How Virtual Reality Will Transform Hiring

More and more companies are using virtual reality to recruit and train new employees

How Virtual Reality Will Transform Hiring

Some companies have already started using VR, like German railway company Deutsche Bahn where potential hires can wear a VR headset and experience how the job will be like.

Moreover, Israeli technology company Actiview has a recruitment platform that uses a VR interface to assess potential employees as well as offer a virtual tour of their offices and a chance to virtually meet the chief executive. Roy Elishkov, Actiview’s vice president of strategy and business development says:

“The VR simulation allows us to control what the user sees, hears, feels. We see their behaviour, and we can collect the data. We can monitor their approach. Do they explore the space first, strategize? Are they mission-oriented, do they solve the puzzles in a linear order?”

Virtual reality offer employers new ways to deliver training to new employees, and foster empathy at work. Also, candidates that are being interviewed using VR get realistic tours of the company, making it easier for them to know the work environment and the people they will work with if selected, while the recruiters can assess in real time the skills the person is bringing onboard.

VR can also have a significant effect on training because by using virtual reality for training, plenty of travel, facilities, and equipment expenses can be avoided. Plus, future employees are able to truly grasp the content and information being transmitted during the training.

Using virtual reality is transforming and improving the way companies train, that is why experts believe it will be a mainstream technique in the future. Jeremy Dalton, head of VR at the British consulting firm PwC says:

“VR allows the user to feel immersed in an experience, which is really useful from a skills perspective. There’s a cost argument too, as it can be logistically challenging to create these training scenarios in the real world. VR allows you to explore workplace scenarios and understand the impact of your choices and actions. It is also an effective too for hand-on training, letting people perform the actions with their own hands.”