Virtual Reality for Job Candidates- Preparing Via Virtual Interviews

by Guy Frum

You've been waiting for so long, then finally, you get an email. The company you've always wanted to work at made you an invitation. You are elated, filled with joy. But there is one final hurdle to cross. An interview.
You break into sweat. You're not the most confident person you know, and your conversation style in a formal setting needs some work. But what if you could perfect your technique with a rehearsal in virtual reality first? 


Interviews are nerve-racking for both first-timers and the more experienced job seekers. They last for about 45-90 minutes, and it is said that recruiters only need about ninety seconds to determine if they are going to hire a candidate, making first impressions as important as ever.

Bodyswaps, a virtual reality company, created an artificial intelligence program that can help candidates prepare better for their interviews, with the AI representing the interviewer and synced to record the candidates' responses.

They put on their VR headsets and face Virtual Avatars that pose a series of interview-related questions from a random combination. The questions range from popular nail-biting ones like, “Why should we give you this job?” to the complex problem-solving questions, “How do you deal with a situation where you don't have a solution for a problem?”

After the practice session, the candidates can look at their recordings from the point of view of the interviewer and listen to their responses.

The AI also gives suggestions on how to improve their interview strategies. Body posture, slouching is frowned upon, and even the use of filler words. It teaches them to maintain eye contact at least half the time and be assertive in their responses.

Hand gestures, talking speed, and body language is also looked at. And there is no fear of monotony or repetition as the AI can field questions from more than six billion question combinations.
In addition to all these, the interview can be held privately, away from the pressure of prying eyes. It can also be used to assess the decision-making capacity of candidates. An AI in Virtual Reality to gently nudge you in the right direction is way better than staring at your reflection in the mirror and hoping to get better.


Analysts have concluded that interviewers are looking to employ confident candidates, though it is natural to feel nervous during your interview; bear in mind that sixty percent of candidates are given the job based on their confidence alone. 

Many job seekers are already adopting the VR approach. A space where you can practice your speeches and interviews, be criticized or applauded, your mistakes corrected, and your techniques sharpened, is a welcome development. A reality where you can have the interview many times before the eventual, as many times as you want, can do a lot for your confidence and might just be the extra push you need to get that dream job.