical of “virtual” worlds of all kinds, but if this event succeeded in the minds of at least one jobseeker, it’s due to one reason: Amazon reps were actually there. The booth was staffed with a live human from 6am to midnight on July 16.
Amazon wrote on its Web Services blog prior to the event that they were using Second Life to conduct the round-one interview. (“the equivalent of a phone screen”)
Plus, just like any good real-life job fair, the Second Life fair had swag. “We’ll be giving away some cool virtual goods including Amazon.com T-Shirts, Door Desks, and a high-performance aircraft,” the web team wrote.
Lest you think this event was for techies only—and therefore you word people are excluded from learning how to get virtual—the fair was recruiting for open positions across the company. “Amazon is looking for all levels of technical and non-technical candidates, from hands-on engineers to program managers and game-changing principal architects.”