What if virtual reality came to the rescue of employment?

IRVINE, Calif., May 2, 2012EON Reality, the world’s leading interactive 3D software provider, today announced that the Association Promouvoir la Réalité Virtuelle (APRV), the Interactive Digital Center in Clermont Ferrand, France, together with Athalia, an HR training and consulting agency, inaugurated on April 25th a virtual job interview simulator. Real candidates face a virtual jury made of remotely controlled avatars which ask questions and interact with the candidates based on their answers.  The candidate is placed within an immersive Icube, surrounded by stereoscopic 3D projection on three walls and the floor, in front of a scale 1:1 jury.


“This facility is far more interesting than just a PC screen, because it generates emotional feelings and responses from the candidate,” said Laurent Baleydier, Director of APRV. “Every head movement is tracked by 9 cameras and computers calculate the right point of view every hundredth of a second, this creating a highly realistic environment.  The result is a sense of realism, and job seekers who have tested the Icube were really amazed.”

For Bertrand Tabellion, Director of Athalia, the immersive 3D simulator offers many benefits: “All candidates are evaluated under the exact same conditions: it is a fair system by definition. Moreover, instead of mobilizing many people in the jury, we need one single operator only to control their reactions.”

The system is in fact controlled remotely using a touch pad that offers the full range of emotions and a series of predefined questions. “From time to time, we need to intervene physically to re-launch the interview process, because nothing can replace the recruiter’s sense of repartee! Most of the simulation is automated, and we will soon offer new versions with enhanced interactivity,” continued Mr. Tabellion.

About APRV

Association Promouvoir la Réalité Virtuelle (APRV) aims to provide access to virtual reality technology for the private and public. Its goals include developing innovative applications in partnership with laboratories, engineering schools and universities, and create indirect jobs. For further information, visit www.aprv.eu

About EON Reality
EON Reality, Inc. is the world’s leading interactive 3D visual content management and virtual reality software provider. Industry leaders, including Atlas Copco, Bechtel, Boeing, Bombardier, Hon, Intel, Lexus, Lufthansa -Teknik, Peterbilt, Samsung, Siemens Medical, Suzuki, Toyota and Whirlpool, use EON solutions to enhance the interactive user experience to effectively increase sales, better communicate product functionality and decrease the cost of service, training and technical support. For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.