How Virtual Reality Will Change Recruitment Forever

VR is here, and it has 1000’s more applications than playing Mario Kart in 3D.

It’s going to completely change the world we live in, and completely change recruitment.
To prove I’m not making this stuff up…

    • Mark Zuckerberg is hailing VR headsets as the new smartphones. In fact; Facebook has already bought the leading VR hardware company – Oculus.
    • VR hardware revenues alone are set to reach $8.4bn globally by 2018.
    • Oculus and Samsung recently announced $99 VR personal headsets to launch at the start of 2016.
    • In recruitment: The British Army are already using Virtual Reality in their recruitment process:

British Army Recruitment VR Experience from Visualise on Vimeo.

VR is a genuine chance for recruitment companies to get ahead of the curve. 

Here’s the low down on how it’s going to play out, and how it will impact the industry:


Video interviews are a recruiter’s worst nightmare, especially if the video is one way. Body language is so important but gets lost over Skype, so it’s hard to build understanding or develop a relationship.  For recruiters it often means a process can be over before its started.

Virtual Reality is a revolutionary solution.

Imagine yourself sitting right opposite your candidate in VR, but actually being in different room. Or better still – imagine being a fly on the wall as you watch your candidate interviewing in real time. People see all of each others actions whilst building physical rapport in a way never possible before.

Office Tours

What could be a better sell on a company than giving your candidate a virtual tour around your clients’ office?

General Mills already does:

This forces companies to step their game up to attract talent in the first place. Your candidates can get a feel for what the office looks like, and as companies start to pay a lot more attention to their office design and layout – its an easy way to get any updates across.

Maybe prevent the camera from heading out with everyone on a Friday night though…

Learning and Development

The military already cure PTSD by reenacting situations through VR headsets. Sufferers have reported amazing results by walking through previous operations in VR to help explain and overcome what they’ve seen.

Imagine the power it could have in learning, both for your candidates and within your business. Education technology is on the rise at the same speed as VR itself; and they’re about to intersect.

For recruitment companies – techniques in interviewing, pitching, closing and management can be recorded and worked on in real-time. It definitely beats a boring external website that pops up with ‘Congratulations’ after you get 8 out of 10 on a multiple choice quiz.

You could even be a fly on the wall in the meetings conducted by your top biller – with overlaying commentary and analysis.

Office collaboration

As new recruitment businesses are moving internationally faster and faster it’s becoming much harder to build well bonded teams and create collaboration with offices across the world. VR would help people immerse themselves in meetings when they aren’t actually there, and build relationships faster with people they’ve never met.

Practical Assessments

This depends on what industry you recruit into.

For any job where candidates need practical skills, you can be there and watch them do it. And your clients can to. For engineers, surgeons, chefs, pilots and so on, this is a real game changer.

We’ll have to see how this plays out over time and on it’s applications, but in work environments where VR will quickly become a norm, such as in surgical theatres – there are definitely applications in the assessment, collaboration and monitoring of projects in real-time.

Virtual Reality is here and here to stay. Some recruitment companies are already looking into it as an early competitive advantage and to increase their global reach, so it’s worth keeping a close eye on. Can you think of any more applications? Let us know in the comments below.