HR Strange But True!
August 30, 2007

If you've ever been nervous about a job interview or wished you could practice the whole thing before you go, the latest interactive game provided by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution could be just the thing.

Aptly titled "Nail the Interview" the web-based game allows the player to pick a character, hair color, and even skin tone. Players interview for either a management position or an entry level position, and the difficulty of the game varies based on which level is chosen.

At the beginning of the game, the player is asked to choose the best résumé, decide whether or not to send a cover letter, and participate in a phone interview. If you pick the résumé with grammatical errors, or cut the phone interview short for a call waiting on the other line, a letter of rejection arrives in your simulated mailbox. Game over.

Assuming you do have the skills to get the panel interview, you'll be asked to choose your wardrobe and accessories. Here's where too many choices can cause trouble. There are a few obvious fashion faux pas, including (for one female character) a plaid t-shirt and jeans and a green sweater with khakis ensemble. Other more professional choices include a pant suit and a jacket.

With a whole room of accessories, it is important to choose wisely. Putting on three types of perfume and bringing a bevy of digital devices quickly will get you a letter of rejection. While you play, you will be prompted to click on "interview tips" and other tutorials to help you "Nail the Interview"

By far the most entertaining part of the game is the interview itself. The panel asks you a series of questions, and depending on your answer, you will get the opportunity to interview one on one with a part of management. If you ace both interviews, you will be given a job offer, and be able to negotiate a salary.

After many attempts, we've discovered there is no pay disparity regardless of the age, gender, or skin color of the character you choose to play as. It is good to know that this interactive web game is indeed an equal opportunity employer, even if it is a virtual one. The salary offers range from the low $30,000 up to about $104,000 as posted on the "high salary list."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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