French retail giant Carrefour recently revealed that the company has held its first job interviews in the metaverse. This time, the experience took place on a VR platform called Frame VR. So, what does it look like then? Let’s take a look!
What do Carrefour’s job interviews in the metaverse look like?
In a video posted on Twitter by Alexandre Bompard, the CEO of Carrefour is seen addressing a crowd of job seekers on the first day of the virtual recruitment event. According to Bompard, the firm is planning to hire more data analysts and data scientists to join the team. What’s more, the firm expects to hire up to 3,000 data specialists by 2026.
So what if you’re one of the shortlisted candidates? In that case, you will get to attend a job interview within the virtual campus, while enjoying the sea view in Paris. “Having a job interview facing the sea in Paris: today I was taking my first steps in the Metaverse, in the guise of a funny avatar, with young data analyst or data scientist candidates, ” tweeted Bompard who shared the same excitement for the virtual event.
What are netizens’ responses to this event?
Well, all we can say is that many Twitter users are not impressed. In fact, many threw heavy criticisms in regards to the avatars’ graphics quality.
For a start, these avatars are expressionless all the time. Thus, many users questioned the effectiveness of these job interviews in the metaverse. What’s the point of not being able to see job seekers’ facial expressions when interviewing them, right? Given that, many commented that Carrefour could have done it better by running the interviews on Zoom or Google Meet.
Plus, not to mention that these avatars are all armless in the VR setting. To that end, one user even described the avatars’ graphics as being equivalent to “PS1 level” at most. What a savage comment indeed.
Even though Carrefour’s latest move did not get much approval from the netizens, it is still encouraging to see big brands trying to make their presence felt in the virtual world. Back in February this year, the French supermarket bought a virtual plot “the size of 30 supermarkets” in The Sandbox. As of writing, the company has not revealed any plans to develop the virtual land.