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6 Crazy (and Real!) Hiring Practices

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

4. Virtual Reality Hiring

Who says the hiring process has to be a dull affair of forms and monotonous meetings? Some HR departments at big name companies like Sun Microsystems are tapping into more creative methods.

Sun teamed up with vendor Enspire Learning to develop two online video games as part of its new hire integration process. “Rise of the Shadow Specters” and “Dawn of the Shadow Specters” serve as a fun way to learn about the company structure and history, as opposed to a traditional on-boarding program. One goal of this $100,000 enterprise was to target Gen X and Gen Y employees. “Rise” uses a puzzle format where there are evil “Specters” to destroy and specific goals to achieve. “Dawn,” on the other hand, is a slower, story-based game, lacking the competitive targets of its counterpart.

In fact, 3D and virtual reality programs are increasing in popularity with companies for their training and talent management needs.

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