Through the Virtual Looking Glass

I have recently joined the Ingenio Global team, we specialise in Technology Recruiting and Consulting. Rob Magee and James Smith set up Ingenio Global because of their passion for the Industry. The way Rob and James’s talk about what they do, how they help their clients and Ingenio Globals potential is invigorating. They have great ideas for the future of Ingenio, but I have some of my own.

I have always been interested in new technology, I am from the Generation Y demographic and to be fair the vast majority of us Generation Y’s love anything tech based, it has become an integral part our lives. We can embrace this fact or we can ignore it. I am a firm believer that we need to keep up with the times.  My gut feeling is that 2016 is the start of the Technology Revolution. We are teetering on the edge of every day use of Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and what I’m going to talk about, Virtual Reality (V.R).

Virtual Reality is undoubtedly the future and the revolution is starting right now! We saw a glimpse of VRs potential in 2015 but 2016 is the year it’s going to take off in my opinion. According to tech adviser Digi-Capital, VR and AR are markets that could generate as much as $120 billion in revenue by 2020. The Major players in the VR industry are the Oculus Rift, HTC and now Apple.

VR is slowly but surely taking over the gaming industry and its bound to flood other industries. Gamers are obsessed with games such as World of Warcarft, Minecraft and Grand theft auto 5. These are all games where you are placed in a Virtual world, you live your life there, you build a home, you interact with other users but it is missing that real feeling and that is where VR steps in, VR gives you the sensation that you are physically there. It is the first step to lessen the gap between a Virtual life and a Real life.

Through the Virtual Looking Glass

Clearly we can see the potential for VR but what does this mean for Ingenio Global. My idea is VR Offices, interviews, and Real Life Work Situations;

VR Office:

Getting the ideal candidate is hard, but getting them to where they geographically need to be is time consuming and cost ineffective. VR could eliminate the need for a prospective candidate to travel to see a company’s office and get to know their potential work environment. They could be given a tour of the office or they could just free roam around and take it all in. This opportunity would both be easier but also exciting for the prospective candidate.

Interviews:

Imaging how great this would be for both the Interviewer and equally the Interviewee. The interview could be easy to organize and it would be a more structured and organized environment. The interviewer would have control of the situation and then it would be up to the prospective candidate to react in the correct manner.

Real Life Work Situations:

In day-to-day life nothing is certain and anything can happen, sometime it is important to see how somebody reacts in high tempo and stressful situations. Do they stay relaxed or can they not handle the pressure? These are hard questions and maybe a step too far but they might be the necessary step if you want the best and ideal candidate.

Overall VR is coming and its up to us to be ahead of the curve or we might quickly find ourselves as outdated as Videotapes.