Have you ever applied for a job using VR? If you’ve ever been in the position of starting a new job only to find it’s nothing like what is in the description and quitting shortly after, maybe try applying at MGM Resorts.
The company is using Virtual Reality headsets to simulate roles, allowing applicants to try them out first in the hopes that it can retain its new hires, according to Business Insider.
MGM Resorts, manager of the world-famous Bellagio in Las Vagas (among others), is using VR headsets from Strivr, a company that specializes in enterprise VR training. The US is facing a rather dire ‘labour crisis‘ at the moment, especially in the hospitality industry.
Because VR and real-life are exactly the same, right?
“It can be very difficult just to verbally explain the types of positions or show a video,” said Laura Lee, MGM Resorts’ chief HR officer. She added that by using the headsets, applicants can “throw a headset on and really experience the job.”
We’ll admit that as far as using VR goes, this isn’t all that bad. It definitely beats VR chat. But if you’ve ever worked in the hospitality or service industry you’ll know the activities that your job requires is only half the struggle. Karens and other difficult guests make up the other half. To prepare potential hires for this the VR module will include “difficult guest interactions”.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to work at the same casino that Brad Pitt and George Clooney fooled back in the day, apply at MGM Resorts.