No need to dress up for job interviews in the metaverse


SK Telecom held a recruitment event on its ifland metaverse platform last September. [SK TELECOM]

If you are looking for a job, you may need to prepare an avatar of yourself for an interview in the metaverse.

Yook So-young, 27, works as a manager at a 7-Eleven branch at Incheon International Airport. To land the job in November, Yook had an online interview on the metaverse platform Gather last October, completed a month-long internship, and then had a final normal video interview with executives.

“Offline interviews can be very frustrating because you can get nervous,” says Yook. “I enjoyed the metaverse interview because it created a friendly environment for interviewees to communicate not only with interviewers, but also with other candidates.”

February is hiring season in Korea, and companies are adopting the metaverse as a hiring tool at lightning speed.

“SK Telecom plans to hire new employees three times this year,” a company spokesperson said. “We are considering hosting a job fair on our metaverse platform, as we did last year.”

Last September, SK Telecom held a recruitment event where job seekers could consult with recruiters on its ifland metaverse platform.

Samsung Electronics has scheduled its second Metaverse recruitment fair for March. The company first applied metaverse technology to the hiring process last year. LG Electronics also launched a metaverse platform to hold a recruitment event in the second half of last year, and plans to hold another in March as well.

Shinsegae’s e-commerce arm, SSG.com, has built a virtual training center dubbed SSG Town on Gather, and the company’s new hires will be trained on the metaverse platform in the first half of this year.

Applicants support the use of the new technology.

In a survey conducted by recruitment website JobKorea last December, 51% of 390 job seekers born between 1985 and 2010 were positive about using metaverse platforms in the hiring process for things like interviews.

“Recruiters can assess candidates’ skills through the metaverse, as they can make presentations or share their portfolios through the online platform,” said Oh Sung-eun, a counselor at the National University of China’s Career Development Center. Seoul.

Metaverse platforms are also useful for blind recruiting, which involves screening candidates based on their professional skills and not personal factors such as gender, race or age, Oh said.

Other notable hiring trends this year include a continuous recruiting system.

The traditional semester-based mass hiring system is giving way to something more flexible, with an increasing number of companies using a continuous hiring system. They hire new employees when the need arises. Incruit found on Tuesday that 68% of large companies say they prefer to hire new employees when they really need them.

Job search website Incruit found that 73% of large companies plan to hire four-year college graduates, up 16.8 percentage points from a year earlier when the Covid-19 pandemic 19 slowed the labor market.

Additionally, 25% of large companies said they would hire more than 100 employees this year, an increase of 17.6 percentage points from 2021. Large companies such as Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are expected to lead the competition. for talent.

On the other hand, only 49.5% of medium-sized companies said they would post job vacancies this year, an increase of 6.1 percentage points from the previous year. For small businesses, the number was 46%, up 13.3 percentage points.

BY KIM KYUNG-JIN [[email protected]]

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