Employers screening World of Warcraft players?

Recruiters urged not to put MMO players forward for jobs - report

According to a post on the F13 forums, employers are specifically requesting recruitment consultants not to send them World of Warcraft players, reports

The post, spotted by online gaming pioneer Raph Koster and posted on his blog, cites a recruiter working in the online media industry as saying that employers think WOW players are too sleep-deprived and distracted to be effective in the workplace.

"Employers specifically instruct him not to send them World of Warcraft players," said the poster. "He said there is a belief that WOW players cannot give 100 per cent because their focus is elsewhere, their sleeping patterns are often not great, et cetera."

There is a counter-theory that playing WOW - specifically, leading an active guild, which can involve some tricky management of people and time - makes for great employment experience, but the recruiter was having none of it.

"I mentioned that some people have written about MMOG leadership experience as a career positive or a way to learn project management skills, and he shook his head. He has been specifically asked to avoid WOW players," the posted said.

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Latest comments (2)

Mat Bettinson Business Development Manager, Tantalus Media13 years ago
Gosh who'd even mention it at a job interview? When I was leader of a pretty large guild I'd never have mentioned it to my employer. Even though I worked in games, even I genuinely consider it a very useful developmental experience, particularly with time keeping, conflict resolution and mor - no one is going to view it like that.

You're basically like those guys in the Southpark spoof. If you are an honest to God train spotter I think people would view that more highly.

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Are these game development companies or standard businesses? This is a symptom of thinking of employees as inter-changeable entries on a spreadsheet rather than creative individuals who have unique skills and experience to contribute.
IMHO - Every company that is advertising on this website would be well suited to go after avid gamers of any kind, not filtering them out. The old paradigm of spreadsheet logic management has been surpassed by the modern 'employees are our most valuable asset'. This is a skills and knowledge based industry, filter on that.
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