Are you a recent A&D grad or someone who’s been around a while and is looking for a change? Then you’ll know what we mean when we say that the job hunt is exhausting. We live in the toughest, most competitive job market of all time – no matter what your industry. With new overseas competition, more people graduating from universities than ever and budgets getting tighter every day, standing out from the crowd and proving yourself to potential employers is most likely tougher than anything you’ll encounter in a classroom.
But don’t fret. There’s a way to break through the noise – big time. All it takes is a little time, a little rendering, and a little piece of cardboard.
Utilizing virtual reality for business interviews can really help you set yourself apart from the other people that want the same position. Here’s what it says about you, lonely job-seeker, when you show prospective employers your portfolio in virtual reality.
1. You stand out.
In a sea of black and white, you’re fluorescent. Today’s employers see hundreds of portfolios a day. The one thing they never see? Your designs in (almost) real life. It’s easy to forget a piece of paper – but it’s harder to forget somewhere you’ve (virtually) visited.
2. You can see the future.
One of the biggest problems with recent graduates (in any industry) is the leap from lecture hall to real world, and from theory to practice. Many employers find that new graduates, while full of energy and great ideas, don’t know much about what it’s really like to work in the industry. Whipping out a virtual reality portfolio shows them that your head’s not just in a 1990’s textbook – it’s actually in the future.
3. You’re tech-savvy.
While most people assume that the younger gen are automatically skilled with technology, not everyone is a computer whizz. Pulling out a pair of VR goggles in an interview is a surefire way to let your interviewer know you’re good with tech – and a lot more impressive than the old “proficient with Mac and Windows” note on your resume.
The best part? Virtual reality is super simple to use – but they don’t need to know that!
4. You understand humans.
The biggest impact virtual reality is having in the A&D community is the way it resonates with clients. Typically, the clients architects and designers have aren’t designers themselves. A 2D rendering will never help them understand a space like a pair of goggles will. Embracing virtual reality shows that you already understand this, that you place great importance on client relationships, and that you understand best practices for communication and presentation.
5. Change doesn’t scare you.
Resistance to change is where technology and people clash. Change is scary, unknowable and – at times – risky. If you’re actively using virtual reality technology, you’re proving – without saying a word – that change doesn’t scare you. In fact, it excites you.
6. Bonus: You’re serious about this job.
Virtual reality technology isn’t hard to use, but it’s still another step in the design process. Presenting your designs in virtual reality shows that you’re not afraid to make an extra effort – and you’re serious about this job opportunity.
Start using VR for Interviews
Being able to use VR for your interviews in a world that hasn't seem to realize the power of VR will help you stand out from the competition. Not only are you showcasing your abilities and designs, but you are creating a whole new experience to go alongside it. It's time to consider applying VR for business to kickstart your career as an architect or interior designer.
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