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Lloyds Bank to use virtual reality to test applicants for graduate programme

Bank will use virtual reality to test potential recruits in situations that are otherwise difficult to recreate

Graduates trying to win a place on Lloyds Banking Group’s leadership programmes for 2017 will be tested using virtual reality (VR).

Lloyds, which receives 20,000 applications a year for 14 graduate leadership programmes, will use the technology on those applying for the digital and IT elements of the programme.

Virtual reality will enable the bank to test applicants in situations it would be unable to create in normal interview and test conditions. It hopes this will help it find people with the right digital minds.

“The candidate will have complete freedom of movement within a 360-degree virtual world and will be able to move virtual objects using tracked motion controls,” said Lloyds.

The bank would not disclose what candidates could expect in the assessment centre, but it said the puzzles would demonstrate the strengths and capabilities required of its future leaders.

Chris Jackson, interim performance, talent and development director at the bank, said: “Adopting virtual reality into the assessment process demonstrates the group’s commitment to digital transformation as part of the Helping Britain Prosper plan. We are the first organisation to use this pioneering technology to assess the strengths of potential future leaders of our organisation.”

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VR is also being used in other sectors, such as education. For example, academics at Reading University see it as an increasingly important research and teaching tool for science and arts subjects. They are applying VR technology across multiple disciplines, and hope to make it a vital element of their research and teaching work.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), said virtual reality would be used to teach students and train doctors in the city state.

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