Virtual Etiquette

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I’ve been asked quite a lot about if there was a specific eitiquette that people should follow regarding interviewing as an avatar. Well actually as this medium continues to define itself there is a natural common sense approach to how you would present yourself to others in virtual worlds.

First of all one of the beauties of virtual worlds is freedom of expression. Freedom to become your alter-ego. To place strict rules and “labels” upon people’s avatars would conflict with those attributes of virtual worlds.

The power of Second Life’s application is to be able to change your appearance to virtually anything you so desire. Imagine now that candidates can make up their avatars to represent specific attributes that they bring to companies. If you’re a brainiac, maybe your avatar is made up to look like Einstein. Or if you are a problem solver and always get things done and come to the rescue, maybe you’re avatar is a super hero or a fireman. The keys to consider in your decision of how your avatar should appear in the interview are:

• Who you are interviewing with?
Like any interview, do your homework first. What type of organization are they? What industry do they play in? Are they sophisticated? Conservative? Fun? Bold? Serious?

• What specific role are you interviewing for?
Just the same in the real world, interviewing for a marketing position vs. a financial analyst are two distinctly different types of people and should go into the thought process of how you present yourself.

• How do you want to be perceived
As mentioned above, does your avatar enhance your personal brand or distract?

• Is your avatar going to distract from the interview?
Sometimes people create avatars that have glowing orbs, smoke or lights. Some have gestures that has the avatar flipping around, or attachments that flap around the screen. Those could be distracting and annoying during the interview.

From a recruiter’s avatar point of view, the main thing to consider is how you want your company culture to be represented. You want to portray yourself in how you look and act as you would want them to know about your culture.

Chatting
The same etiquette rules apply here as it does for IM or email. ARE YOU SHOUTING? ru 2 cryptic? Is there a lull………………………………………………………………………….between your……………………………………….responses?

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